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Recycle this Christmas

Most of us have more waste than usual during the Christmas period.

Do your bit for the environment and recycle this Christmas! 

All waste generated can be presented at the kerbside or taken to the Household Waste & Recycling Centres and must be separated in the normal way.



Thursday 24th December Normal Day
Friday 25th December Monday 28th December
Monday 28th December Tuesday 29th December
Tuesday 29th December Wednesday 30th December
Wednesday  30th December Thursday 31st December
Thursday 31st December Saturday 2nd January
Friday 1st January Sunday 3rd January
Monday 4th January Normal Day

Kerbside Recycling Service

Glass can be recycled over and over and can be recycled in the weekly recycling scheme – please do not place broken glass into the recycling box  

Metal food and drink cans should be rinsed and placed in the blue bag

Plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays should be rinsed and placed in the blue bag

Clean aluminium foil which is free of food can be scrunched into a ball and recycled in your blue bag

Paper and magazines should be presented separately to other materials; shredded paper can be placed into a carrier bag to prevent spillages

Cardboard should be cut into pieces no larger than the recycling box, flattened and free of polystyrene or packaging before being placed out for collection

Wrapping paper

Wrapping paper cannot be collected as part of your kerbside recycling as it very often contains non-recyclable items, such as ribbons and glitter.

It must be placed into the black bin or taken the household waste and recycling centre.

Top tip!
Avoid wrapping paper altogether and give presents
in paper bags, which can be reused.

Real Christmas Trees / Garden waste

Real Christmas trees will be collected on request only.

A collection will be made from the upper Valley on Wednesday 6th January 2021 and from the lower valley on Thursday 7th January 2021.

Please call or email to request a collection before the above dates.

📞01685 726264 📧

Real trees and garden waste can also be taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centres.  

Food waste

All types of cooked and uncooked food which is free of packaging should be placed into compostable bags and into your food waste bin.  Food waste is collected weekly.

Top tip!
Always make a list before you shop and plan recipes
to prevent food waste occurring and to save money too!

Electrical items

Electrical items are harmful to the environment and should never be placed in the wheeled bin as they need to be broken down and disposed of correctly.

The Council collect small electrical items at the kerbside and larger items can be taken to the HWRCs.  You can book a chargeable bulky waste collection by phone on 01685 725000 or via our website.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRC’s)

You can take your waste and recycling to your nearest HWRC at either:

  • Aberfan Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Aberfan Road, Aberfan
  • Dowlais Household Waste and Recycling Centre, The Bont, Gellifaelog Old Road, Dowlais

Both sites are open 9.00am to 4.30pm daily over the Christmas period, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Please remember that we have to restrict the amount of vehicles on site at any one time in order to maintain social distancing, so queuing times may be longer than normal. Please be patient while staff work to keep you safe

To help speed up the process can you ensure that all waste/recycling brought onto site is already separated ready to deposit into the containers. 

Please remember:

  • All waste must be separated by type and placed in the correct container.
  • Packaging must be removed from cardboard before placing it into the correct skip.
  • Bags containing mixed waste will need to be sorted at home before being brought to the site. Sorting stations are available at the sites, which you will be directed to in order to sort any mixed materials.
  • You should flatten cardboard before taking them to the sites.

Always ask a member of staff if you’re unsure which skip to deposit your materials into.

To ensure that there is a consistent traffic flow through the Dowlais site;
all traffic must pull in to the right hand lane to deposit materials.
Parking in the left hand lane reduces traffic flow
and creates a health & safety issue for site users.

Are you keeping up with the Joneses?

Keeping up with the Joneses is a campaign to ensure that every household in Merthyr Tydfil recycles. It targets the small minority of people who don’t recycle at all or who recycle very little.

Households which don’t start recycling could face a £100 fine.

The campaign started in September 2019.

All local authorities in Wales must reduce the amount of waste which is sent for disposal and recycle 64% of their waste in 2020/21 failure to meet this target will result in financial penalties

Van permits

You can now apply for permits required for taking materials to the Household waste and Recycling Centres in a van or using a trailer online at

Proof of residency is required when booking a permit on-line.

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