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Treat the World and Recycle This Christmas

BE MIGHTY and help save the PLANET by recycling all your extra waste this Christmas. Small steps can have a MIGHTY BIG effect on our world all year around – not just at Christmas.

This Christmas we’re asking RCT residents to continue their mighty work and to fill their clear bags and food waste bags with all their extra mighty Christmas recycling and help fight climate change at the same time!

Recycling plays an essential role in tackling climate change and it’s a simple thing that everyone can do to help make a real and MIGHTY impact. The last 18 months have definitely brought many challenges and RCT households and residents have been making sure that, come what may, they have recycled and that’s great news, not just for our County Borough but for Wales and the wider environment.

The festive period often includes lots of food and presents and it is estimated that household waste increases by over 30% during this time - which means lots of extra recycling!

Residents can enjoy a waste-free holiday by recycling all their unavoidable food waste (turkey bones, plate scrapings etc), extra plastic bottles, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, real Christmas trees, tubs and trays, metal cans, glass bottles, jars, cardboard packaging and lots more, during the festive season.

Despite all that the last two years has thrown at RCT residents, their Mighty Recycling efforts have led to tens of thousands of tonnes of recycling being collected!

As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to climate change and recycling, it recently announced a change to the way it collects green waste recycling - The introduction of new sustainable and reusable green sacks will see the Council reduce its overall plastic usage by around three million clear bags

annually. In addition to this the Council has asked its residents to register for the service so that the crews can avoid unnecessary journeys, reducing the Council’s overall carbon footprint – register at

If residents continue these efforts over the festive period, together we are on target to have a ‘Mighty Waste Free Holiday’.

The food waste recycling scheme is also reaching festive new highs with more and more residents saying they recycle their food waste. Food waste now accounts for almost 20% of what is collected every month.

Of course, the easiest items to recycle at Christmas are all the plastic and paper/cardboard packaging that you’ll come across during the festive period. So, after the presents are unwrapped and you’re wondering how to clear away the mountain of boxes, paper bags and wrapping paper – simply pick up your clear recycling bag and fill it up. But please remember to put ALL wrapping paper in to a separate CLEAR bag, including foil or glitter wrapping paper. Also, flatten any cardboard boxes and paper bags to make space in your recycling.

To free up even more space you can also visit one of the local community recycling centres (CRCs) to dispose of your non-kerbside items such as clothes, old toys and electrical items – please ensure you sort your waste before visiting, that you don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19 and adhere to the current COVID-19 CRC rules which are in place to keep us all safe (

Our CRCs are open from 8am until 5.30pm every day except for a 3.30pm closure on 24th and 31st December and complete closure on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Sunday 2nd January 2022.

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

“I'd like to wish all our residents a waste-free holiday and thank each and every one of them for supporting a greener future for RCT all year round.

"The festive period means extra waste and it’s a great time to find your inner elf, think green and recycle all the additional packaging, wrapping paper and cards.

“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council continues to support people and is encouraging residents to keep up the good work all year round. The Council provides an accessible and innovative recycling service, complemented by ongoing public education and awareness-raising.

“The support of our householders towards our food waste recycling has been amazing so far, and this is thanks to our residents all doing their bit.

“Keep up the great work and let's all take the small steps to help fight Climate Change and make 2022 a Mighty Waste Free New Year.”

Changes to collections over the Festive Period:

There will be NO CHANGES to your weekly collections for recycling, food, nappies and black bag waste during the Christmas and New Year weeks.

All refuse and recycling (including nappies and food waste recycling) should be placed at its normal collection point by 7am on your normal collection days.

Other services such as bulky waste collections and delivery of wheelie bins/food waste bins will however be suspended from Friday 24th December to allow us to use as many resources as possible to collect the anticipated record amounts of Mighty recycling this Christmas. Normal services will resume from Monday 10th January.

Real Christmas Tree Collections and Green Waste:

From 6th December residents will be able to book in their 'real' Christmas trees for kerbside collection between 3rd January until 14th January.

Residents must book their 'real' Christmas tree collections online at least 24 hours before their revised collection day - as they won't be automatically collected.

The fortnightly green waste collection service (including 'real' Christmas trees not booked for a collection) will be suspended from Friday 24th December with normal services resuming on Monday 17th January 2022. However, your green waste including real Christmas trees can still be taken to your local CRCs (unbagged) throughout the festive period.

Please remember to place ALL refuse and recycling out before 7am on your collection day and not before as this can lead to spillages and difficulties for pedestrians using the pavement.

If we have not collected your refuse/recycling as planned, please leave it at the kerbside as we may be working additional hours to clear a backlog and we’ll get to you as soon as possible – our crews can work well into the evening during busy periods and extra staff can sometimes be called in to clear the items the next day.

Residents are advised to visit one of the many collection points across Rhondda Cynon Taf before the festive period to collect their recycling bags or order bags in advance online at

The Streetcare Team would also like to remind residents to park sensibly, so that they can get the recycling truck down your street.

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Posted on 06/12/2021