Rhondda Cynon Taf is taking recycling in to its own hands this Recycle Week (23rd-29th September) and showcasing just how RCT is Doing IT!
Everyone’s doing IT - Recycling that is and IT has now firmly become part of our daily household routine and IT is here to stay - As a nation, Wales is very good at IT and currently has an overall recycling rate of 63%, placing us as one of the best recycling nations.
The latest figures show that in the first quarter of 2019/20 RCT residents are now doing IT better than ever before, as the recycling rate reaches 67%*.
The food waste recycling scheme is also reaching new highs with more and more residents ‘saying’ they recycle their food waste. Food waste now accounts for almost 20% of what is collected every month, with 5,479 tonnes being collected since April – RCT is Doing IT!
To celebrate recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales and beyond, the Council has planned an action packed Recycle Week:
Monday 23rd September: Plastic Earth Rap Launch at Treorchy Comprehensive School - We think this rap, written by our very own Treorchy lad, Joshua Packham, says it all….Think about the earth don't just let it fade away - Recycling it’s in our own hands!
View the song - Think about the Earth
To raise awareness of this worldwide issue, the Council through its SONIG project and Gareth Leaman of Social Soundwaves, has worked with an extremely talented local rapper, Joshua Packham, aged 21 from the Rhondda and award winning reggae artist Aleighcia Scott from Cardiff to produce the song 'Plastic Earth' which aims to highlight the far reaching and highly destructive issue of plastic pollution.
The SONIG programme, which is part of the Council's wider arts services and funded through Families First is unique to Wales and utilises the strengths of the music industry in Wales to support the personal, learning and career development needs of young people with diverse aspirations, skills and backgrounds, who are aged between 8 and 25 and living in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Tuesday 24th September: NEW interactive Recycling and Education Centre – Alun Maddox Visitors Centre, will be officially opened today at Bryn Pica Llwydcoed by Hannah Blythyn AM, Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government. Cwmdar Primary School students will be the first school to visit the centre. The centre aims to educate schools and community groups on the importance of recycling - it's in our own hands.
The centre has been fully refurbished and kitted out with the latest technology thanks to over £60,000 of Welsh Government, Collaborative Change funding and additional Council investment.
Wednesday 25th September: Gwauncelyn Primary School are helping the Council to promote a new scheme, encouraging schools to ask pupils to use refillable water bottles and refill on the go - Recycling, it's in our own hands!
Pupils from the school are helping to create a human water drop and recycling swoosh and have all been given refillable water bottles. The school is passionate about recycling and has been working with key figures to help make a difference.
Thursday 26th September: A NEW competition to reward recycling efforts is being launched! Green tickets have been hidden in rolls of recycling bags across RCT, find one and you can win a BAGSY for life by Rhondda's answer to Banksy - Recycling, it's in our own hands!
Since changes were introduced, which decreased the number of black bags households could put out for collection, more and more residents are now recycling. Thanks to this great recycling effort, household and food waste recycling tonnages have already seen an increase. This latest green initiative aims to recognise and reward this fantastic effort – RCT is Doing IT!
But residents have to keep up the good work as you've got to RECYCLE to WIN IT! The more you recycle, the more chance you have to find the green ticket. Only 100 tickets are being released and not only will you scoop yourself a BAGSY for life, but you will be entered in to a free prize draw to bag a signed, limited edition, framed BAGSY original picture. Competition ends in March 2020.
Saturday 28th September: Repair Café Wales will be in St Catherine's Church Hall, Pontypridd from 1pm until 4pm. Pop along and see if they can bring your household items back to life and repair them for FREE! From bikes to kettles and even handbags - they'll try to fix it to reduce waste. Recycling, it’s in our own hands!
In addition to all this, the Council’s trailer will be visiting supermarkets and town centres across the County Borough to offer all the tips and advice residents need to Stop. Think. Recycle!
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said:
“Recycling is a key priority for the Council and it is important that all areas of the County Borough come together and do their bit.
“Recycling should now be a vital part of all our lives, especially our younger residents. As we run out of space for our waste, we have to do all we can to ensure we reduce what we throw away, reuse what we can and recycle at every opportunity.
“It’s great to see that as a County Borough more and more residents are, indeed Doing IT and are coming together to show they love where we live and take pride in our area – together we can make a difference, as the recent figures show.
“We continue to make the recycling service as user-friendly as possible by extending the way in which you can recycle and what you can recycle. Together we can make our County Borough a cleaner, greener place to live, work and visit – Recycling, It’s in our own hands!"
In addition to its weekly recycling collections the Council also boasts a number of CRC's right across the County Borough, giving residents access to recycling facilities 7 days a week - all of these facilities will cater for all re-use and recycling needs. A full list of CRCs and the items they accept can be found at: www.rctcbc.gov.uk/communityrecyclingcentres
All centres are manned and attendants are happy to advise residents on recycling and assist or signpost them in disposing of their household material.
All centres are open Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 19:30 from April – October and Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 17:30 from November – March.
For further information on recycling in RCT, visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling or follow the Council on Facebook/Twitter.
*Figure correct at time of going to press, subject to validation.