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Witches, Ghouls and Goblins are Doing IT this Halloween!

Halloween is the perfect time to think GREEN and wake up to the scary consequences of not recycling!

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is asking its residents to ‘go green’ and fill their green food waste caddies/bins with all their ghastly party leftovers instead of sending it to rot in landfill.  

Each year, more than one million pumpkins are sold in the UK, 99% of which are used just to carve into lanterns.

Thousands more children across the County Borough are once again preparing to keep up the tradition by carving pumpkins, ducking apples and taking part in spooky activities at home.

Whilst carving pumpkins is a fun activity, the Council is reminding its residents that the insides of carved pumpkins, and also the shell of the pumpkin and remnants of Ducking Apples, can be deposited in the green food waste caddy, ready for weekly kerb-side collection after Halloween.

Everyone’s doing IT this Halloween and recycling is firmly becoming part of our daily household routine all year around and IT is here to stay - As a nation, Wales is scarily good at IT and currently has an overall recycling rate of 63%, placing us as one of the best recycling nations.

The latest figures show that in the first quarter of 2019/20 RCT residents are now doing IT better than ever before, as the recycling rate reaches 67%.

The food waste recycling scheme is also reaching scary new heights with more and more residents saying they recycle their food waste. Food waste now accounts for almost 20% of what is collected every month, with 5,479 tonnes being collected since April – RCT is Doing IT!

Halloween is also a great time to clear the skeletons out of your cupboards and get rid of your dusty old relics!

Why not clear out the garage or spare room and raise some items from the dead, giving them a new lease of life by either taking them to The Shed in Llantrisant or Treherbert, or recycling them in one of the Community Recycling Centres across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

By jumping on your broom and taking your old items to one of the Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) you will ensure that these items are recycled and turned in to new treasures and, you never know, your old cardboard toy box could be the next magazine you buy. You will also clear some space in your house for a ghoulish Halloween party!

Remember to sort through your waste prior to dropping them at the Centre, as mixed items are not accepted.

All Centres are manned and the attendants are happy to advise residents on recycling and assist them in disposing of their household material.

From November 4th the CRCs will be operating under winter opening hours - 8am to 5.30pm.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “The Halloween season is a great time for families to have fun, although it is still important that we remember to think green and recycle all the extra waste that we might create.

“The support of our householders towards our food waste kerbside recycling has been amazing so far, and I would like to thank each and every resident of our County Borough for doing their bit.

"The great news is that more and more of our residents are thinking green every day and the latest figures are testament to this. We’re asking all the little (and big) witches and ghouls to recycle all their scary waste this Halloween and to also take their litter home to recycle after they have received their lovely treats when out trick or treating."

Recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf couldn't be easier, with a weekly, unlimited recycling collection and a wide variety of places, across the County Borough to pick up your recycling bags from! You can even order bags and sign up to food waste and nappy recycling online. In addition to this, ALL Community Recycling Centres across the County Borough are open 7 days a week from 8am - 7.30pm (March-October) 8am - 5.30pm (November to March). 

On average 80% of household waste is recyclable - that's 8 out of every 10 bags of waste created by households being recycled and turned in to something new.  

The Council has issued the following tips for a ‘Green Halloween’:

  • Avoid using plastic Trick or Treat bags
  • If you are planning a Halloween party, don't send out paper invitations
  • Avoid using disposable plates at Halloween parties
  • After your party, place any food waste into your caddy for collection
  • Make Halloween costumes by reusing old clothes or buying from charity shops
  • Bored of the same costume every year? Why not arrange a costume swap with family, friends or neighbours?
  • Use the flesh of the pumpkin as the main ingredient in a tasty dish like pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie or roasted pumpkin risotto. Pumpkin can also be used as a cheap and tasty alternative to sweet potato - Or pop it in your food waste caddy for collection.
  • Even pumpkins seeds can be put to good use – toast them in a dry pan or roast them in the oven, and store them in an airtight jar. They make a great healthy topping for soups, pastas, muesli or salads.
  • Once you've finished with your pumpkin shell don't forget to put it in your food waste caddie for collection.

For more information on recycling in RCT follow us on facebook and twitter or visit the recycling pages.

Posted on Thursday 31st October 2019

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