Waste Services Collection Changes

our merthyr tydfil our futureThe council is introducing a new way of collecting your recycling, and we need your help to make it a success.

Over the past few years we have made excellent progress in increasing the amount we recycle, but we are still falling short of reaching our targets.

In 2013/14 we recycled 48% of the waste we collected. Our target is to recycle 58% by 2016. We need all our residents to take part in our new recycling service in order to achieve this.

For 2013/14 we are facing potential fines of £224,000 for the shortfall in our recycling targets and £24,600 for exceeding our Landfill Allowance.


Most residents will have an old green recycling box or a new black box. Please continue to use these.

We have also delivered a new blue sack for recycling cans and plastic. Use the handy table to find out what waste items goes where.


What to put it in?

When is it collected?

Blue reusable recycling sack (new)

Cans & plastics

Every week

Black/green Recycling box*


Every week

Black/green Recycling box*

Glass bottles & jars, Cardboard

Every week

Blue food waste containers

Food waste

Every week

Green reusuable sack

Garden waste

Every two weeks

* All new recycling boxes are black, but some residents may still be using their green recycling box, this will still be collected.




Do you need some more information about the changes to recycling? Download our leaflet in: