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RCT Has Got a Brand-New Bag

Written by on 13th September 2021

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have announced that they will soon be improving its current green/garden waste collections by rolling out a NEW reusable sack to collect all your green/garden waste.

From November 1st 2021, residents will need to be registered to receive a green/garden waste collection from the Council and will be given TWO FREE new green sacks.

Registering for the service will ensure that the teams are operating in the most efficient and effective way, whilst making the service fully automated and reducing their carbon footprint by avoiding unnecessary journeys.

The introduction of the new sustainable and reusable green sacks will see the Council reduce its overall plastic usage and ensure that the end green waste product will be the purest possible, leading to a higher grade of compost and in the future will ultimately create a true circular economy.

The new sacks are being rolled out during the start of fortnightly collections, when demand for the garden/green waste is lower. This is to ensure that residents have time to register and get familiar with the changes before the weekly collections resume in the busier Spring and Summer months (1st  March 2022).

Residents can register for the service quick and easily online at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/BrandNewBag. If you do not have access to online services you can call 01443 425001, between 08.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Registration opens from 8th September 2021. Residents will then receive their TWO FREE sacks to start green waste recycling.

Extra/replacement bags are available but will be subject to a £3 charge per bag.

If a resident consistently fails to put any green waste out for collection, they may be removed from the collection list and will need to re-register to continue to use the scheme.

The new sacks can be used for green waste, such as grass, cuttings, twigs cut to a manageable size and small vegetarian animal waste. The Council WON’T collect soil, rubble, clodges or wood as part of this collection. Animal waste should only include sawdust/hay and not other animal waste such as dog waste and cat litter. The sacks MUST NOT be overfilled.

Green/garden waste can still be taken to one the many Community Recycling Centres across Rhondda Cynon Taf, but from November 1st 2021, it MUST NOT be in a clear recycling bag and tipped loose in to the available container.

In 2020 the Council collected over 8,200 tonnes of green waste from residents – this equates to 2,739,000 full recycling bags being collected.

Steve Owen, Service Director for Streetcare Services said:

“The changes to the green waste collection service will help reduce the Council’s carbon footprint and bring us closer to our goal of recycling 80% of all household waste by 2024/25. This small change will improve the quality of the recycling we produce and make a huge difference, ultimately leading us to a full circular economy. I hope that residents will join us to make a difference not just locally, but globally.

“The new improved service will now use the latest in-cab technology to improve collection routes and allow for an automated service.”

For further information please visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/BrandNewBag, email recycling@rctcbc.gov.uk, call 01443 425001 or follow the Council on Facebook/Twitter.