Recycling rate

58%

Total waste per person

476kg

Residual waste per person

199kg

Recycling Service

The council operates two household waste recycling centres open seven days a week all year round except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.Cardiff County Council’s kerbside collection service is split into three systems.

The 16,731 properties using bags have co-mingled dry recycling (aerosols, cardboard, tins and cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, and paper) collected from green bags. Shredded paper is also collected from green bags, but must be presented for collection in a separate bag and not mixed with other material. Food waste collected from caddies taken every week. Residual waste is collected every two weeks using red and white striped sacks. Up to three of these bags can be presented every fortnight, as residents are provided with 39 bags every six months. Residents can be flexible with their allowance, but the council not deliver additional to those that run out.

These homes can also opt in to get garden waste collected monthly in winter and fortnightly in summer, using a white sack. Green bags and food caddy liners can be collected free of charge from local stockists, or can be ordered online/over the phone. White garden sacks can be ordered over the phone only, and cost £2 each.

110,000 other properties use a bin system, with the same bags and containers taking recycling and food waste, but narrow 140-litre black wheelie bins taking residual waste fortnightly. For around 105,000 of the properties using bins, garden waste is taken every four weeks in the winter and two weeks in the summer from a green wheelie bin. Around 5000 properties can also opt in to get garden waste collected monthly in winter and fortnightly in summer, using a white sack.

Flats can place the green recycling bags into communal green bins, which are emptied once a week. Food waste is also taken weekly from a communal bin, while communal general waste bins are taken every two weeks. Garden waste is collected from a communal bin, where needs are identified.

A nappy and absorbent hygiene products collection service is available with collections every two weeks for subscribers.

Cardiff County Council provides a bulky household waste collection service for items such as furniture, mattresses and large WEEE. Items that are recyclable are collected for free while non-recyclable items can be collected at a cost of £12.50 for up to two items, £25 for between three and four items, and £37.50 for between five and six items.

The council operates two household waste recycling centres open seven days a week all year round except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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Household waste recycling centres in Cardiff


In total

All materials

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101k

tonnes of waste was recycled

Savings

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£7m

saved by recycling instead of disposal

Climate change impact

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24k

tonnes of CO2 emissions was avoided


Where is your recycling going to?

Top 10 countries (selected materials)

Where is your recycling going to?

Top 10 countries (selected materials)