Rhondda Cynon Taf Council collected around 2,000 tonnes of dry recycling and 550 tonnes of food waste over the festive period – following an excellent recycling effort by residents!
Between December 27 and January 6 the Streetcare team undertook their Christmas and New Year recycling collections – the most demanding time of year for the service. From turkeys and sprouts to Christmas trees and wrapping paper, the Council asked residents to get into the recycling spirit while enjoying their festivities, in order to recycle as much as possible.
Approximately 2,000 tonnes of dry recycling was collected over the fortnight – which tops the 1,655 tonnes collected in the same period last year. During an average fortnight, the Council will collect just below 1,200 tonnes of recycling.
Food recycling also increased this year, as a total of 547 tonnes was collected (296 in Christmas week and 251 in New Year week). That represents a 10% increase from the 506 tonnes of food recycling collected at Christmas last year. In an average fortnight, between 350 and 400 tonnes are collected.
Meanwhile, the Council’s Christmas Tree Collection Service proved popular once again. In total, 1,737 bookings were made by residents for pre-arranged collections, starting from January 2. More trees have, and will continue to be, collected following the resumption of the Council’s Green Waste service.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said:
“The festive period represents an ideal opportunity to recycle as much as possible – and residents’ excellent efforts this year have helped the Council collect around 2,000 tonnes of dry recycling and 547 tonnes of food recycling in the space of just two weeks.
“That is significantly more than what is collected during an average fortnight – and more than the volume collected over Christmas 12 months ago. Residents should be rightly proud of the difference their efforts have made.
“I would also like to thank residents for their patience over the festive period and members of the Council’s Refuse and Streetcare team, who resumed work straight after Christmas and provided an excellent service. The sheer volume of recycling makes Christmas very demanding for the service, and staff worked tirelessly in order to complete the collections efficiently.
“This positive recycling performance continues the progress being made in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Recent Welsh Government statistics showed that 64% of overall waste in the County Borough was recycled during a 12-month period for the first time, in the 2016 calendar year. This was above the Welsh average of 63% and the Welsh Government’s current target of 58%.
“As we work hard towards the 2024-25 target of 70%, we must keep recycling as much as possible. If every resident recycled just one additional item it would make a huge collective difference. Our success this Christmas again shows that residents are responding to the Council’s recycling message, and gives us good momentum to make further progress in 2018.”