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The cost of not recycling

Every year the Council spends over £1m and officers spend thousands of officer hours cleaning up the mess on our streets left behind by those who fail to dispose of their waste properly - this is money and time that could have been spent carrying out vital frontline services for the community of Rhondda Cynon Taf. 

We need to recycle more and more, in order to hit the Welsh Government’s recycling target of 70% by 2024/25. As a last resort measure for the Council, people who repeatedly refuse to recycle after warnings from Enforcement Officers could be fined £100. View more about the new black bag waste rules, and the Choice Is Clear campaign

Anyone who produces, imports, keeps, stores, transports, treats or disposes of waste must take all reasonable steps to ensure that waste is managed properly. This duty of care is imposed under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.


By sending your waste to landfill, the Council could face large landfill taxes, which will take the funds away from key frontline services. The Council could also face a significant fine if we fail to hit the Welsh Government’s 70% recycling target for 2024/25.

In addition to all this, you will also be damaging your local environment, by filling up open spaces with waste that will emit harmful gases! 

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