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Commercial waste information and advice

Workplace recycling is changing

From 6 April 2024, it will become law for all businesses, charities and public sector organisations to sort their waste for recycling.

It also applies to all waste and recycling collectors and processors who manage household-like waste from workplaces.

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Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council provides a chargeable trade waste collection service for local businesses. Several different size containers are available to suit the amount of waste generated, these waste containers range in size from a 55 litre stackable box to an 1100 litre container.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council provides a weekly collection service which is billed monthly in advance.

  • Paper recycling is to be presented separately from other materials. Paper must be loose and not contained within plastic bags
  • Plastic & cans may be presented together. Plastic and cans must be rinsed and loose, no plastic bags
  • Cardboard can be bundled or flat packed within a box no larger than 3 cubic feet. To place out for collection you need official Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Blue and White vinyl sticky tape and place 360 degrees around the bundle, then place out on the specific collection days
  • If your business produces glass then a 140 or 240 litre designated glass container can be provided and emptied on a specific glass collection days
  • If your business generates food waste on a regular basis Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council can provide you with either a 240 litre or a 23 litre designated food waste container in which you can place special compostable bags containing your food waste (food waste recycling bags can be purchased from Merthyr Tydfil CBC, alternatively you can wrap your food in newspaper). A smaller container will be provided to place in the kitchen to collect the food waste before placing this into the larger food recycling bin
  • There are several different container sizes available for your general waste which can be collected at various collection frequencies

Recycling in the workplace

The regulations around trade waste are changing in Wales. New legislation requires businesses to separate their waste and will come into force on the 6th April 2024.

Please remember it is your responsibility to recycle correctly at work. You must not place recycling in the general refuse bin and recycling must be placed in the correct recycling containers provided.

Businesses must present specified recyclable materials for collection separately from each other and separate from residual waste.

You must not place any recycling in the refuse bin. If there are recyclable materials in the bin on collection day that bin will then not be collected and it is the responsibility of the site to remove the recycling.

National Resources Wales (NRW) will be enforcing compliance with the forthcoming legislation and breaches are subject to fixed penalties and appropriate enforcement action.

If you would like further information or advice on how to recycle properly in your workplace please contact the Trade Waste Officer on 01685 725363 or at or visit and for guidance.

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Trade Recycling Acceptance at Dowlais HWRC Only

As of the 9 January 2023 the Local Authority is going to offer a Trade acceptance scheme at Dowlais HWRC.

If you would like to take advantage of the Local Authorities Trade acceptance scheme at Dowlais HWRC then please, call 01685 725000.

It is the Business owner’s responsibility to ensure the bin is kept in a safe and secure place and is not causing a nuisance/hazard to the public. You should not overfill the bin as overspills will not be collected. If you find your business is generating more waste than your bin capacity, please contact us and we can discuss suitable options to resolve this issue.

You will be required to complete a contract and waste transfer note before your service can commence.

If you amend your service, a signed updated waste transfer note must be received by the trade waste officer prior to service change.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council can look at your waste stream and advise on trade recycling opportunities. 

These services can reduce your waste and collection costs whilst helping your company to become green. In other words, Recycle your Waste to Reduce Costs and Save your Local Environment!

If you have any queries about commercial waste collections with MTCBC please fill in our comments form below.

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For information on storage options, collection frequencies and prices please contact The Trade Waste and Recycling Officer on 01686 725000.

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