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Thank You for Recycling RCT!

A huge thank you to Rhondda Cynon Taf residents and the dedicated recycling and waste crews for all their fantastic recycling efforts!

Last week saw the introduction of three weekly black bag and wheelie bin collections across the County Borough and both residents and collection crews have done a great job.

Over two thirds of Councils in Wales will be operating a similar service by the end of the year.

ALL recycling collections including, food waste, green waste and nappies is still being collected weekly and remains unlimited, but black bag and wheelie bin collections are now being collected once every three weeks – residents can check their collection days online at

The changes will now mean:

  • Houses with a 240l (large) wheelie bin can put out the bin (lid closed) for collection. No additional black bags will be collected.
  • Houses with a 120l (small) wheelie bin can put out the bin for collection, plus one standard black bag (70l max) to the side/on top.
  • Households that use black bags can put out a maximum of THREE standard black bags (70l max) every three weeks.

The crews and Streetcare staff have been busy preparing for the changes over the last few weeks and have delivered an unprecedented number of food waste caddies, green waste sacks and purple bags to residents, so that they have all they need to ‘Up Our Recycling GAME!’. All CLEAR bag and food waste bag distribution points have been fully stocked – you can find your nearest online at  

The hard work is now continuing as thousands of residents have now signed up for the free recycling services on offer across the County Borough – from food waste, to green waste and the purple bag scheme! Full information is available online at

The teams are working extra hours to meet the demand and your recycling tools will be delivered as soon as possible.

As we all get used to the new changes, please remember that the collection crews are also learning the new routes, who has assisted collections, where the bins are placed out and more. Please be kind and offer a wave or a smile where possible as we all try to hit the Welsh Government 70% recycling target and fight back against climate change.

Roger Waters, Director of Frontline Services at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said:

"I’d like to thank ALL our dedicated crews and Streetcare staff who have done a great job - we've come a very long way over the last decade with recycling and that is thanks to our recycling residents and dedicated staff. 

"I want to stress that we are still providing a FULL WEEKLY recycling service. If you are already recycling, which 3 out of 4 people in RCT are, these changes are unlikely to make a big difference to your household, but will mean that we avoid future fines, ensure that we meet the targets, safeguard vital services, and, together, reach the goal to become net-zero by 2030

“We have taken everything that we can into account and will continue to make slight changes over the coming weeks where necessary, to ensure that the new service will be fair to all recycling households. I’m pleased to see that the majority of our residents are supporting the changes and are coming together with our dedicated crews to UP our Recycling GAME - the changes that we all make to our habits now will ensure that we avoid significant fines and safeguard a brighter world for future generations – it’s a GAME we can’t afford to lose!”

Residents are being reminded to ensure that food waste is recycled in the right green food waste bag/caddy and that you register for nappy collections and green waste collections, (if you haven’t done so previously), and that nappies are put out in purple bags and green waste into the green sacks. All clean, dry recycling should be placed into CLEAR recycling bags.

The Council’s Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) are open 7 days a week from 8am until 7.30pm (summer opening hours). During busy times, there may be some queues due to skip changes etc. Each of these facilities caters for all recycling needs – a full list of the items accepted can be found at

For more visit or to look up your recycling and bin collection days visit

Posted on 13/07/2023