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Separate recycling collections

We are introducing separate recycling collections across the city.

We will deliver the containers you need along with an information leaflet explaining the scheme. You will find the sacks inside the caddy.

Once the separate collections start for your property, we will no longer collect green recycling bags and they will not be available from stockists.

If you live in a block of flats with communal recycling bin collections, this change will not affect you. Find out about recycling if you live in a flat​.

Areas changing to separate recycling from 16 July

If you live in these areas, we will be delivering the containers from 10 June:

  • Adamsdown
  • Caerau
  • Heath East
  • Lisvane
  • Llandaff North
  • Penylan
  • Pontprennau
  • Rumney
  • St Fagans
  • Tongwynlais
  • Whitchurch 
  • Ely
  • Gabalfa
  • Heath West
  • Llandaff
  • Pentrych
  • Radyr
  • Rhiwbina
  • Trowbridge

You will be able to see separate recycling collections on the calendar​ nearer the time.  ​

We will collect your red sack weekly. ​

The red sack is for containers, such as plastic bottles​, tubs and trays and cans or tins.

Items you can put in the red sack are:

  • plastic toiletry bottles, like shampoo and shower gel,
  • plastic cleaning bottles, like bleach and trigger sprays,
  • plastic drinks bottles, like milk, water and soft drinks,
  • plastic containers, like fruit punnets, yoghurt pots, and cake trays,
  • plastic takeaway cartons and lids,
  • aerosols, like deodorant sprays,
  • metal drinks cans, like beer and soft drinks,
  • metal food tins, like beans and soups, 
  • Tetra Pak, and
  • ​foil and foil cartons.

s that do not go in the red sack are:

  • plastic carrier bags,
  • soft plastics, like cling or plastic film, 
  • cheese wrapping or bread bags,
  • crisp packets,
  • pet food pouches,
  • plastic blister packs, like for medicines,
  • toothbrushes or toothpaste tubes,
  • razors and razor blades,
  • ​empty gas lighters,
  • empty gas canisters,
  • hard plastics, such as childrens toys,​
  • plant pots, and​
  • Tupperware containers.
We will collect your blue sack weekly. 

Items you can put in the blue sack are: 

  • card and cardboard boxes,
  • egg cartons,
  • toilet roll tubes,
  • cereal boxes,
  • toothpaste boxes,
  • paper, newspapers and magazines,
  • envelopes and letters, and
  • printer paper and shredded paper.

Shredded paper can be put in a separate carrier bag and placed on top of the blue sack for collection.​

Items that do not go in the blue sack are:

  • food and drink cartons, like Tetra Pak,
  • polystyrene,
  • plastic film or packaging,
  • wallpaper,
  • wrapping paper, or
  • tissues, paper towels and kitchen roll.

We will collect your blue caddy fortnightly on the same week as your general waste. 

Items you can put in the blue caddy are:

  • glass bottles, like beer wine and soft drinks, and
  • glass jars, like sauce jars and baby food.

Items that do not go in the blue caddy are:

  • ceramics or china,
  • drinking glasses,
  • broken glass,
  • glass panes,
  • light bulbs, or
  • pyrex.​

If you cannot store or carry the sacks you are given, smaller ones will be available from some hubs from 10 June 2024. 

You can pick up smaller sacks from: 

  • Ely and Caerau Hub
  • Grangetown Hub
  • Gabalfa and Llandaff North Hub
  • Penylan Library
  • Powerhouse Hub
  • Radyr Hub
  • Rhiwbina Hub
  • Rumney Hub
  • Star Hub
  • St Mellons Hub​
  • Whitchurch Library

If you need an extra or replacement sack, you can collect them from some Hubs.

If you need an extra or replacement caddy, you can order online. 

You will only be able to pick up sacks and caddies and order them online once your area has moved over to the new collections. 
  1. Separate your recycling into your new containers.
  2. Do not overfill your sacks. 
  3. Make sure the sacks are closed using the Velcro on the flap and handle.

Your waste must be put out for collection by 6am on the day of your collection, or no earlier than 4:30pm the day before your collection.

If you have help to put your bins and bags out​ you do not need stickers for your sacks and caddy. We will continue to help with your collections. 

We use vehicles with two separate compartments for your recycling. Items from the blue sack go into one side of the vehicle and items from the red sack go into the other.

We have a different vehicle to collect the glass recycling.

Please be aware that sometimes our vehicles go for a service or an MOT. This may mean we have to use a general waste vehicle to collect your recycling. Please be assured this does not have a negative impact on the quality of the recycling materials you have separated for collection.​

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Contact us

If you have any questions about separate recycling or you need some help using the service, please complete the online form.​


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