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Why recycle?

The Council continues to see an increase in overall recycling, reuse and composting (food waste) this is a direct result of not only the amazing recycling commitment of residents, but their ability to support the Council as it made changes to improve the services that are available.

The Council’s Streetcare team have worked tirelessly to increase its recycling figures, which has meant making considerable changes to the way in which recycling and waste is collected – the continued increase in recycling figures show residents that these changes have helped the County Borough to be as clean and green as possible, whilst ensuring that the Council avoids large fines from the Welsh Government.

Find out what can and can't be recycled in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

What can I recycle?

We all want to live in a clean and attractive County Borough that we can be proud of and together we have avoided pouring thousands of tonnes of waste into landfill sites and everyone needs to realise that we all have to play our part to recycle more waste. If you don’t currently recycle, then we need you to get on-board now or you could cost yourself, the Council and your fellow neighbour’s money!

If the Council does not hit the Welsh Government targets, the Council will receive hefty fines which could result in essential frontline services being affected.

Shampoo, hand soap, bleach and bathroom cleaners – what do all of these items have in common?
They’re all in plastic bottles that can be recycled from your bathroom!

Benefits of Recycling

  • it reduces landfill – reduces the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites. There are over 1,500 landfill sites in the UK. Landfill sites produce harmful methane’ effectively remove reusable resources from circulation; contaminate the land, water and air and are rapidly filling up.
  • did you know? Landfill sites produce around one quarter of the UK’s emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than CO2.

What can you recycle?

Where can you get recycling bags?

Benefits of Garden/Green Waste Recycling

  • all the garden waste the Council collects is composted and the compost that is produced is used in parks and allotments or on land reclamation and landscaping schemes in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
  • about 10% of the contents of your black bag or bin waste are kitchen scraps. If these items are put out in your black bag or bin they will end up at landfill sites where they cause polluting gases as they rot and biodegrade - So please don’t put them in your black bag or bin - recycle them.

What garden waste can you recycle?

Where can you get garden waste recycling bags?

Benefits of Recycling Food Waste

  • save money by only buying the food you eat – as all your food waste is in just one bin you can clearly see the amount of food you throw away and ensure you don’t over indulge at the supermarket.
  • reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill resulting in the reduction of landfill gasses distributed into the environment. 
  • recycled food waste can be converted into beneficial compost.
  • order your food waste caddy Bags Food Waste Collection day

What food waste can you recycle?

Where can you get food waste recycling bags?

Benefits of Nappy Recycling

  • disposable nappies are currently filling up landfill sites across the UK at a staggering rate of 3 billion a year and 8 million a day – that’s a lot of stinky packages left to rot!
  • by the time an average child reaches two and a half, they will have used approximately 6,500 nappies – which equates to over 10 tonnes of waste, 40 black sacks per child per year or if you prefer a colourful image, as many as 70,000 double-decker buses stretching end to end from Edinburgh to London.
  • disposable nappies are made of plastics, elastics, adhesives, paper pulp, and chemicals which do not easily bio-degrade and could also leak toxins into the ground. In fact it’s estimated that it could take hundreds of years (some guess at more than 500 years) before nappies begin to break down.
  • in addition to this, the soiling in them means that as they rot, methane - a greenhouse gas about twice as bad as Carbon Dioxide, is released contributing to global warming. In fact the number of disposable nappies used in a child’s life accounts for as much as 630kg of methane – which is as much as a car would use over 1800 miles.

How can I register for the scheme?