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Welsh waste thieves hunted

A gang of waste thieves is being hunted by police in South Wales after stealing residents’ recyclables from the kerbside.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has received a number of complaints about three males travelling around the borough in a white van collecting recycling bags and food waste.

The council offers a free weekly collection service for all waste, including recycling and food.

The bogus collectors do not carry the correct waste licences and could be after the waste for identity theft purposes.

Councillor Anthony Christopher said: “The council is urging residents to be on the lookout for anything suspicious and to note down the registration number of any vehicles they see acting in such a way, such as this reported white van. 

“We ask them to then contact us so this can be investigated or reported to the police.”

He also warned that if recyclables continue to be stolen, residents could ultimately pay the price.

“We have recycling targets as a council, which are set by the Welsh government, and if we fail to meet these targets we face substantial fines which unfortunately would have to be absorbed by residents in some form.”

If you have any information please call the Council on 01443 494700 or call the South Wales Police on 101. 

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