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50 Countdown to New Rules

New rules that aim to increase recycling rates across Rhondda Cynon Taf are set to begin in just 50 days (4th June).

To mark the 50 day countdown the Council is launching a new social media campaign which gives its followers a tip or useful information everyday to help them get ready for the new changes.

With an estimated 75% of households already recycling in RCT, the campaign will also ask those that are not recycling to support a green future, and recognise that The Choice is Clear – Everyone needs to recycle.

Over the next 50 days you’ll discover just how many mattresses, paper, cans and plastic were recycled last year as well as a range of useful information about what and where items can be recycled.

The new social media campaign will be supported by a County Borough wide awareness raising campaign to ensure residents know exactly what is expected of them, paying particular focus on ensuring residents know which items can and cannot be recycled. This will include a trailer road show, which could be visiting your street very soon.

Recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf is currently at an all-time high, with 64% of overall waste recycled in 2016/17. The new rules, which come into effect from June 4th, aim to build on this and  increase recycling figures even further to meet the Welsh Government target of 70% by 2024/25 by limiting the amount of black bag/bin waste residents can throw away.

Under the new rules

  • No side waste will be collected from households with fortnightly bin collections. All black bag waste needs to be contained within wheelie bins and the bin’s lid must shut.
  • A ‘two black bag limit’ for fortnightly household collections without a bin. This would reduce from four bags currently.
  • A Fixed Penalty Notice could be issued to  residents who continually fail to recycle. This would be a last resort for the Council, following awareness-raising exercises and notices issued by enforcement officers.

Residents that are currently recycling are unlikely to be affected by the new rules, but those who don’t recycle are being urged to support a greener future and join the 3 out 4 residents that do or face a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.

There is no excuse not to recycle in RCT with FREE, UNLIMITED weekly, dry, food waste and nappy recycling along with 7 community recycling centres across the County Borough which are open 7 days a week from 8am – 7.30pm (March-October).

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

“The introduction of the new rules will be important in helping us hit the Welsh Government’s 2024/25 target of 70%.

“We have made fantastic progress recently to maintain our record-high recycling rate of 64%. However, making that next significant step to 70%, and maintaining that level, requires a new focus. The Council has a clear choice to make from the two options in front of us – recycle more and help the environment, or face substantial fines.

“The new rules provide a clear choice – everyone needs to recycle to support a greener future for Rhondda Cynon Taf. We estimate that 75% of residents already recycle and that is why the new rules and awareness raising activity will target those who do not.

“Council officers will visit households not recycling to speak to residents, raise awareness and offer advice and, if required, issue warnings before a fine is considered as a last resort. We would much rather see more people recycling than issue fines.”

There will be various exceptions to the new rules, including that they will be rescinded over the busy Christmas and New Year period. Large families and households disposing of ash which cannot be recycled may also be exempt. The number of recycling bags per household will remain unlimited.

For more information on the new rules follow us on facebook and twitter or visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling.

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