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Using a Cardiff Recycling Centre

Household recycling centres are free to use for Cardiff residents. To gain entry, proof of residency is required.  Please read below for further details to make your visit as effortless as possible.

As of 28th January 2019 Waste Education Officers will be checking bagged waste brought to general waste skips at recycling centres to ensure that all recyclable material is removed before the skip is used.

Only after residents have removed items that can be recycled and made sure that this material is sorted into the correct recycling skips on site, can the remaining bagged waste be thrown into the general waste skip.

Waste Education Officers will be on hand to assist with all of your recycling queries.

Residents who refuse to show Waste ​Education Officers the contents of their bags will be asked to take them home to separate the items.

Both Household Waste Recycling Centres in Cardiff will continue to allow general waste to be disposed of on site and there is no limit on the amount put into the appropriate skip.

To use a Cardiff recycling centre, you must provide valid identification with proof that you live at a Cardiff address, which is within the City of Cardiff Council boundaries​. As you need to use a vehicle to use our recycling centres, we would recommend your photocard driving licence as the most convenient form of I.D.

​Photocard driving license
​Tenancy Agreement (no more than 12 months old)
​Cardiff Council Council Tax Bill
​Bank Statement
​Utility Bill - no more than 3 months old
Credit card, mobile phone, internet, TV bills e.g. SKY
​Concessionary Cardiff Council issued bus pass
​Council voting forms
​Mortgage Statement
​HMRC/Inland Revenue bill
​Letter from Cardiff Council (on headed paper)
​Parking Permit (displaying car reg)
The ID must have a Cardiff address. These can either be paper copies, or electronic copies on your smart phone/tablet device.

If you are not able to provide valid ID at the recycling centre you will not be able to dispose of your recycling and waste.

You will either need to come back with valid ID or you will have the opportunity to pay to dispose of your waste and recycling at our Bessemer Road weighbridge which is available for anyone to use.​

If you and the person you are helping both live in Cardiff, then you will both need to provide ID as proof of your Cardiff residency.

If you are a landlord of a property in Cardiff, you are able to use the recycling centres whilst tenants are at your address (to dispose of recycling from this address). You must bring the in date tenancy agreement as proof of identification.

Once the tenancy agreement has ended, any waste remaining at the property is classed as commercial waste and therefore must be taken to the commercial recycling centreLink opens in a new window .
You can help a Cardiff resident to dispose of materials generated in Cardiff even if you are not a Cardiff resident yourself. You will need to bring ID from that Cardiff property and a note from the resident to state that you are helping them with the disposal of their items.

If you are helping someone who does not live in Cardiff, we will not accept their items at our Recycling Centres. You will need to contact their local authority to see what conditions they have in place.


If you need to dispose of items belonging to a resident who has passed away and you are not a Cardiff resident yourself, you will need to bring proof of ID from their address and evidence that the property owner lived in Cardiff.

  • Weekends and bank holidays can get busy. Be prepared to queue
  • Please be patient while we change skips. Sometimes there is a short delay
  • Council recycling centres are for the recycling and disposal of household rubbish only
  • Once deposited at a recycling centre, items become the property of the council and may not be removed or sold from the site
  • Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 prohibits anyone depositing any waste or items for recycling that are not authorised by the waste management license
  • It is free for Cardiff residents to take household rubbish or recycling to council recycling centres
  • Waste from businesses or commercial work is not accepted at household recycling centres, even if the work was carried out at your home.  This waste can be taken to the commercial recycling centre at Bessemer Close.
  • Household recycling centres only accept a small amount of building and/or demolition rubbish from small DIY projects carried out at private households. You can only bring up to 6 x 20kg bags of hardcore rubble) a day. The rubble must be in bags. If you have more than this, you will need to contact a licensed skip-hire company