Rhondda Cynon Taf awarded £952,000 for recycling infrastructure

One of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s current community recycling centres.

Welsh Minister for Natural Resources and Food Alun Davies has today (31 March) awarded Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council £952,000 in funding to invest in local recycling infrastructure.

The money will help:

  • fund the construction of a community recycling centre in Llantrisant;
  • purchase four specialist vehicles for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s ongoing disposable nappy recycling scheme; and 
  • support promotional communications to encourage households to recycle more waste. 

The money has come from the Welsh Government’s £11.5 million Collaborative Change Programme, which aims to improve recycling across Wales.

Speaking of the funding, Davies said: “We have ambitious recycling targets in Wales, as we are committed to zero waste going to landfill by 2050.  Households in Rhondda Cynon Taf are recycling more than ever, and this investment is designed to help support this.” 

Councillor Andrew Morgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, also commented, saying: “We are pleased and grateful to have secured Welsh Government funding not only to continue, but to expand, the innovative recycling services we offer to residents so they, in turn, can support the ongoing zero waste drive. 

“Rhondda Cynon Taf council relies upon each and every resident playing their part and recycling where they can. This is why we are committed to making recycling as easy as we can, with convenient weekly collections, accessible community recycling services and the introduction of food waste and nappy recycling.” 

The Collaborative Change Programme has already seen £2.3 million of funding awarded to Powys County Council, Newport City Council, Bridgend County Borough Council, and Swansea City Council to help boost their recycling levels.

The money was allocated to the councils for a range of different uses, including the acquisition of more recycling facilities and boxes.

It followed on from the news that although three of the councils (Powys, Newport and Swansea) missed the country’s first statutory recycling target (of recycling 52 per cent of waste in 2012), they would have their punitive fines 'waived'.

It is hoped the funding will help local authorities achieve the Welsh Government’s next recycling target of 58 per cent in 2015/16. 

Read more about the Collaborative Change Programme or Wales’s recycling rates.