Posted on Friday 25th May 2012
Mark Her Majesty (HM) the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Environmentally!
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has received over 28 applications for street party’s right across the County Borough, resulting in lots of residents planning to attend a celebration to mark this auspicious occasion – but with parties comes extra waste! Make sure you recycle you cans, plastics and left over food this royal bank holiday.
Every Bank Holiday we pray for sunshine and warmer weather and the Royal 2-day Bank Holiday will be no exception – but as the temperature rises, so too does the amount of rubbish we produce. From the disposable plates and glasses we will use at our Diamond Jubilee parties to the drinks cans and bottled water we gulp down in the hot weather, it all contributes to the 4 million tonnes of rubbish that is thrown away in Wales each year.
While we are all getting much better at recycling the waste we produce when we’re in our own home, it seems all too easy to forget when we are outdoors or visiting friends.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is championing the green fight and urging residents to take up the waste free RCT challenge by recycling and disposing of their waste appropriately!
From dogs mess to cigarette butts and chewing gum it’s all litter and all these items can ruin the celebration for the whole community when streets are left untidy and littered following the Royal celebrations!
Nigel Wheeler, Service Director for Streetcare, said: “This very special Bank Holiday is not only a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours and celebrate this fantastic occasion, but a chance for residents to champion the green fight and encourage their friends and families to keep recycling.
“Last year, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council secured excellent recycling collection rates, with over 50 per cent of all household waste being diverted from landfill, thanks to the efforts of residents, working with the Council.
“This is the highest-ever percentage we have secured and we are determined to do even better in 2012.
“It is so easy to do your bit, think about taking your recyclable materials home with you and putting them in the free clear bags, food waste in the convenient caddy, leaving very little left for the black bag. It is all collected on the same day every week – simply put it by the kerb after 7pm the evening before collection and we will do the rest!”
During the Diamond Jubilee 2-day Bank Holiday period the way in which the Council’s Streetcare team provides residents Refuse and Recycling Collection services will change.
All domestic refuse and recycling should be placed at its normal collection point by 7am on the revised collection days below -
Normal Collection Day Revised Collection Day
Monday 4th June Monday 11th June
Tuesday 5th June Tuesday 12th June
The five Community Recycling Centres will be open as usual during the Bank Holiday period – 8:00 to 19:30 and are based in the following locations across the County Borough:
• 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
All of these facilities will cater for all recycling needs, including white goods, cardboard, clothing, plastics, light fittings, wood, glass, metal, engine oil, fluorescent tubes, plasterboards, old toys, paint, tyres, old tv’s and lots more. There will also be a reuse store so that anything which is reusable can be and this will dovetail into the new welsh Government Sector Plans for reuse.
Council offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (4th and 5th June) and normal refuse and recycling collection service and opening hours will resume on Wednesday 6th June.
Recycling has never been easier, with an efficient weekly collection service, free recycling bags easy-to-access community recycling centres, free collection of larger items, an ever-increasing list of items that can be placed in the clear bags and now food waste recycling.
Recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf is free and easy. You can order your clear recycling bags, free of charge, by calling 01443 425001.
You can also collect them from libraries, Council Offices and One4All centres. There are a number of community recycling centres where you can take your items for recycling and a comprehensive guide to how you can get involved can be obtained by calling 01443 425001 or alternatively visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/waste.