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Recycling at Christmas

With all the parties, fun, food, excitement and gifts comes lots of packaging and extra waste. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is asking its residents to enjoy a greener Christmas and recycle all their unavoidable food waste (turkey bones, plate scrapings etc), extra plastic bottles, pots, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, real Christmas trees, tubs and trays, metal cans, glass bottles, jars, cardboard packaging, batteries and lots more, during the holiday season.

From recycling/refuse collections and real Christmas tree recycling to festive facts and tips – The Choice is CLEAR this Christmas and RCT Council has got recycling all wrapped up!

The Choice is CLEAR, Everyone needs to RECYCLE campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and making the CLEAR choice when choosing your bag of waste – CLEAR for recycling, as well as highlighting the service changes that took place in June.  The campaign is supported heavily by social media activities – sign-posting residents to more information and giving out facts and tips about recycling in RCT all year round.

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 to dispose of your non-kerbside items such as clothes, old toys and electrical items.

Centres 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 and New Years Day.

Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recyclingcentres for full details and locations.