Food Waste

Cardiff collects food waste weekly from every household.  You can recycle all cooked and uncooked food as well as tea bags and chicken bones using this service.

All you need is a small caddy to collect food waste in your kitchen, some biodegradable caddy liners, and a larger kerbside caddy (or a communal bin if you live in a flat) to put your food waste out for collection.  You can get caddy liners for free at local council libraries, leisure centres and hubs or you can order caddies and liners online.

Food waste is turned into energy to power our homes using a process called anaerobic digestion.  Check out the animation to learn more.
Did you know that 6 recycled tea bags can produce enough electricity to boil a kettle?
In one year all of the food waste in Cardiff could have filled up 11 Olympic sized swimming pools!

What goes in the food bin?

Tea & Coffee Grounds
Meat & Bones
Bread & Pastries
Fruit & Vegetables
Fish
Dairy

Recycling

The Council collects recycling weekly from every household in Cardiff.  You can recycle paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and food containers, empty aerosols and metal food cans all together in one green bag.

Green bags are available free of charge from council libraries, leisure centres and hubs.  You can also order more bags online.

Once your recycling is collected, it is sorted at Lamby Way Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) before travelling to the reprocessors to make new goods!  Watch the video to find out more.

 

In one year we recycled enough glass to cover over 2000 tennis courts!

To see what the reprocessors do to our materials after they’ve left Lamby Way, have a look at these videos:

What can be recycled

Aerosols | Cardboard | Catalogues | Drink cans | Envelopes | Food tins | Glass bottles | Glass jars | Jam jar lids | Junk mail and flyers (remove plastic and wrapping) | Margarine tubs | Magazines | Newspapers | Paper phone directories | Plastic bottles | Plastic fruit punnets | Plastic ready meal trays | Yoghurt pots

What cannot be recycled

Broken glass | CDs or DVDs * | Clothes or shoes * | Coat hangers | Electrical items * | Fake foil (e.g crisp packets or cat food pouches) | Kitchenware | Kitchen foil | Nappies | Paint tins * | Plastic bags | Plastic toys * | Polystyrene packing or takeaway trays | Shredded paper – use garden waste service | Video cassettes * | Wallpaper

* You can recycle these items, and many more, at Household Waste Recyling Centres

Recyling targets

Did you know we have to recycle 70% of our waste by 2025 – we’re not there yet and so we need your help!

We currently recycle at 58%. Our next target is 64% by 2020.

2015/16
53%
54%
55%
56%
57%
58%
2015/16 Target Reached
Thank you!
58%
2019/20
59%
60%
61%
62%
63%
64%
2024/25
65%
66%
67%
68%
69%
70%

General waste

The Council collects general waste fortnightly from every household in Cardiff.  Depending on your area, general waste is collected either in a black wheelie bin or red and white striped bags.  To encourage recycling and to meet strict government recycling targets, the amount of general waste the council will collect from each household is limited.  Find out more about your bin or bag collection, including how to present your waste.

Did you know?

We’re no longer sending waste to Landfill in Cardiff; we work with a company called Viridor who turn our waste into energy.

If you’d like to see behind the scenes in the plant, why not book a visit?

Garden waste

The Council collects garden waste in Cardiff fortnightly in the summer months and monthly during the winter.  Depending on your area, garden waste is collected either in a green wheelie bin or white reusable sacks.

If your home is on a route for a reusable garden sack collection, you must opt-in to the service.  If you are not sure, you can check your collections here.

Did you know that your garden waste is turned into compost which can be used to grow more plants?
By recycling garden waste we’re helping the environment. The environmental impact of recycling Cardiff’s garden waste in one year was the equivalent of taking nearly 2000 cars off the road!

Bulky items

Bulky items or large quantities of waste generated from a house clean-up or move out can be recycled at your local recycling centre free of charge. However you must provide proof when visiting that you live in Cardiff. Tell me more

Cardiff also provides a bulky item collection service and a chargeable collection for house clear ups. This is a low cost collection solution to remove unwanted items from your home.

Sort it out!

Learn how to present your waste for collection. Order more bags and report missed collections.