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Residents' responsibility

As a Cardiff resident we want you to love where you live, and help keep Cardiff tidy. To help with this we have introduced a Pink Sticker scheme. 

Photo of pink sticker for recycling scheme

Pink S​ticker scheme 

Around 20% of items put into recycling bags contain material that cannot be recycled. The main contaminants found within green bags are: 

Our pink sticker scheme will provide extra help letting you know when you have put an incorrect item in your recycling. We hope this will improve the quality of Cardiff’s recycling and help us in our ambition to achieve a 70% recycling rate by 2025. ​

Our collection crews will check the contents of bags and bins for incorrect items outside individual properties. Crews will make a note of any issues and put a pink sticker on your recycling or garden waste. 

What to do if you get a sticker 

If you see a pink sticker on your bags or bin you will need to remove the incorrect items before you place your bins out on your next collection date. You may receive letters to your property, which will give you some extra help and advice on recycling.

For properties that put their recycling bags in a communal area, our crew will sticker the bags and make a note that they have identified incorrect items at a shared collection point. 

Please read our collection information​ to learn more about which items you can and cannot recycle. If you continue to put incorrect items in your recycling, you will be issued with a formal notice. 

If you have had three pink stickers within a 12 week period you will receive a formal notice. 

If you have any specific circumstances you would like us to consider please contact us for support and guidance.

If you receive a sticker or a letter, but you believe that your bin/bag is not contaminated please contact us and we will look into the matter for you. 

How to avoid a pink sticker 

There are a number of ways you can find out about what items to put in your recycling bags and bins: 

Find out more at your local hub 

We will be running the following help sessions to assist with any questions you may have about the pink sticker scheme. The sessions will run from 10am-3pm. 
Location ​​
​Monday 24th  February ​Asda, Ferry Road, Grangetown
​Tuesday 25th February ​Canton Library
​Wednesday 26th February Central Library
​Thursday 27th February Llanrumney Hub
Friday 28th February ​Morrisons Llanishen