Amazing Recycling Efforts in RCT
Written by Gavin on 21st July 2020
Thank you to RCT residents who have kept up their amazing recycling efforts during these unprecedented times.
RCT Council are continuing to collect tonnes of recycling every week and the Streetcare team have gone above and beyond to ensure that collections have continued.
The last few months has brought many challenges to all RCT households and residents have been making sure that come what may, they have recycled and that’s great news, not just for our County Borough but for the environment.
Over the last four months residents have recycled over 18,500 tonnes of materials, which includes almost 4,000 tonnes of food waste. That’s the equivalent weight of 578 fully loaded recycling lorries!
Recycling in RCT is easy and the Council has been keeping as many of its services available to residents as possible, despite reduced staff resources.
Recycling bags are available at key essential shopping outlets or they can be ordered for delivery online at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/bags. Kerbside collections have continued throughout and where there is a delay, residents are advised to leave their items at their collection point and they will be collected as soon as possible.
The Council now needs your help to ensure that we keep recycling to the same standards that we always have – Many residents are having a clear out and may find a few items that they need to get rid of. BUT if it’s not recyclable at the kerbside please take these items to your nearest Community Recycling Centre.
ALL Community Recycling Centres re-opened in RCT in May, following Welsh Government guidelines. The centres are open 7 days a week, from 8am-
7.30pm and now allow vans and trailers alongside cars to dispose of items. A number of strict guidelines are in place for site visitors and these are likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future – more details are available at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/CRCsRules. Both re-use shops ‘The-Shed’ based at Treherbert and Llantrisant Recycling Centres have also re-opened.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure & Heritage Services, said: “I would like to thank RCT residents for continuing to recycle throughout this period, their efforts have been fantastic. If we keep this up, we will hit the Welsh Governments targets of 70% well before 2024/25 – Well Done RCT!
“I know that the last few months have been difficult for households and I’m incredibly proud of our residents that despite it all they have recycled. As a Council we do our best to make recycling easy and accessible for all – with online recycling bag requests and deliveries and a simple one clear bag system for dry recyclables. All our recycling centres have re-opened. Keep up the good work.”
During these times it’s easy to forget what can and can’t be recycled where, so if you’re unsure please check the handy, searchable A-Z guide at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/RecyclingSearch which tells you where to place items and a list is also featured on the front of recycling bags.
As a rule of thumb, empty food cartons e.g. milk bottles, yogurt pots, tins, cans, wine bottles, glass jars etc. can all be washed and put in to a CLEAR recycling bags. The Council DOES NOT except textiles, clothes, plastic toys, paint pots, shoes, small electrical items, wood, plasterboard pieces, wall paper, paintbrushes, gardening items, soil, rubble etc. at the kerbside – these items should be taken to your nearest Community Recycling Centres.
Tissues, wipes – cleaning or personals, face masks, gloves or any other Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) should be placed in your black bag waste – if anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus these items should also be double bagged and put out after 72 hours.
Residents are reminded that they can put out an unlimited number of clear recycling bags, but black bag/wheelie bin waste is limited to 2 black bags or 1 wheelie bin (lid must close).
For more details and tips on recycling, visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.