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Find your nearest Household Waste and Recycling Centre

Your local Household Waste & Recycling Centre will change over to its Summer operating hours from Sunday 27 March 2022.

The sites in Dowlais and Aberfan will be open from 9.00am to 8.00pm, with the last admittance at 7.50pm

Household Waste and Recycling Centres/Civic Amenity Sites are provided by the Council for residents to dispose of their household waste.

HWRC Locations

There are two HWRCs in the Borough located at:

  • Aberfan Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Aberfan Road, Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4QE.
  • Dowlais Household Waste and Recycling Centre, The Bont, Gellifaelog Old Road, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 3DA.

Opening Times

Aberfan and Dowlais are open every day for the following hours:

Dates Aberfan: Dowlais

27 March 2022 - 29 October 2022

British Summer Time

09.00 - 20.00 19.50 last admittance

09.00 - 20.00 19.50 last admittance

 30 October 2022 - 25 March 2023

British Winter Time

09.00 - 16.30 16.20 last admittance

09.00 - 16.30 16.20 last admittance

  • Proof of address is needed to access the HWRCS. If you cannot provide this then you will be turned away.

The HWRCs are for household waste only, trade waste will not be accepted. It is illegal to deposit trade waste at the HWRCs and traders will be refused entry.

Due to site licencing conditions at both the Dowlais and Aberfan HWRCs no waste/recycling can be deposited outside of the site operating hours. Please ensure that when visiting the sites that you allow sufficient time to deposit your materials and leave the sites before the official closing times.

 Visiting the Site

  • Residents must segregate their waste as much as is practical and dispose of it in the relevant containers on site.

  • Lorries or vehicles over 3.5 tonnes will not be allowed to use the sites. 

  • If you bring your waste to the site in a commercial type vehicle or with a trailer without a permit you will not be allowed to tip your waste.

  • Residents are able to dispose of small amounts of non-recyclable waste at the sites.  As far as practicable any recyclables must be separated and placed in the appropriate container for recycling.
  • From Wednesday 1st April 2020 we’ll be changing the way you can deposit paint products at your local Household Waste & Recycling Centres (HWRCs).  

Can I take a large van or vehicle to the site? Van Permit Scheme

Any resident of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough who wants to bring waste into the HWRC in a van or trailer must apply for a permit.

Cars and 4x4 vehicles (that have not had the seats removed from the rear) do not require a permit.

The following types of vehicle will require a permit: The following vehicles are not allowed to enter the sites:

Cars with a trailer

Vehicles with a tail lift


Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes

4x4 vehicles with pick up backs






NB: While visiting the sites to deposit your waste you should be prepared to be asked to separate your waste into the appropriate containers.  This may include opening any bagged waste for inspection and further sorting.  You may prefer to do this at home before arriving at the site to avoid any unnecessary delays.