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Recycling Service

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council operates a weekly kerbside-sort recycling system.

Each household has two black recycling boxes (although some may still have the old, green recycling box), one for paper and one for glass bottles, jars and cardboard. Small (handheld) electrical items can also be put in the boxes for collection. A blue reusable sack takes plastic bottles and pots, tubs and trays, as well as foil, cans and aerosols.

There is also a blue food bin, which is collected weekly, and a garden waste sack, which is collected fortnightly. Clothing and textiles can be put out on the same day as recycling in carrier bags.

The council provides a bulky household waste collection service for large WEEE and furniture at a cost of £15 for up to three items, with additional charges for items such as garden sheds and kitchen and bathroom units.

A 140-litre black wheelie bin is used to collect residual waste every fortnight. The size of the bin was cut from 280 litres in January 2015.

The council runs two household waste recycling centres across the county.

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Household waste recycling centres in Merthyr Tydfil

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saved by recycling instead of disposal

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Top 5 UK recycling destinations

Where is your recycling going to?

Top 6 countries (selected materials)

Where is your recycling going to?

Top 6 countries (selected materials)