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Christmas And New Year Holiday Arrangements

The Civic Centre and other Council offices and departments will be closed from 2pm on Friday 22nd December 2023 until 8.30am on Tuesday 2nd January 2024.

Christmas Opening Hours 2023 - Registrars

The Register Office will be closed from 12.30pm on Friday 22nd December 2023 and re-open at 8.30am on Wednesday 27th December 2023.  The Register Office will be also be closed from 3.30 pm on Friday, 29th December 2023 and re-open at 8.30 am on Tuesday 2nd January 2024. 

For urgent enquiries please call our Emergency number, 01685 385231.

Refuse and Recycling Collections

Your collection days over the festive period:

Normal Collection Day: Will Be Collected On:
Monday 25 December

Wednesday 27 December

Tuesday 26 December

Thursday 28 December

Wednesday 27 December

Friday 29 December

Thursday 28 December

Saturday 30 December

Friday 29 December

Sunday 31 December

Monday 1 January

Tuesday 2 January

Tuesday 2 January

Wednesday 3 January

Wednesday 3 January

Thursday 4 January

Thursday 4 January

Friday 5 January

Friday 5 January

Saturday 6 January

Bulky household waste collections

There will be no bulky collections throughout the Christmas period.

The last day of collections will be Friday 22nd December and they will resume on Wednesday 10th January.

Sharps and dialysis

Sharps and dialysis collections will be made on the same day over the Christmas period so collections will take place on Friday 22nd and Friday 29th December as normal.

Christmas Tree recycling

Real Christmas trees will be collected on a request basis only.

Booking is available from Monday 18th December until Wednesday 3rd January.

How to book:

Online: merthyr.gov.uk/book-a-christmas-tree-collection

Telephone: 01685 725000

Collections will begin on Monday 8th January 2024 for a two-week period only. Trees must be cut into manageable pieces, no longer than 1.5meters and no heavier than 25kg.

Household Recycling Centres (HRCs)

Our HRCs will be closed on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th December, and Monday 1st January. Normal winter opening times (9am – 4.30pm) apply on all other dates.

Recycling

Please recycle all you can over the festive period at the kerbside or HWRCs.

Top tips:

  • Brown paper is classed as packaging and can be recycled in your cardboard box only
  • Please rip off the back of your Christmas cards and recycle them in your cardboard recycling box (any parts of the card with glitter or ribbons will need to go in the non-recyclable bin
  • To prevent waste, use reusable gift bags instead of wrapping paper this year
  • Recyclable wrapping paper can be placed out in your paper recycling box – non-recyclable shiny or glitter wrapping paper must be placed in the grey wheeled waste bin due to the variety of mixed materials found on these products.
  • Reduce food waste and save money by planning meals with leftovers.
  • Recycle all food that cannot be eaten
  • Please fold down or break up cardboard boxes so they fit in the recycling box, please remove all other packaging before recycling.
  • Don’t forget to recycle your batteries on the kerbside by obtaining a purple battery bag from your local library or HWRC.
  • Recycle any broken or obsolete electric lights or decorations in carrier bag at the side of your recycling box.
  • Recycle your clean foil in the blue bag.
  • Having a pre-Christmas clear out? Donate any good, clean, reusable items to the New Lease of Life shop in Pentrebach CF48 4DR.

If you are not sure on what can be recycled, visit our website to check www.merthyr.gov.uk/resident/bins-and-recycling/how-to-recycle-correctly

A New Lease of Life reuse shop

Unit 20, Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Park, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 4DR

Christmas and New Year opening times:

Day: Time:
Christmas Eve

9am-2pm

Christmas Day

Closed

Boxing Day

Closed

27th December

9.30am-4.30pm

28th December

9.30am-4.30pm

29th December

9.30am – 4.30pm

30th December

9.30am-4.30pm

New Year’s Eve

9am-2pm

New Year’s Day

Closed

EMERGENCY DRAINAGE PROBLEMS

The telephone number for emergencies relating to drains serving Merthyr Valley Homes properties during the holiday period is 01685 385231. 

Sewerage problems relating to all other properties should be directed to Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water on 08000 853968.

SOCIAL SERVICES

For emergencies contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01443 743665.

Bank Holiday Burial Arrangements

MTCBC cemetery office opening hours Christmas 2023

Date Time
Thursday 21 December

8.30-4pm

Friday 22 December

8.30-12pm

Monday 25 December

closed

Tuesday 26 December

closed

Wednesday 27 December

8.30-4pm

Thursday 28 December

8.30-4pm

Friday 29 December

8.30-3.30pm

Monday 1 January

closed

Tuesday 2 January

8.30-4pm

Cemetery opening times

MTCBC cemeteries are open for pedestrian access 24 hrs a day

Winter opening and closing times for Vehicle access

1st Oct - 31st Mar

Location: Time:
Cefn Cemetery

8am - 5pm

Pant Cemetery

8am - 5pm

Beechgrove cemetery

8am - 6pm

Aberfan Cemetery

open 24 hrs

Graigfargoed Cemetery

open 24 hrs

Burial arrangements will be as follows:

Interment Application Received Burial to Take Place
Monday 18 December

Friday 22 December

Tuesday 19 December

Wednesday 27 December

Wednesday 20 December

Thursday 28 December

Thursday 21 December

Friday 29 December

Friday 22 December

Tuesday 2 January

Monday 25 December

Closed

Tuesday 26 December

Closed

Wednesday 27 December

Wednesday 3 January

Thursday 28 December

Thursday 4 January

Friday 29 December

Friday 5 January

Monday 1 January

Closed

Tuesday 2 January

Monday 8 January

If you find any difficulty with these arrangements please telephone the Bereavement Services Office on 01685 725145/07714140268.

All MTCBC cemeteries are open to the public every day of the year, weather permitting.

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