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Recycling rate
68%
Total waste per person
415kg
Residual waste per person
133kg

Recycling service

Vale of Glamorgan Council operates a weekly kerbside sort collection service to all houses in the borough. This means, all houses borough-wide must sort their recyclable items into separate containers, provided by the Council.

The Council collects:

  • food waste every week,
  • dry recycling every week,
  • garden waste every two weeks (between March and November, with a ‘ring and request’ service between December and February), and
  • non-recyclable waste every two weeks.

The Council provides the following containers for collect the following materials separately:

  • a green caddy for food waste
  • a grey caddy for glass bottles and jars
  • a reusable blue bag for:
    • metal cans, tins, aerosols and foil
    • plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
    • food and drink cartons (such as Tetra Pak)
  • a reusable orange bag for cardboard
  • a reusable white bag for paper
  • a reusable small white bag for household batteries
  • a reusable green bag for garden waste 

Residents may collect extra or replacement recycling containers from local outlets, such as their local library.

If residents need to get rid of any small electrical items, they should place them loosely on top of one of their recycling bags or caddies. They should not put them in any type of container, including any single-use plastic bags.

Residents may put out up to two black bags of non-recyclable waste every two weeks.

The Council offers a bulky household waste collection service for beds and sofas, mattresses, tables and chairs, wardrobes, cookers and dishwashers, fridge freezers, washing machines and tumble dryers, and carpet and carpet underlay. To find out how much this service costs, or to book a collection, residents should visit the Council’s website.

The Council operates two household waste recycling centres in the county – one in Barry and one in Llandow.

Visit Vale of Glamorgan Council's website.

Household waste recycling centres

Barry Recycling Centre

Barry Recycling Centre
51.3976, -3.24534

Llandow Recycling Centre

Llandow Recycling Centre
51.4339, -3.5077

In total
All materials
36k
tonnes of waste was recycled
Savings
Selected materials
£4m
saved by recycling instead of disposal
Climate change impact
Selected materials
14k
tonnes of CO2 emissions was avoided

Top 5 UK recycling destinations

1
Freeland Horticulture Ltd
Trowbridge, Wales
6,154t
Organic Waste
2
Welsh Water
Adamsdown, Wales
4,609t
Organic Waste
3
3,770t
Rubble and aggregate
4
3,770t
Rubble and aggregate
5
Day Aggregates Ltd
Bristol, England
2,872t
Incinerator Bottom Ash

Where does Wales’ recycling go?

Top countries (selected materials) 2022/23

Glass

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Amount recycled
4,014t
CO2 avoided
3,031t
Estimated disposal saving
£453,593
Reported as exported
0%

Top destinations

Metal

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Amount recycled
2,079t
CO2 avoided
5,281t
Estimated disposal saving
£234,962
Reported as exported
13%

Top destinations

Organic Waste

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Amount recycled
13,067t
CO2 avoided
653t
Estimated disposal saving
£1,476,553
Reported as exported
0%

Top destinations

Paper

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Amount recycled
5,563t
CO2 avoided
3,043t
Estimated disposal saving
£628,579
Reported as exported
19%

Top destinations

Plastic

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Amount recycled
1,455t
CO2 avoided
780t
Estimated disposal saving
£164,438
Reported as exported
0%

Top destinations

Textiles

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Amount recycled
112t
CO2 avoided
650t
Estimated disposal saving
£12,612
Reported as exported
100%

Top destinations

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