Bryn Pica Recycling Centre-19 AM

The NEW interactive Recycling and Education Centre – Alun Maddox Visitors Centre has been officially opened in Rhondda Cynon Taf this Recycle Week (23rd-29th September).

The Alun Maddox Visitors Centre has been officially opened today at Bryn Pica, Llwydcoed, by Hannah Blythyn AM, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government and Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services.

The new Centre which has been fully refurbished and kitted out with the latest technology thanks to over £60,000 of Welsh Government Collaborative Change funding and additional Council investment is now open and ready to take bookings.

Local schools and community groups will now be able to use the Centre to find out about the importance of recycling and why, we all need to do our bit – recycling, it’s in our hands.

Cwmdar Primary School pupils attended the opening and were given the chance to use the new facility and test their recycling knowledge.

The Centre boasts interactive videos, which show how recycling is processed in the County Borough - you can also see how a bottle is recycled, take the interactive quiz, discover what’s in your bin, jump in the interactive ocean, sort recycling along the mini material recovery facility (MRF) and lots more.   

The Centre has been named The Alun Maddox Visitors Centre after the founding member of Amgen Cymru – Alun Maddox MBE. Alun served as a director of the company for 25 years and was one of the driving forces in the evolution of waste recycling infrastructure at Bryn Pica and championed the Council and the Company at every opportunity.

Alun was also a huge pillar of the community and served as a school governor for a number of Cynon Valley schools. He was committed to promoting waste education and the development of an education facility at Bryn Pica as far back as 2001. It is for his hard work and these remarkable achievements that Alun Maddox was awarded the MBE for services to the community in 2017.

Sadly, Alun passed away in April 2019, but his memory lives on in the work he did at Bryn Pica and the improvements he made in young people’s lives – and now in the new visitors centre.

The latest recycling figures for Rhondda Cynon Taf, show that in the first quarter of 2019/20 RCT residents are now doing IT better than ever before, as the recycling rate reaches 67%*.

The food waste recycling scheme is also reaching new highs with more and more residents saying they recycle their food waste. Food waste now accounts for almost 20% of what is collected every month, with 5,479 tonnes being collected since April – RCT is Doing IT! Everyone’s Doing IT!

The opening of this new Centre is a welcome addition to the services on offer to residents across the County Borough and it is hoped that it will help to increase recycling rates even further by educating young people about the need to recycle and look after our County Borough and beyond  - it’s time to Stop. Think. Recycle!

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said:

“Recycling should now be a vital part of all our lives, especially our younger residents. This new Centre will help make learning about recycling and the environment fun and engaging and hopefully set the foundations for future recycling generations and beyond. The Centre can also be used to inform community groups about the recycling process and answer any questions they may have. 

“Recycling is a key priority for the Council and it is important that all areas of the County Borough come together and do their bit.  

“It’s great to see that as a County Borough more and more residents are indeed Doing IT and are coming together to show that they love where we live and take pride in our area – together we can make a difference, as the recent figures show.

“We continue to make the recycling service as user-friendly as possible, continually extending the way in which you can recycle and what you can recycle. Together we can make our County Borough a cleaner, greener place to live, work and visit – Recycling, It’s in our hands!"

In addition to its weekly kerbside recycling collections the Council also boasts a number of CRC's right across the County Borough, giving residents access to recycling facilities 7 days a week - all of these facilities will cater for all re-use and recycling needs. A full list of CRCs and the items they accept can be found at:

All centres are manned and attendants are happy to advise residents on recycling and assist or signpost them in disposing of their household material.

All centres are open Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 19:30 from April – October and Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 17:30 from November – March.

For further information on recycling in RCT, visit or follow the Council on Facebook/Twitter. 

Posted on Wednesday 25th September 2019

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