Shaun Toms
Lucky resident Shaun Toms was definitely “in it to win it” and his recycling has bagged him the first green ticket! 

Shaun Toms, aged 49 from Porth, couldn’t believe his luck and neither could his wife Kathryn, when he unrolled his clear recycling bags and discovered a green ticket. Shaun who picked up his bags from the Porth Plaza collection point, is an avid recycler and often shares recycling tips to his passengers in Tomsy Taxis.

Shaun called the recycling team to say he found a green ticket and it was confirmed that his fantastic recycling efforts had paid off and he has now been crowned a Bagsy for Life green ticket winner.

Shaun recycles all his household items and leftover food as he is passionate about the environment and wants to make a difference both locally in RCT and for future generations.

The BAGSY for life competition was launched in October 2019 and green tickets have been hidden in rolls of recycling bags across the County Borough and the lucky residents, like Shaun, who find them will win a BAGSY for life designed by Rhondda's answer to Banksy - BAGSY!

All Council’s in Wales must hit the Welsh Governments 70% recycling target for 2024/25 to avoid significant Welsh Government fines. More and more RCT residents are now recycling and thanks to this great recycling effort, household and food waste recycling tonnages have already seen an increase. This latest green initiative aims to recognise and reward this fantastic effort - Well done RCT!

But residents have to keep up the good work as you've got to RECYCLE to WIN IT! The more you recycle, the more chance you have to find the green ticket. Only 100 tickets are being released and not only will you scoop yourself a BAGSY for life, but you will be entered in to a free prize draw to bag a signed, limited edition, framed BAGSY original picture.

Everyone is Doing IT and it’s now time to…..Stop. Think. Recycle and luckily recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf couldn't be easier, with a weekly, unlimited 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). 

It is estimated that 3 out of 4 residents are doing a great job at recycling and 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.  

To further help residents they can now check what you can and can’t recycle in RCT by searching the A-Z online recycling guide. Thanks to residents feedback the comprehensive list of items is continuing to grow - find out what you can recycle at 

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said:

“Congratulations to Shaun, our first official Bagsy for life winner – also a big thank you to our residents for recycling. Recycling figures are continuing to grow and this is thanks to people like Shaun and all of our fantastic recycling residents - the BAGSY for life campaign is our way of thanking residents for their continuing effort and support. The great thing about the competition is that all you have to do is "recycle to win it" as Shaun has shown us, get recycling RCT and bag yourself a green ticket and a BAGSY for life!”

In the words of Shaun Toms, “Start recycling, look through your recycling bags and you never know, you might be lucky like me.”

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Posted on Wednesday 22nd January 2020

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