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New Rules to Increase Recycling Rates Begin

Written by on 4th June 2018

New rules are now in force to further increase rates of recycling across Rhondda Cynon Taf, which will encourage people who do not recycle to do so.

The new rules have now been introduced will see a limit on the amount of black bags/bins residents can put out for collection across Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The rules now mean that residents can only place 2 standard (60l) black bags or 1 wheelie bin (lid MUST close) out for fortnightly kerbside collection.

It is estimated that 3 out of 4 residents are already doing a great job at recycling and the new rules that have now come in force are unlikely to affect them, as on average 80% of household waste is recyclable – that’s 8 out of every 10 bags of waste created by households being recycled and turned in to something new.

Those who don’t recycle are being urged to support a greener future or face a potential £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.

There is no excuse not to recycle in Rhondda Cynon Taf with FREE, UNLIMITED weekly, dry, food waste and nappy recycling along with a number of community recycling centres across the County Borough which are open 7 days a week from 8am – 7.30pm (March-October).

Recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf is currently at an all-time high, with 64% of overall waste recycled in 2016/17. The new rules will now build on this and aim to increase recycling figures even further to meet the Welsh Government target of 70% by 2024/25 by limiting the amount of black bag/bin waste residents can throw away.

The new rules now mean

  • No side waste will be collected from households with fortnightly bin collections. All black bag waste needs to be contained within wheelie bins and the bin’s lid must shut.
  • A ‘two black bag limit’ for fortnightly household collections without a bin. This has reduced from four bags.
  • A Fixed Penalty Notice can now be issued to residents who continually fail to recycle. This will only be issued as a last resort for the Council, following awareness-raising exercises and notices issued to the household by enforcement officers.

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

“We have made fantastic progress recently to maintain our record-high recycling rate of 64%. However, making that next significant step to 70%, and maintaining that level, requires a new focus. The Council has a clear choice to make from the two options in front of us – recycle more and help the environment, or face substantial fines which will impact on services.

“The new rules that are now in place provide a clear choice – everyone needs to recycle to support a greener future for Rhondda Cynon Taf. We estimate that 75% of residents already recycle and that is why the new rules and awareness raising activity are targeted at those who do not.

“The CLEAR A-Z recycling search tool aims to help residents get used to the changes by providing them with a comprehensive guide of what you can and can’t recycle in our County Borough. The list will expand over time as more items are added.  It is anticipated that this together with the new rules will prove to be very useful in helping us hit the Welsh Government recycling targets for 2024/25 of 70%.

“Council officers will be visiting households not recycling to speak to residents, raise awareness and offer advice and, if required, issue warnings before a fine is considered as a last resort. We would much rather see more people recycling than issue fines.”

To help residents adapt to the changes and ensure that they are recycling everything that they can a new CLEAR searchable A-Z recycling guide has been launched, which can be found at

As part of the, “The Choice is Clear – Everyone needs to recycle” campaigna new recycling search function looks to give a CLEAR guide to residents on what can and can’t be recycled in Rhondda Cynon Taf and whether they can be collected from the kerbside or taken to a community recycling centre.

As well as awareness raising activities, since 15th April the Council has also been helping residents prepare for the changes via a 50 day countdown on its Social Media channels, which lists hints, tips and facts about recycling in the County Borough – Over 77,000 tonnes of waste was recycled in Rhondda Cynon Taf during  2016/17, which is equivalent to 19,250 recycling vehicles full of milk bottles, yogurt pots, newspapers and lots of everyday household items from residents homes.

There will be various exceptions to the new rules, including that they will be rescinded over the busy Christmas and New Year period. Large families and households disposing of ash which cannot be recycled may also be exempt.

Weekly recycling collections will continue and the number of recycling bags per household will remain unlimited.

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