Everyone's Doing It This Christmas

Everyone's Doing It This Christmas


Sunday 15th Dec 2019


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Recycle all the way this Christmas and let’s make the 2019 festive season a ‘Waste FREE Holiday’.

Christmas is a time for fun, food, presents and lots of excitement, but this is often wrapped up in extra packaging and results in household waste increasing by over 30% during the festive period.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is asking its residents to recycle all the way and enjoy a waste free holiday by recycling all their unavoidable food waste (turkey bones, plate scrapings etc), extra plastic bottles, pots, wrapping paper, Christmas cards, real Christmas trees, tubs and trays, metal cans, glass bottles, jars, cardboard packaging, batteries and lots more, during the festive season.

From recycling/refuse collections and real Christmas tree recycling to festive facts and tips – Everyone is Doing IT this Christmas, even Santa Claus and RCT Council have got recycling all wrapped up!

The latest official 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%. Indications are showing that this figure is continuing to rise and with continued residents support, together we are on target to have a ‘waste free holiday’.

The food waste recycling scheme is also reaching festive 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 - RCT is Doing IT!

Of course, the easiest items to recycle at Christmas are all the plastic and paper/cardboard packaging that you’ll come across during the festive period. So after the presents are unwrapped and you’re wondering how to clear away the mountain of boxes, paper bags and wrapping paper – simply pick up your clear recycling bag and fill it up. But please remember to put ALL wrapping paper in to a separate CLEAR bag, including foil or glitter wrapping paper. Also, flatten any cardboard boxes and paper bags to make space in your recycling.

To free up even more space you can also visit one of the local community recycling centres to dispose of your non-kerbside items such as clothes, old toys and electrical items.  Our centres are open from 8am until 5.30pm every day except for a 3.30pm closure on 24th and 31st December and complete closure on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recyclingcentres for full details and locations.

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

 “I'd like to wish all our residents a waste free holiday and thank each and every one of them for supporting a greener future for RCT all year round.

"The festive period means extra waste and it’s a great time to find your inner elf and think green and recycle all the additional packaging, wrapping paper, cards and batteries. Everyone’s Doing IT– and not just at Christmas!

“Rhondda Cynon Taf Council continues to support people and is encouraging residents to keep up the good work all year round. The Council provides an accessible and innovative recycling service, complemented by ongoing public education and awareness-raising.

“The support of our householders towards our food waste kerbside recycling has been amazing so far, and this is thanks to our residents all doing their bit.

“Keep up the great work and let's make 2020 a waste free new year.”

Changes to collections over the Festive Period:

ALL collections (inc nappy recycling) taking place between Wednesday 25th December and Friday 27th December will all skip two days - so if your collection day is normally on a Wednesday it will move to Friday and so on.

Collections taking place between Wednesday 1st January 2019 and Friday 3rd January 2020 will all skip one day - so if your normal collection is on a Wednesday, this will move to Thursday (subject to capacity) - see below table.

Normal collections are scheduled to resume on Monday 6th January 2020.

All refuse and recycling should be placed at its normal collection point by 7am on the revised collection days below –

Normal Collection Day

Revised Collection Day

Monday 23rd December

No Change

Tuesday 24th December

No Change

Wednesday 25th December

Friday 27th December

Thursday 26th December  

Saturday 28th December

Friday 27th December

Sunday 29th December

Monday 30th December

No Change

Tuesday 31st December

No Change

Wednesday 1st January

Thursday 2nd January

Thursday 2nd January

Friday 3rd January

Friday 3rd January

Saturday 4th January

Monday 6th January

Normal Services Resume

Other services such as bulky waste collections and wheelie bin/food waste bin deliveries will be suspended from Saturday 21st December to allow us to use as many resources as possible to collect the anticipated record amounts of recycling this Christmas. Normal services will resume from Monday 6th January.

Real Christmas Tree Collections and Green Waste:

From 2nd December residents will be able to book in their 'real' Christmas trees for kerbside collection between 31st December until 10th January. Residents must book their 'real' Christmas tree collections online at least 24 hours before their revised collection day - www.rctcbc.gov.uk/ChristmasTrees as they won't be automatically collected.

The fortnightly green waste collection service (including 'real' Christmas trees not booked for a collection) will be suspended from Saturday 21st December with normal services resuming on Monday 13th January.  Your green waste however including Christmas trees can still be taken to your local CRC throughout the festive period.

Please remember to place ALL refuse and recycling out before 7am on your collection day and not before as this can lead to spillages and difficulties for pedestrians using the pavement.

If we have not collected your refuse/recycling as planned, please leave it at the kerbside as we may be working additional hours to clear a back log and we’ll get to you asap – our crews can work well in to the evening during busy periods and extra staff can sometimes be called in to clear the items the next day.

Residents are advised to visit one of the many collection points across Rhondda Cynon Taf before the festive period and stock up on recycling bags or order bags in advance online at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/bags.

The Streetcare Team would also like to remind residents to park sensibly, so that they can get the recycling truck down your street.

For more information and tips on recycling your Christmas waste follow us on Facebook or Twitter or visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/christmasrecycling

Posted on Monday 2nd December 2019