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Recycling Centres

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Recycling centres are for household items only and are free for Cardiff residents to use. Businesses must use our Commercial Recycling centre​.

Only visit a recycling centre to get rid of items that you are unable to dispose of at the kerbside. Please read full terms and conditions​ before making a booking. 

Items must fit into the boot of your car. Our staff will not be able to assist you to unload your car.

Vehicles you can bring to a recycling centre​

You will need to book a time slot each time you visit. ​
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  • 1 visit per day
  • 26 visits per year for cars
  • 10 visits per year for vans




If you are visiting in a car, you can use your allowance flexibly but cannot visit more than once per day.
If you are visiting in a van or a car with a trailer, you can only book 1 visit per month.

Vehicles you can bring to recycling centres​

Recycling centres are at Lamby Way​ and Bessemer Close​. You can take most items to both centres. Please check before visiting.

  • Batteries
  • Bikes
  • Car batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Carpets
  • Computers
  • Fluorescent tubes and lightbulbs
  • Fridges or Freezers
  • Garden and household chemicals- these must be clearly labelled.
  • Garden waste
  • Gas bottles
  • Hard Plastic
  • Large electrical items, such as dishwashers, washing machines etc
  • Mattresses
  • Media (books and CDs)
  • Mobile phones
  • Paint
  • Plasterboard (must be broken up)
  • Rubble and hardcore (including soil) - maximum of 6 20KG bags. Bags must be tipped into the skip, and then taken home
  • Scrap metal
  • Sheets of glass
  • Small electrical appliances, such as kettles, toasters, games consoles
  • Televisions and Monitors
  • Tetra Pak (Bessemer Close only)
  • Textiles and shoes
  • Tyres (Lamby Way only)
  • UPVC windows (Lamby Way only)
  • Used engine oil
  • Vegetable or cooking oil
  • Wood






Non-recyclable waste



If you have items that we cannot recycle you can bring them to the site.

Before putting them in the skip our site attendants will need to confirm that your items are non-recyclable. We recommend you use clear bags or a container to help with this process. If you need to use bags to transport the items, you will need to open them to show our staff. You must not use Council issued green bags.

Examples of the material that can be put into our non-recyclable waste skip include:

  • Pet waste for example cat litter or animal bedding
  • Blinds
  • Divan bed
  • Garden furniture
  • Polystyrene
  • Thin plastic film packaging
  • Mirrors
  • Sofas and armchairs
  • Wallpaper
  • Baby items for example car seats, highchairs, prams or pushchairs
  • Video or cassette tapes


If you are unsure, please ask our staff. If we do not offer a recycling service to dispose of an item, you will be able to put it in the non-recyclable waste skip.

We do not accept bags of mixed waste. For example we will not accept a bag containing food mixed with recyclable materials.

If you have this type of waste to dispose of you can pay for our service​, or use a private waste contractor. You will need to make sure they are a registered waste carrier​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​.


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