Waste collections

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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 brown Kerbside food caddy for your home (or a communal bin if you live in a flat).  Simply line a container in your kitchen with a food waste bag which are available for free at local council libraries, leisure centres and hubs.  You can also order kerbside cadies and food waste bags online.  When half full, transfer the liner to the kerbside caddy ready for collection

What goes in the food bin?

Tea & Coffee Grounds
Meat & Bones
Bread & Pastries
Fruit & Vegetables
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!


The council collects recycling from every household in Cardiff.

You can recycle these materials using your kerbside collection:

  • aerosols,
  • cardboard,
  • catalogues,
  • drink cans,
  • envelopes (with and without windows),
  • food tins,
  • glass bottles,
  • glass jars,
  • jam jar lids,
  • junk mail and flyers (remove plastic wrapping),
  • kitchen foil (clean and scrunched into a ball),
  • margarine tubs,
  • magazines,
  • newspapers,
  • paper,
  • shredded paper,
  • phone directories,
  • plastic bottles,
  • plastic fruit punnets,
  • plastic ready meal trays, and
  • yogurt pots.


Find out when and how often the council collects your recycling.

You can check the Recycling A to Z for ways to recycle extra materials that cannot go in your kerbside collections.

What happens to my recycling?

Once the council collects your recycling and materials have been sorted, they are reprocessed depending on material type:

Manufacturers then buy these materials and make new goods with them.

Read more about what happens to your council-collected recycling.

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 beige 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 general waste 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. Find out more about bulky item collections

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.

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