Love your blooming garden this National Gardening Week (Monday 29 April - Sunday 5 May 2019) by recycling your green waste.

As we begin look forward to a hot summer of sunshine (and probably plenty of showers), Rhondda Cynon Taf gardens are starting to bloom and avid gardeners are busy tending to them.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is reminding residents that all green waste can be recycled at the kerbside as part of the weekly summer recycling collections.

All residents need to do is place their green waste (no soil) into their normal clear recycling bags and leave it at the kerbside on your normal collection day. All the Council asks is that you keep it separate from your normal recycling as green waste is recycled differently and by a separate vehicle.

Last year the Council and its residents recycled a staggering 7182 tonnes of green waste, around the same weight as the Eiffel Tower! This green waste can then be turned in to compost and woodchip for gardens and parks across the County Borough and beyond!

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: "As a County Borough we are doing a great job at recycling and I'd like to thank our residents for working with the Council to support a sustainable future. We still have a little way to go, and I would urge those residents who are still not recycling to support a greener future - the choice really is clear. We estimate that 75% of our residents are recycling and that is why the waste limits and awareness raising activities are targeted at those who do not.

“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council continues to encourage and support people to recycle by running an accessible and innovative recycling service, complemented by ongoing public education and awareness-raising.

“We make the service as user-friendly as possible, continually extending the way in which you can recycle and what you can recycle. Together we can make our County Borough a cleaner, greener place to live, work and visit.

 “The CLEAR A-Z online recycling search tool, is proving to be a great help for residents to find out what we can and can't recycle in our County Borough. This tool and the introduction of black bag/bin waste limit almost one year ago is proving to be very useful in helping us in our aim to hit the Welsh Government recycling targets for 2024/25 of 70%, and avoid large fines being imposed."

Used hay, straw and sawdust bedding from 'vegetarian' small animals such as rabbits, birds, guinea pigs etc. can be also be placed into a separate CLEAR recycling bag and will be collected at the same time as green waste. Dog or cat waste and litter MUST be placed in to your Black bag waste.

Unfortunately, the Council are unable to collect old or damaged sheds and patio sets at the kerbside - however these can be taken to one of our Community Recycling Centres where they can be recycled from there. Community Recycling Centres are open from 8am until 7.30pm - even on Sunday's and Bank Holiday Monday's

For further information on green waste recycling visit To find out what can and can't be recycled in the CRCs visit  

Posted on Wednesday 1st May 2019

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