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Community recycling centres

(Video transcript)

Open hours in the pandemic

During the week:
8:30am to 7pm (In order to accommodate cars which are already queuing on site before recycling centres close at 7pm, please be aware that gates may be shut up to twenty minutes early.)

On weekends:
8:30am to 5pm (In order to accommodate cars which are already queuing on site before recycling centres close at 5pm, please be aware that gates may be shut up to twenty minutes early.)

The reuse shop at the Maesteg site is closed until further notice.

Waste accepted during the pandemic

You are only allowed to dispose of essential waste at the tip. That is, you should only dispose of waste if:

  • keeping it at home could cause injury, illness or harm
  • you have extra waste which normal kerbside collections cannot collect, and disposal cannot wait until lockdown is over

Entry by number plate

To cut waiting times and the number of vehicles queuing, we will use an ‘odds-and-even car plate system’, after successful trials elsewhere in Britain.

Please take a look at the table below that shows which number plates can access the community recycling centres on certain dates. 

Schedule for access by number plate

Dates when cars with odd or even number plates can go to the tip.
Date when a car is allowed onsite The last number on the car's number plate
Tuesday 26 May Odd.
Wednesday 27 May Even.
Thursday 28 May Odd.
Friday 29 May Even.
Saturday 30 May Odd.
Sunday 31 May Even.
Monday 1 June Odd.
Tuesday 2 June Even.
Wednesday 3 June Odd.
Thursday 4 June Even.
Friday 5 June Odd.
Saturday 6 June Even.
Sunday 7 June Odd.

Car plates whose last numbers are even

Even numbers are 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8.

Examples of even number plates:

The last number on this registration plate is even.

The last number on this registration plate is even.

Car plates whose last numbers are odd

Odd numbers are 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9.

Examples of odd number plates:

The last number on this registration plate is odd.

The last number on this registration plate is odd.

Access to sites

Traffic management, road closures and alternative routes will be in place so the site can be accessed safely. Staff will be present to give advice and support.


At Tythegston, access will only be available to vehicles travelling in from the A48. There will be no site access from the A4106 Bridgend Road.


At Brynmenyn, vehicles will use a diversion to approach the site on George Thomas Avenue. They will drive and queue along St Theodore’s Way and Chilcott Avenue.


Access routes to the site at Maesteg will be as per normal.

Vehicles allowed

At each site, only cars will be allowed access. Until further notice, vans, trailers and 4x4 crew cab vehicles will not be allowed in, and the permit scheme will not be available.

Only a few cars will be let in at a time, and so delays must be expected. You will need to queue, and you should not get out of your cars until it is your turn.

Behaviour at the tip

All items and materials must be sorted before entering a recycling centre. Only one person will be allowed to get out of the car to dispose of waste.

Staff cannot help unload or move items from cars due to social distancing requirements, so please only bring waste that one person can carry safely.

As only a few cars will be let in each time, visitors should have no difficulty social distancing while at the sites. Anyone who refuses to do so will be asked to leave immediately, as will anyone who is abusive to staff.

What you can recycle at your local centre

Before visiting your local community recycling centre, please check that we are able to take your waste. We can recycle:

  • batteries (car and household)
  • bikes
  • bric-a-brac
  • cans
  • cardboard
  • cooking oil
  • electrical and electronic items
  • fridges/freezers
  • gas cylinders
  • glass bottles and jars
  • green/garden waste
  • lightbulbs
  • motor oil
  • paper
  • paint
  • plastics
  • scrap metal
  • soil
  • textiles
  • wood

Please note

Please sort recycling before arriving at the community recycling centre to avoid delays. Bags of domestic waste can be put into the general waste skip, but won’t be accepted if they contain any material that can be recycled.

Asbestos is accepted at the Tythegston centre only with a tipping permit. A charge will apply.

Plasterboard, rubble, soil and hard core are classed as construction waste. These are limited to two bags with a maximum weight of 17kg each. Repeat visits are not allowed within the next 30 days. For larger quantities, you will need to book a skip or waste removal company. Trade waste is not accepted.

Plasterboard will only be allowed in the plasterboard skip, and not the general waste skip. Any other material attached to the plasterboard such as tiles will need to be removed before being accepted.

Don’t leave waste outside the community recycling centres. You could be prosecuted for fly tipping.


There are currently three community recycling centres in Bridgend County Borough. These are in Brynmenyn, Maesteg and Tythegston.


Address: Davies (Bros) Waste, Tythegston, CF32 0NE.


Address: Heol Ty Gwyn Industrial Estate, Maesteg, CF34 0BQ.


Address: Brynmenyn Industrial Estate, Brynmenyn, CF32 9SZ.

Duration of the scheme

It is likely that these measures will be in place for several weeks before a more normal service resumes. Please see this article on these arrangements for more information.


Telephone: 01656 643643

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