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.
Clothing and textiles can be put out on the same day as recycling in carrier bags.
There is also a blue food bin, which is collected weekly, and a green garden waste sack, which is collected fortnightly between April and November.
The council provides a bulky household waste collection service for large WEEE and furniture at a cost of £18 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.
There are two household waste recycling centres across the county at Aberfan and Dowlais.