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Recycling rate
65%
Total waste per person
486kg
Residual waste per person
170kg

Recycling service

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council operates a weekly co-mingled recycling collection service.

Using clear recycling bags, the service collects cardboard, glass bottles and jars, tins and cans, plastic bottles, polystyrene, pots, tubs and trays and cartons. The number of recycling bags a resident can put out weekly is unlimited.

Paper is also collected, and the council asks residents to put this in a separate bag to avoid contamination. Batteries are collected in a separate orange bag, which can be placed inside any of the clear recycling bags on the day of collection.

Garden waste is collected weekly from early March until early November and fortnightly from early November to late February, in the same recycling bags by a green waste vehicle, while residual waste is presented in black refuse bags or wheelie bins (dependent on the area) and is collected fortnightly.

There is a separate collection for food waste, which is collected weekly from large exterior caddies. Smaller kitchen caddies are provided by the council with biodegradable bags to line both bins. Additional bags are available on request.

Bulky household waste, restricted to furniture and small WEEE, is collected on request, with three items being collected at a time for a charge of £11.70. Bulky household items can be taken to one of the council's Community Recycling Centres free of charge. 

There are six recycling centres across the county at Aberdare, Ferndale, Dinas, Treforest, Llantrisant and Treherbert.

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Household waste recycling centres

Ty Amgen Community Recycling Centre, Aberdare

Ty Amgen Community Recycling Centre, Aberdare
51.7376, -3.43563

Ferndale Community Recycling Centre

Ferndale Community Recycling Centre
51.665, -3.45044

Dinas Community Recycling Centre

Dinas Community Recycling Centre
51.6142, -3.42266

Treforest Community Recycling Centre

Treforest Community Recycling Centre
51.5699, -3.28969

Llantrisant 100% Recycling Centre

Llantrisant 100% Recycling Centre
51.5516, -3.3911

Treherbert Community Recycling Centre

Treherbert Community Recycling Centre
51.672, -3.5337

In total
All materials
75k
tonnes of waste was recycled
Savings
Selected materials
£8m
saved by recycling instead of disposal
Climate change impact
Selected materials
34k
tonnes of CO2 emissions was avoided

Top 5 UK recycling destinations

1
Biogen
Aberdare, Wales
11,065t
Organic Waste
2
7,921t
Rubble and aggregate
3
Kronospan Ltd
Ruabon, Wales
6,683t
Wood
4
Day Aggregates Ltd
Bristol, England
6,464t
Incinerator Bottom Ash
5
5,601t
Organic Waste

Where does Wales’ recycling go?

Top countries (selected materials) 2022/23

Glass

Glass icon

Amount recycled
7,500t
CO2 avoided
5,663t
Estimated disposal saving
£847,501
Reported as exported
0%

Top destinations

Metal

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Amount recycled
4,513t
CO2 avoided
11,463t
Estimated disposal saving
£509,986
Reported as exported
4%

Top destinations

Organic Waste

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Amount recycled
16,666t
CO2 avoided
833t
Estimated disposal saving
£1,883,240
Reported as exported
0%

Top destinations

Paper

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Amount recycled
10,614t
CO2 avoided
5,806t
Estimated disposal saving
£1,199,428
Reported as exported
34%

Top destinations

Plastic

Plastic icon

Amount recycled
4,567t
CO2 avoided
2,448t
Estimated disposal saving
£516,074
Reported as exported
5%

Top destinations

Textiles

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Amount recycled
935t
CO2 avoided
5,449t
Estimated disposal saving
£105,657
Reported as exported
36%

Top destinations