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A-Z Recycling

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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 make sure the aerosol can is completely empty of product and gas before putting in your green bag.

 

Aluminium Cans

  • Cans can be recycled in your Green bag. Please make sure they are empty before putting them in your green bag.​
  • 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.  Please give them a rinse first.

 

Aluminium, Foil

  • Aluminium foil can be recycled in your green bag. Please roll it into a ball before you put it in, and make sure it’s clean.​
     

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

  • Furniture that is in good condition can be donated for reuse. 
  • If your item isn’t suitable for reuse, we can collect it though our bulky waste collection service​.
  • The Council’s reuse partner, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), will not accept bathroom suites (baths, toilets, sinks).

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 supermarkets also have battery collection boxes.
  • Spent batteries can also be taken to your local recycling centre for recycling.


Beds

 

Bicycles


Black plastic food trays

  • ​Recycle black plastic food trays in your green bag.


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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

  • Please 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.

 


 

Bubblewrap

  • 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 or striped bag with your general waste.

 

Bulky Household Items

 

 

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CDs and DVDs




 


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

  • Cut them up and turn them into gift tags or homemade 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

  • Cat litter cannot be recycled and should be placed in your red striped bag or black bin.

 

Catalogues and Directories

  • 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 or crockery


 

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


  • ​NHS advises that to safely and hygienically dispose of colostomy / stoma bags and catheters, you empty the bag of its contents down your toilet. Then wrap, and place in your general household waste for collection.
  • Cardiff Council does not offer a sharps (needles) collection service​.​
  • If you have needles to dispose of you need to arrange a 'sharps' collection. Do not put this waste in your household waste collections. For more information and advice about medical waste contact your doctor or nurse or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

 

Clothes and Textiles

  • Reuse - give away unwanted but wearable clothes and textiles to a local charity shop.
  • Clothes, shoes and textiles can also be donated 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 paper or card 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

 

Cooking oil

 



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. 

 

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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 Natural Resources WalesLink opens in a new window .
  • Builders waste, in particular rubble and plasterboard, must not be placed into your household waste red striped bags or 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

  • Dispose of old duvets at your local recycling centre or put them in your red striped bag / black bin.

 

DVDs and CDs

 

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




 

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.

 

Fluorescent Tubes

 

Foil




  • Aluminium foil can be recycled in your green bag. Please roll it into a ball before you put it in, and make sure it’s clean.​​

 

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

 

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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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Hard Plastic

 

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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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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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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.
  • 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. Tablet blister packets cannot be recycled and should be placed in your black wheeled bin or red striped bags for disposal.​

 

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

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

 

Paint

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

 

Plastic 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.

 

Plastics

  • Recycle plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays in your green bag.

 

Plasterboard

 

Polystyrene

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

 


 

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 recycling centre.

 

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

  • 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

Vacuum cleaners

 

Vegetable oil


 

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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. 

 

Wood

  • Twigs and cut back small tree branches from the garden, can be placed in your home compost bin if you have one or collected with other garden waste using your green bin or white re-usable garden sack.
  • Large or manufactured pieces of wood cannot go into your garden waste collection. They can however be recycled in the wood skip at your local recycling centre.
  • Wood shavings can be put into your garden waste green bin, or re-useable white sack for a kerbside collection​

 

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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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