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With Recycle Week 2017 just around the corner, the Council is preparing to celebrate its excellent recycling performance while spreading further its message about re-using waste materials.

The national recycling week will be recognised up and down the country from September 25 to October 1 – and there is a real reason for Rhondda Cynon Taf residents to be proud of their efforts in the past year.

The Welsh Government announced in April that more than 64% of waste in Rhondda Cynon Taf was recycled in the 2016 calendar year – a record for any 12-month period in the County Borough’s history which was above the Welsh average (63%) and the Welsh Government’s current target (58%).

Another success in recent months was opening The Shed at Llantrisant Community Recycling Centre – an innovative re-use shop going the extra mile to recycle. Attendants and volunteers at the shop identify re-usable items that people have thrown out, and they are put on sale instead of going to landfill.

However, while more and more people are rising to the Council’s recycling challenge there is still more progress to be made – as the Welsh Government’s target rises to 70% by 2024-25. So if each and every person recycled just one more item, it would make a huge difference.

To mark Recycle Week 2017, the Council’s Streetcare team will be out and about, taking their promotional trailer to members of the public. The team will hand out FREE recycling bags and offer advice on how residents can do even more to help our recycling rates keep on rising.

So, put the following dates in your diary for Recycle Week 2017:

-       Monday, September 25 – Asda Tonypandy (10am-2pm)

-       Tuesday, September 26 – Asda Aberdare (10am-2pm)

-       Wednesday, September 27 – Tesco Upper Boat (10am-2pm)

-       Thursday, September 28 – Dunraven Street, Tonypandy (10am-2pm)

-       Friday, September 29 – Library Square, Aberdare (10am-2pm)

-       Saturday, September 30 – Mill Street, Pontypridd (10am-4pm)

Meanwhile, in the lead up to Recycle Week 2017, the Council will also be raising awareness with students on what they can do to further play their part in the wider recycling effort. During the week starting September 18, the Council’s Streetcare team will be out and about engaging with students, taking the promotional trailer – and the Council’s recycling message – to them.

The Council is also working with landlords on the small things they can do to make a big difference – whether it’s providing a food caddie and recycling poster in student homes, or providing a recycling leaflet and collections calendar.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “The Council is delighted to play its part in Recycle Week 2017, when our Streetcare team will engage with residents across the County Borough on how to further improve our recycling performance – which currently stands above the Welsh average.

“In previous years Recycle Week has proved invaluable, and I’m sure this year will be no different. I’d encourage residents to go and speak to our Streetcare team at one of the six events organised for Recycle Week 2017, for ideas, information and encouragement on how to recycle even more.

“We are making good progress in Rhondda Cynon Taf when it comes to re-using waste materials, and while we currently sit above the Welsh Government’s recycling target we need to engage with more and more people to hit ever-rising future targets. This is why Recycle Week 2017 is such an important event, to spread the Council’s message far and wide.”

Don’t forget, the Council has seven dedicated Community Recycling Centres, which recycle more than 85% of all items received. They are at:

  • Ty Amgen, Llwydcoed, CF44 0BX
  • Cymmer Road, Dinas, CF39 9BL
  • Nantygwyddon Road, Gelli CF41 7TL
  • North Road, Ferndale, CF43 4RS
  • Treforest Industrial Estate, CF37 5TT
  • Llantrisant 100% Recycling Centre, CF72 8YT
  • Treherbert Industrial Estate, Treherbert, CF42 5HZ.

For more information on recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf, visit: http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/BinsandRecycling/BinsandRecycling.aspx.

Posted on Friday 22nd September 2017

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