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Love Where You Live Awards 2018

Nominations are now being accepted for our annual awards which celebrate local environmental heroes – as Love Where You Live returns for its 10th anniversary year in 2018.

Love Where You Live asks residents to nominate the people and groups whose efforts help keep Rhondda Cynon Taf clean and green. From litter pickers to recycling champions, the awards celebrate the people who make a real difference in local communities, schools, organisations or groups.

In 2017, there were eight categories ranging from Best School Environmental Initiative to Most Innovative Environmental Project and Best Community Project. The overall winner was Sarah Liney (pictured above), chosen as the outstanding category winner having been named Community Environmental Champion.

Sarah is an inspiration for green initiatives within her community. Having met with Keep Wales Tidy to see what could be done about litter in her local area, Sarah set up the Llanharan & Brynna Wimbles group. She is instrumental in organising group events, all centred around keeping the area clean and tidy.

Sarah also volunteers and works closely with the Hedgehog Helpline charity.

Do you know an individual or group as passionate as Sarah about the environment around us? Or has your school or organisation introduced a project or positive change that has made a real difference to the environment? If so, we want to hear from you for Love Where You Live 2018!

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

“Love Where You Live has gone from strength to strength since it started – and 2018 represents the 10th anniversary of the awards which celebrate the hard work and dedication of individuals and groups to keep Rhondda Cynon Taf clean and green.

“The 2017 awards highlighted some fantastic projects taking place in our local communities – ranging from a student making jewellery out of material which had been discarded on a nature trail, to teachers who have found innovative ways of communicating to our young people the importance of recycling.

“Our recycling rate in Rhondda Cynon Taf is as high as it ever has been – with 64% of overall waste recycled in 2016/17. That represents a huge improvement from a few years ago, but there is still work to do if we are to hit the Welsh Government’s 70% target by 2024-25 – and the Love Where You Live awards celebrate out residents who are already going the extra mile.

“I’m looking forward to the 2018 awards, and meeting even more of our environmental heroes.”

Nominations for the 2018 awards have now opened, and you’ve got until March 31 to get in contact with us. A shortlist of finalists will be announced by the Council ahead of a summer awards ceremony.

Further information and application packs are available online at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/awards. You can also contact us by phone on 01443 827700, or by email on LoveWhereYouLive@rctcbc.gov.uk.