Recycling rate

64%

Total waste per person

453kg

Residual waste per person

161kg

Recycling Service

Swansea provides residents with a fortnightly recycling and waste service, with food waste collected each week.

On 'green' weeks, residents can present the green plastic bags provided by the council – one for cans, and glass, and one for paper and card – as well as the food waste bin, bundled large bits of cardboard and the reusable white bag for garden waste.

On 'pink' weeks, residents can present the pink plastic bags provided by the council for plastic bottles and pots, tubs and trays, as well as the food waste bin.

A bulky household waste collection service is provided on request, with one to three items collected for £20 or four to a maximum of six items collected for £40.

There are three different collection options available to flat blocks – recycling banks, recycling bins, or loose bags in a bin store or at the kerbside – along with either communal or individual food waste bins.

The council collects residual waste fortnightly, with each household allowed to put out three black bags for collection each fortnight.

There are five household waste recycling centres across the county at Llansamlet, Clyne, Garngoch, Penlan and Tir John.

Visit Swansea council website

Household waste recycling centres in Swansea


In total

All materials

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72k

tonnes of waste was recycled

Savings

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£8m

saved by recycling instead of disposal

Climate change impact

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32k

tonnes of CO2 emissions was avoided


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Absorbent Hygiene Products


Weight icon
Amount recycled 72t
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CO2 avoided 0t
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Estimated disposal saving £8,118
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Reported as exported 0%

Batteries


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Amount recycled 11t
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CO2 avoided 6t
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Estimated disposal saving £1,241
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Reported as exported 0%

Carpet


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Amount recycled 531t
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CO2 avoided 0t
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Estimated disposal saving £60,012
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Reported as exported 0%

Furniture


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Incinerator Bottom Ash

Incinerator bottom ash

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Amount recycled 1,360t
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CO2 avoided 0t
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Estimated disposal saving £153,673
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Reported as exported 0.91%