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Adhesives and Glues

  • These can't be recycled. Use them up if possible, then put in your red striped bag or black bin. 

 

Aerosols

  • Empty aluminium aerosols can be recycled in your Green bag. Remove the plastic lid and place both bits in the bag.

 

Aluminium Cans

  • Cans can be recycled in your Green bag. Please wash them out first and scrape any remaining food waste into your food waste caddy
  • Can also be recycled at your local recycling centre.

 

Aluminium Trays

  • Aluminium trays (the type used for take-away food) can be recycled in your green recycling bag.

 

Aluminium, Foil

  • Foil can't be recycled in your green bag. Aluminium foil is often too thin and contaminated to be recycled.
  • Reuse as much as possible. Keep use to a minimum and dispose of in your red striped bag or black bin.

 

Asbestos

 

Ash (coal)

  • Coal ash can't be recycled. Please place in your red striped bag for collection when the ashes have cooled.
  • Coal ashes are not safe for composting. They contain sulphur and iron in amounts high enough to damage plants.

 

Ash (wood)

  • Wood ash can't be recycled, but it can be composted.
  • Put small quantities of wood ash on your compost heap or in your green recycling bin or white reusable sack.
  • Wood contains minerals that are good for improving the soil.

 

Asthma inhalers

 

Audio Cassettes

  • Audio Cassettes can be taken to your local recycling centre, and deposited in the media bin on site. However, they should not be placed in your green recycling bag.

 

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Bags

  • Reuse your plastic bags or use ‘Bags for Life' when you shop.
  • Plastic bags can't be recycled in your green recycling bags, but can be taken to most local supermarkets who have designated bag recycling points.
  • Take any unwanted leather and textile bags to a charity shop if you no longer need them.

 

Bathroom Furniture

  • Reuse bathroom furniture. If it's in good condition it could be reused by someone else. Sell it through the free ads in your local paper or by a local salvage merchant.
  • If it is not good enough to sell, why not advertise on www.freecycle.orgExternal link opens in a new window .

 

Batteries (Household)

  • Batteries can't be recycled in your Green bag.
  • Reuse - try to use rechargeable batteries where possible.
  • Take your used batteries to your local library or leisure centre for recycling.
  • Many battery manufacturers have a freepost address that you can return your spent batteries to. See packaging for more information.
  • Spent batteries can also be taken to your local recycling centre for recycling.


Beds

 

Bicycles


Black plastic food trays

  • ​Black plastic food trays cannot currently be recycled. They should be put in your red striped bag or black bin.


Books

  • Reuse - give unwanted books to friends, second-hand bookshops, hospitals, charity shops etc.
  • Books can be recycled at your nearest recycling centre.

 

Bottles: Glass

  • You can recycle unwanted glass bottles and jars in your green recycling bags.
  • Other glass such as pyrex and window glass cannot be recycled in your Green bag.
  • Please wrap broken glass carefully and place in your red striped bag / black bin.
  • Larger glass items should be taken to your local recycling centre.


 

Bottles: Plastic

  • Ideally, reuse your plastic bottles!
  • You can recycle plastic bottles in your green recycling bag. Please rinse them out first.  The labels can be left on.

 

Brushes

  • Reuse - brushes can be given a second life by trimming the bristles of softened brushes with a pair of scissors.
  • Worn out toothbrushes and washing up brushes can also be saved and used for DIY jobs and cleaning.
  • After use clean brushes correctly to ensure that they can be used again.
  • Try to buy brushes with replaceable heads.
  • When the brushes are no longer fit for reuse, put them in your red striped bag / black bin with your normal rubbish.

 

Bubblewrap

  • Reuse - bubblewrap can't be recycled but it can be reused to wrap up valuables which are going into storage or being posted.
  • If you can't reuse it, put it in your black bin / bag with your normal rubbish.

 

Bulky Household Items

 

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CDs and DVDs

  • Pass on unwanted CDs and DVDs to friends and family, or donate them to charity.
  • Sell them online with sites such as Music Magpie.
  • You can recycle CDs and DVDs at your local recycling centre.

 

Camping Gas Cylinders

 

Cans

  • Cans can be recycled in your Green bag. Please make sure you give them a rinse first.

 

Car Batteries

 

Cardboard Packaging

  • Reduce - choose products with the least packaging.
  • You can recycle cardboard in your green recycling bag.
  • Cardboard boxes that are too big for your Green bag can be collected from the street as long as it is dry and flat packed. Wet card is difficult to recycle so if it is likely to rain before your next collection you can break the card up into smaller pieces and place it inside the green bag or take it to your local recycling centre.

 

Cards

  • Reuse - postcards and greetings cards can be reused by playgroups and schools.
  • Cut them up and turn them into gift tags or home made cards.
  • Try to buy cards made from recycled paper.

 

Carpets

 

Cat food pouches

  • Cat food pouches cannot be recycled as they are made form mixed materials. They should be put in your red striped bag or black bin.


Cat litter

  • Try to buy biodegradable cat litter made from recycled paper.  It is available from some pet shops. The Bob Martins brand of cat litter made from recycled paper pellets is available at most ASDA stores. The cat litter can be composted, but cat faeces could attract unwanted pests so it is advisable to remove this first.
  • Non-biodegradable cat litter should be placed in your red striped bag / black bin.

 

Catalogues

  • Catalogues can be recycled in your green recycling bag.
  • Please tear them to magazine size by removing pages from the spine. Large catalogues upset the machinery that separates recyclable materials.

 

Ceramics

  • Reuse - donate unbroken ceramic or china to your local charity shop.
  • Please do not place ceramic in glass bottle recycling banks. It can't be recycled in the same way and could result in the contents of the recycling bank being thrown away.
  • Broken china or ceramics should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in your red striped bag / black bin for safe disposal.

 

Christmas Decorations

  • Reuse - Christmas decorations can be reused year after year or donated to playgroups or schools for craft sessions.
  • Decorations that are not fit for reuse should be placed in your black rubbish bin / red striped bag

 

Christmas Trees

  • Recycle your real Christmas tree in your green wheeled bin or white reusable sack. Please cut it up before you put it out for collection.
  • Real trees can also be taken to your local recycling centre.
  • Reuse artificial trees next year.

 

Clinical Waste

  • This includes adult nappies, syringes, sanitary products, soiled dressings and bandages, or any item that may be soiled by blood or bodily fluids.
  • If you have large amounts of clinical waste you need to arrange a special collection so that the waste can be incinerated. For more details or to arrange a collection contact: Cardiff and Vale University Health BoardExternal link opens in a new window , Tel: 029 2033 6555.

 

Clothes and Textiles

  • Reuse - give away unwanted clothes and textiles to a local charity shop.
  • Look for clothes collection points at some highstreet shops such as H&M and Marks and Spencer. Some of these stores will even give you a voucher to get a discount of new clothing.
  • Use markets and swap shops.
  • Recycle old clothes and textiles at your local recycling centre.

 

Clothes / Coat hangers

  • These cannot be recycled in your green bags, but a number of the larger supermarkets do take them back for recycling - please check with the store. If not then please place hangers into your red striped bag or black bins.

 

Compost

  • Vegetable peelings, grass cuttings, tree cuttings, thin cardboard and newspaper can go in your home compost bin if you have one.
  • The council will also collect garden waste from your home, however please don’t mix garden waste with food or other composting materials such as newspaper in council collections.
  • Recycle using your kitchen caddy. Leftover food waste (cooked or uncooked) can go in your kitchen caddy then into your brown kerbside caddy for collection.

 

Computers

  • Reuse - if you have any unwanted computers, printers, fax machines, etc sell them through your local paper, or donate them to charities, schools, community projects.
  • Arrange for bulky item collection from your home

 

Cooking oil

 

Co​r​ks

  • Reuse - natural corks can be used to make a notice board or, if sliced finely, can be put in your compost bin.
  • Plastic corks can't be recycled and should be placed in your red striped bag / black bin.

Crisp packets

  • ​Crisp packets cannot be recycled as they are made from mixed materials. They should be put into your red striped bag or black bin. 

Crockery

  • If your unwanted crockery is in good condition, please take it to a charity shop. If not, please take to your local recycling centre.

 

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DIY/Builders Waste

  • Registered companies will collect and dispose of DIY Waste correctly. Find one in the Yellow pages or local advertisers.
  • Make sure that anyone collecting waste has a valid waste carrier licence. You can check by contacting the Environment AgencyLink opens in a new window .
  • Builders waste, in particular rubble and plasterboard, must not be placed into your household waste red striped bags/black bin for collection. This waste is often heavy and poses a risk to our collection team, and may cause damage to our vehicles. A small amount of rubble can be taken to your local recycling centre.

 

Duvets

  • Reuse - duvets in good condition can be washed and donated to local homeless charities
  • Dispose of old duvets at your local recycling centre or put them in your red striped bag / black bin.

 

DVDs and CDs

  • Pass on unwanted CDs and DVDs to friends and family, or donate them to charity.
  • Sell them online with sites such as Music Magpie
  • You can recycle CDs and DVDs at your local recycling centre.

 

DVD Players / Video recorders

  • Recycle electrical goods in the appropriate bank at your local recycling centre. If you've bought a new player, the retailer should take away your old one.

 

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Egg-boxes

  • Cardboard egg-boxes can be recycled in your green bag or be torn up and added to your home compost heap.
  • Plastic egg-boxes can't be recycled. Please place them in your black bin or red striped bag.

 

Electrical Appliances

  • Reuse - when buying new electrical items, the retailer should take the old one away for reuse or recycling.
  • Try to reuse unwanted electrical items by selling them to second-hand shops or advertising them on FreecycleDolen yn agor mewn ffenestr newydd .
  • Electrical appliances can be disposed of for recycling at your local recycling centre.
  • Donate items in working order to a local charity for reuse.

 

Engine Oil

 

Envelopes

  • Recycle - you can put envelopes in your Green recycling bag for collection. You don't need to remove the windows first.

 

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Fat

  • Don't pour cooking fat down the drain as it causes blockages. Take it to your local recycling centre.
  • You could feed the birds in winter by mixing used cooking fat with bird seed and leaving it to solidify.

 

Fluorescent Tubes

  • Dispose of fluorescent tubes at your local recycling centre.
  • Some lightbulbs can be taken back to local retailers for recycling.

 

Foil

  • Aluminium, Foil: Foil can't be recycled in your Green bag. Aluminium foil is often too thin and contaminated to be recycled. Reuse as much as possible. Keep use to a minimum and dispose of in your red striped bag / black bin.
  • Aluminium Trays: Aluminium trays (the type used for take-away food) can be recycled in your Green bag.

 

Food waste

  • Recycle food waste (cooked or uncooked) using your kitchen caddy.
  • If you have a home compost heap throw on fruit and vegetable peelings to produce good quality soil conditioner.

 

Fridges and Freezers

 

Furniture

  • The British Heart Foundation have 2 large shops in Cardiff that take furniture, white goods and electricals that are in good condition.
  • Sofas must have fire safety labels.
  • They can collect items form your home and also offer a house clearance services.
  • You can find the shops on Crwys Road, Cathays and Cowbridge Road, Riverside. For more information, please call: 0844 248 9148 or visit the British Heart FoundationExternal link opens in a new window website.

 

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Garden Waste

  • Compost garden waste in your home compost bin if you have one, or put it in your white garden waste sack or green wheelie bin for collection.
  • Home compost bins can be purchased at Lamby Way and cost just £7

 

Garden chemicals

  • Small amounts of garden chemicals can be brought to any recycling centre. The chemicals must be in a see through bottle, and clearly labelled.

 

Giftwrap

  • Reuse undamaged gift wrap to wrap the next present you give or try reusable gift bags
  • Recycle paper gift wrap in your green bag once all sellotape has been removed.
  • Avoid buying metallic paper as it cannot be recycled.

 

Glass

  • Recycle glass bottles and jars in your green bag. Please rinse them out first.
  • Other glass such as pyrex and window glass can't be recycled in your green bag.
  • Broken glass should be wrapped and carefully put in your red striped bag / black bin.
  • Larger glass items should be taken to your local recycling centre.

 

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HPDE

  • High-density polyethylene can be placed in the Hard Plastic Skips at your local recycling centre. This includes items such as folding chairs and tables.

 

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Ink Cartridges

  • Reuse - used ink cartridges can be refilled for less than the cost of a new cartridge.
  • Keep an eye out for charities that collect them for recycling. Otherwise, place in your red striped bag / black bin.

 

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Junk Mail

 

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K

 

Kitchen Towels

  • Kitchen towels can't be recycled in your green bag.
  • Try to buy kitchen towel made from recycled paper.
  • use cotton dish cloths instead of kitchen towel.

 

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L

 

Leaves

  • Put compost leaves in your home compost bin if you have one, or if not, use your green wheeled bin / white reusable sack.

 

Lightbulbs

  • Take light bulbs to your local recycling centre or put them in your black bin / striped bag.
  • Some retailers may take lightbulbs back for recycling.
  • Fluorescent tube lighting MUST be taken to your local recycling centre for disposal.

 

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Magazines

  • Reuse - take magazines to local doctors surgeries, hospitals, etc.
  • Recycle in your green bag.

 

Margarine Tubs

  • Recycle margarine tubs in your green bag. Make sure they are thoroughly cleaned first.

 

Mattresses


Medicine

  • Unfinished bottles of medicines or tablets should be returned to your local chemist.
  • Recycle empty medicine bottles in your green bag.

 

Mobile Phones

  • Reuse mobile phones. Many companies and charities will recycle used mobile phones. Look online for charities collecting mobile phones.
  • Make some money yourself by searching for companies that buy old mobile phones for cash.
  • Reset the phone to factory settings first.

 

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Nappies

 

Newspapers

 

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Office Paper

  • Recycle documents in your green bag for collection.
  • Documents of importance should be shredded. Shredded paper can be recycled in your green recycling bags for a weekly collection. Put your shredded paper in its own green bag.
  • If it is business waste then a contracted supplier can collect and dispose of it correctly.

 

Oil (cooking)

 

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Packaging

 

Paper

 

Paint

  • Take old or empty paint tins to your local recycling centre.
  • Do not put them in your household waste bin / bag.

 

Plastic Bags

  • Reuse plastic bags for shopping or as bin liners.
  • Take unwanted plastic bags to your local supermarket. Most have designated bag recycling points.

 

Plastics

  • Recycle plastic bottles and food trays (such as mushroom cartons) in your green bag.

 

Plasterboard

 

Polystyrene

  • Polystyrene can't be recycled in Cardiff at present. Please place in your red striped bag / black bin.

 

Pots and Pans (Metal)

  • If they are in good condition they might be accepted by your local charity shop. Otherwise please place them in the metal skip at your local recycling centre.

 

 

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Radios

 

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Shredded Paper

  • Shredded paper can be recycled in your green recycling bags for a weekly collection. Put your shredded paper in its own green bag.

 

Sofas / settees

 

Send your old furniture to a good home for a good cause

  • The British Heart Foundation have 2 large shops in Cardiff that take furniture, white goods and electricals that are in good condition.
  • Sofas must have fire safety labels.
  • They can collect items form your home and also offer a house clearance services.
  • For more information, please call: 0844 248 9148 or visit the British Heart Foundation website http://www.bhf.org.ukExternal link opens in a new window .

 

Stationery

  • Reuse. Most stationery (other than paper) is not recyclable. Items such as lever arch files, staplers and pen-pots should be reused if possible.
  • Dispose of unusable items in your general waste.

 

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Tetra Pak food cartons


 

  • We can't accept Tetra paks in your green recycling bags as they are made of mixed materials. Please put them in the special Tetra pak recycling banks at Bessemer Close and Lamby Way recycling centres.

 

Televisions

 

Tins

  • Recycle small tins such as drink cans and food tins in your Green bag. Please rinse out first.
  • Reuse larger tins where possible or place in the metal skip at your local recycling centre.

 

Tissues

  • Tissues cannot be recycled and should be put in your red striped bag or black bin.


Tools

  • Tools can be donated to:

    Tools With A Mission (TWAM)
    Corner of Dingle and Bute Lane
    Penarth
    CF64 2ET

 

Toothpaste tubes

  • Toothpaste tubes cannot be recycled and should be put in your red striped bag or blck bin. ​


Trainers

  • Take your old trainers to the specialist trainer shop, My MotiExternal link opens in a new window . Outside the shop door is a bin for old trainers. If they are in good condition they will be reused by local homeless people if not they will be recycled.
  • Alternatively, drop them off to the textile bank at your local recycling centre.

 

Tyres

  • Take old tyres back to a tyre retailer,

 

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UPVC windows

 

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Video recorders / DVD Players

  • Recycle in the electrical goods recycling bank at your local recycling centre.
  • If you have bought a new one the retailer should take your old one away.

 

Vacuum cleaners

  • Recycle in the electrical goods recycling bank at your local recycling centre.
  • If you have bought a new one the retailer should take your old one away.

 

Vegetable oil

 

Video Tapes

  • Reuse - some local charities will accept reusable items for resale.
  • Unwanted or broken tapes should go in your red striped bag / black bin
  • If you have a large quantity, you may be able to recycle them using a private contractor.

 

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Wallpaper 

  • Not recyclable in your green bag. 
  • Please put it in your red striped bags or black bins. 
  • You can also take it to your local recycling centre​ and put in the general waste skip. 


Water Filter Cartridges

  • You can take your used water filter cartridges to Argos or Sainsbury's stores to be recycled.

 

Wood

  • Smaller pieces of "wood" type garden waste e.g. twigs, cut back small tree branches, can be placed in your home compost bin if you have one.
  • Alternatively, place into your green bin or white re-useable garden sacks
  • Large and heavy pieces of wood cannot go into your garden waste collection. They can however be recycled in the wood skip at your local recycling centre.

 

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Yellow Pages

  • Yellow Pages and other similar directories can be disposed of in your green recycling bag. Please do not place multiple directories into the same bag as they can get too heavy for the crews.

 

Yoghurt pots

 

 

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