Recycling rate

65%

Total waste per person

459kg

Residual waste per person

161kg

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.

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.

Visit Merthyr Tydfil council website

Household waste recycling centres in Merthyr Tydfil


In total

All materials

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18k

tonnes of waste was recycled

Savings

Selected materials

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£2m

saved by recycling instead of disposal

Climate change impact

Selected materials

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8k

tonnes of CO2 emissions was avoided


Top 5 UK recycling destinations

1 Biogen, Aberdare, Wales 2,498t
Organic Waste
2 Bryn Group Limited, Gelligaer, Wales 2,484t
Rubble and aggregate
3 Bryn Group Limited, Gelligaer, Wales 1,800t
Organic Waste
4 Day Aggregates Ltd, Bristol, England 1,464t
Incinerator Bottom Ash
5 Ardagh Group, Wakefield, England 1,153t
Glass

Where is your recycling going to?

Top 10 countries (selected materials)

Where is your recycling going to?

Top 10 countries (selected materials)


Absorbent Hygiene Products


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Batteries


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Amount recycled 3t
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CO2 avoided 2t
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Estimated disposal saving £362
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Reported as exported 0%

Carpet


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Amount recycled 57t
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CO2 avoided 0t
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Estimated disposal saving £6,410
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Reported as exported 0%

Furniture


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