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Council gives green light for expanded recycling area and new landscaping

Updated: Nov 14, 2023



Plans to improve recycling rates across Caerphilly county borough have taken a step forward with the expansion of recycling facilities at Bryn Recycling in Gelligaer.


Caerphilly County Borough Council has granted planning permission for Bryn Recycling, a Bryn Group company, to expand its recycling storage area and create an enhanced landscaping bund at the Gelliargwellt Uchaf Farm facility.

While the expanded hard standing area will not lead to Bryn Recycling receiving more materials or deliveries, it will provide the space and facilities needed to increase the quality and recovery rate sorted and recovered recycled materials, as well as improving overall site operations.


"We have taken a long-term view of recycling needs for the county borough, and will continue to invest and improve our operations to help Caerphilly residents and businesses reduce, reuse and recycle as part of Wales’s world-leading circular economy.”

Alun Price, managing director of Bryn Group, commented: “The expanded yard will see an even greater proportion of materials that are sorted on site being returned to use in manufacturing and production processes.


“I’m proud of the role we play in boosting local recycling rates and preventing recyclable materials from unnecessarily being wasted. Our ongoing investment in facilities and technology sees us continue to succeed, which secures more than 100 jobs for local people and allows us to support local community groups and grass-roots sports teams.”

The majority of the area within the planning approval relates to enhanced landscaping works, which will both screen the new hardstanding areas but also improve views of the existing fire walls.


The planning application took a “landscape-led approach”, with more than 35,000 native trees and shrubs being planted as part of the new earthworks, all tied-in with established woodland on the valley sides.


Alun Price added: “We have taken a long-term view of recycling needs for the county borough, and will continue to invest and improve our operations to help Caerphilly residents and businesses reduce, reuse and recycle as part of Wales’s world-leading circular economy.”


Planning consultancy was provided by Joe Ayoubkhani at Highlight Planning, advised by McQuitty Landscape Design and John Perkins Consulting Engineer.



Planning Application: Please search Caerphilly council’s planning portal, using reference number 22/0567/FULL

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