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Recycling rate
67%
Total waste per person
443kg
Residual waste per person
147kg

Recycling service

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (BGCBC) provides a weekly kerbside-sort collections service for recycling.

It collects:

  • food waste every week, from a 23-litre outdoor caddy (and 7-litre kitchen caddy) using caddy liners provided by the Council for free;
  • dry recycling every week, from either a Trolibocs unit comprising one 40-litre box and two 55-litre boxes, or separate boxes and reusable bags, allowing residents to separate their:
    • glass bottles and jars;
    • metal cans, tins, aerosols and foil, and plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays; and
    • paper;
  • cardboard every week, from a large reusable white bag;
  • household batteries every week, from a small reusable white bag. Residents may collect a bag from their nearest Community Hub, which is located centrally in all local libraries managed by the Aneurin Leisure Trust. Despite the bag being made available, residents may choose to continue putting their old batteries out for collection in single-use plastic bags, if they have any to use up; and
  • textiles and small electrical items every week, in separate clear plastic bags.

BGCBC also collects:

  • absorbent hygiene products (AHP) every week, from single-use orange sacks, if residents have registered for this service; 
  • garden waste every week, from a large reusable green bag; and
  • non-recyclable waste every three weeks from a black wheelie bin or up to four single-use black sacks.

The Council provides a bulky household waste collections service for large items. Residents can request a collection by visiting BGCBC's website. There is a charge of £6.35 per item for up to 5 items, with increased charges for some specific larger items.

There are two Household Waste Recycling Centres in the county - one in Abertillery and one in Ebbw Vale - which residents may use for free. Residents should visit the Council's website to check if they need to book an appointment before they visit a site.

Visit Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council's website.

Household waste recycling centres

New Vale Civic Amernity Site, Ebbw Vale

New Vale Civic Amernity Site, Ebbw Vale
51.7517, -3.18262

Roseheyworth Recycling Centre, Abertillery

Roseheyworth Recycling Centre, Abertillery
51.742243997614, -3.1507051319229

In total
All materials
21k
tonnes of waste was recycled
Savings
Selected materials
£2m
saved by recycling instead of disposal
Climate change impact
Selected materials
9k
tonnes of CO2 emissions was avoided

Top 5 UK recycling destinations

1
3,581t
Rubble and aggregate
2
3,581t
Rubble and aggregate
3
Agrivert Ltd
Cynffig, Wales
3,507t
Organic Waste
4
Smurfit Kappa
Birmingham, England
1,955t
Paper
5
Knauf Insulation Ltd
Cwmbran, Wales
1,704t
Glass

Where does Wales’ recycling go?

Top countries (selected materials) 2022/23

Glass

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Amount recycled
1,712t
CO2 avoided
1,293t
Estimated disposal saving
£193,498
Reported as exported
0%

Top destinations

Metal

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Amount recycled
1,662t
CO2 avoided
4,222t
Estimated disposal saving
£187,823
Reported as exported
3%

Top destinations

Organic Waste

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Amount recycled
5,197t
CO2 avoided
260t
Estimated disposal saving
£587,275
Reported as exported
0%

Top destinations

Paper

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Amount recycled
2,582t
CO2 avoided
1,412t
Estimated disposal saving
£291,776
Reported as exported
3%

Top destinations

Plastic

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Amount recycled
925t
CO2 avoided
496t
Estimated disposal saving
£104,537
Reported as exported
0%

Top destinations

Textiles

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Amount recycled
188t
CO2 avoided
1,097t
Estimated disposal saving
£21,267
Reported as exported
4%

Top destinations

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