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Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has set out its commitment to make a difference not just locally but globally - as Cabinet approves recommendations to increase the Council’s recycling rate to 80% by 2024/25.

The recommendations, which were initially presented to the Climate Change Cabinet Steering Group, in December will see the Council change its recycling target to 80%, along with producing a suitable Social-Marketing Campaign informing residents of the need to recycle.

The report details the Council’s recycling performance for the first six months of 2019/20, the new Materials Recovery Facility, future developments at Bryn Pica and potential legislative changes. Recycling saves energy, reduces greenhouse gases and helps tackle climate change. Recycling will play a pivotal role in helping the Council achieve its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.  

The recommendations are based on the Council’s continued improvements as recycling figures have increased year on year – this is thanks to the combined efforts of its residents and improved facilities. Figures from the last six months show that the Council is on target to hit the Welsh Governments 70% target five years early.

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

“Recycling is a key priority for the Council and will play a pivotal role in helping the Council achieve its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The next Welsh Government recycling target for this Council is the 2024/2025 target of 70%. If we can maintain this performance and improve slightly we are well on course to achieve this considerably earlier than we need to. It is hoped that provision of the new Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Bryn Pica will go a long way in taking us over the target and towards 80%.

“We can only do this with the support of our residents and I would ask that if every resident could recycle just one more thing, or Stop.Think.Recycle then together this new target is achievable and will show how making changes locally can help us to make a difference globally.”

This year the Welsh Government target is set at 64% and failure to meet these targets could result in Councils receiving substantial fines. The fines are based on confirmed performance, meaning every ton missed in relation to this target, could result in a minimum fine of £200 per ton.

All Councils in Wales have to develop working systems to deliver these targets through new Materials Recycling Facilities, and true circular economy whilst ensuring they are able to change when there are legislative changes.

The Council recently invested in a new Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Bryn Pica, which it is hoped will increase the recycling percentages even further by improving the plants efficiency and output quality. Rhondda Cynon Taf’s recycling collection method is one of the easiest in Wales, so there is no excuse not to recycle.

In the future the Council is looking to build on the success of the Biogen Anaerobic Digestion plant, the Mattress Recycling Facility, Education Centre and Landfill site at Bryn Pica to develop an Eco Park on site, utilising the energy produced and providing units where businesses can set up and make a product from the materials we collect from Wales, in Wales - utilising green energy to develop a true circular economy.

Posted on Friday 24th January 2020

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