Recycling rate
62%
Total waste per person
435kg
Residual waste per person
167kg

Recycling service

Cardiff City Council provides a mixed collection for recycles to just over 170,000 households in the city. 

Recycling packaging, such as plastics and tins, as well as paper and card, is ‘co-mingled’ in a green sack, which is collected once a week. Glass is separately presented in blue bins for recycling. 

Food waste is collected from 7-litre brown caddies weekly. 

Residual waste is collected fortnightly, either in red and white striped bags or in black wheeled bins up to 140 litres. Up to three of these bags can be put out every fortnight, and residents cannot order additional bags.

Cardiff Council offers a fortnightly garden waste collection service, apart from during November, December and February. Green bags and 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 £3 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. 

Flats can place the green recycling bags into communal green bins, which are emptied weekly. 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 collection service is available, with collections every fortnight for subscribers.

Cardiff 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.

 There are two household waste recycling centres across the county at Leckwith and Rumney.

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Household waste recycling centres

Bessemer Close Recycling Centre

Bessemer Close Recycling Centre
51.4665, -3.20487

Lamby Way Recycling Centre

Lamby Way Recycling Centre
51.4976, -3.12669

In total
All materials
95k
tonnes of waste was recycled
Savings
Selected materials
£11m
saved by recycling instead of disposal
Climate change impact
Selected materials
36k
tonnes of CO2 emissions was avoided

Top 5 UK recycling destinations

1
Welsh Water
Cardiff, Wales
25,745t
Organic Waste
2
Day Aggregates Ltd
Bristol, England
10,947t
Incinerator Bottom Ash
3
7,463t
Rubble and aggregate
4
7,463t
Rubble and aggregate
5
Encirc Ltd
Upton, England
6,073t
Glass

Where does Wales’ recycling go?

Top countries (selected materials) 2022/23

Glass

Glass icon

Amount recycled
8,278t
CO2 avoided
6,250t
Estimated disposal saving
£935,435
Reported as exported
0%

Top destinations

Metal

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Amount recycled
5,553t
CO2 avoided
14,105t
Estimated disposal saving
£627,515
Reported as exported
14%

Top destinations

Organic Waste

Organic waste icon

Amount recycled
31,553t
CO2 avoided
1,578t
Estimated disposal saving
£3,565,451
Reported as exported
2%

Top destinations

Paper

Paper and cardboard icon

Amount recycled
13,480t
CO2 avoided
7,374t
Estimated disposal saving
£1,523,240
Reported as exported
68%

Top destinations

Plastic

Plastic icon

Amount recycled
3,065t
CO2 avoided
1,643t
Estimated disposal saving
£346,364
Reported as exported
4%

Top destinations

Textiles

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Amount recycled
437t
CO2 avoided
2,549t
Estimated disposal saving
£49,416
Reported as exported
5%

Top destinations

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