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Waste Management Planning Guidance

​​​​​​​​​​​​The Waste Collections and Storage Facilities Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) helps planners, developers and architects to design appropriate storage and collection systems for recycling and waste in both commercial and domestic developments.​



 

Buying the right waste containers for your development



You must buy 140 litre and 240 litre wheelie bins from us.

You can buy 660 and 1100 litre bulk bins from any supplier as long as they meet our specification. This is to make sure bins are compatible with our collection vehicles and compliant with health and safety standards.

If waste containers are not safe to collect, we reserve the right to refuse collection until the bin specifications are met.​

Bin Prices
​Bin type​
Price​
140 litre general waste wheelie bin
​£25 (+ VAT)
​140 litre garden waste wheelie bin
​£35 (+ VAT)
240 litre general waste​ wheelie bin​
​£25 (+ VAT)
240 litre garden waste wheelie bin ​£35 (+ VAT)​
​660 litre bulk bin
​£300 (+ VAT)
1100 litre bulk bin​
​£390 (+ VAT)

There is no charge for 7 litre and 25 litre food caddies.

Food caddy specifications

7 litre kitchen caddy
  • Size – 234mm height, 271mm width, 229mm depth
  • Material – Plastic
  • Waste stream colour – Brown (compost)
 
25 litre kerbside caddy
  • Size – 405mm height, 400mm width, 345mm depth
  • Material – Plastic
  • Waste stream colour – Brown (compost)

Wheeled bin specifications

140 litre wheeled bin
  • 950mm height, 500mm width, 535mm depth 
  • Material – Plastic 
  • Wheels – 2
  • Waste stream colour – Black (general) or green (compost)
 
240 litre wheeled bin
  • 1100mm height, 580mm width, 740mm depth 
  • Material – Plastic 
  • Wheels – 2
  • Waste stream colour – Black (general) or green (compost)

Bulk bin specifications 

660 litre bulk bin
  • 1330mm height, 1250mm width, 720mm depth 
  • Material – Steel
  • Wheels – 4
  • Waste stream colour – Silver (general) or bright green (recycling)
 
1100 litre bulk bin
  • 1475mm height, 1250mm width, 980mm depth 
  • Material – Steel
  • Wheels – 4
  • Waste stream colour – Silver (general) or bright green (recycling)​​

Getting your site ready for collections

If you have been granted planning permission on the basis that a bin store will be provided or the development will use 1100 or 660 litre bulk bins, we will need to carry out a bin store assessment before bin delivery or waste collections can start.

This is to make sure that collections can take place safely, and that your development has been built in line with the planning conditions.

You will need to allow at least 8 weeks for this process to be complete, from initial contact to bin delivery. You must contact us in advance of residents moving in.

If this applies to your development, please contact Waste Management wastemanagementplanning@cardiff.gov.uk​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window to arrange a site visit with our operations team. You can ask for advice at any stage of the building process.

For further information on submitting a planning application please read the supplementary planning guidance.

Bin allocations for houses and flats

Bin provisions for houses of multiple occupation
​​Number of Residents
​Recycling
​General
​Garden
​​Food
​1-5
​Bags (140L)
​1 x 240L
​240L
​1 x 25L
​6-8
Bags (240L)​​1 x 240L and 1 x 140L
​240L
2 x 25L​
​9-10
​Bags (380L)
​2 x 240L 
​240L
​3 x 25L
Where possible, a bin store should be constructed to store the bins for houses.​
Bin provision for houses converted to flats
​​
Number of flats

​Recycling
​General
​Garden
​Food
​3
​N/A
​1 x 240L and 1 x 140L
​240L
​1 x 25L
​4
​N/A
​2 x 240L
​240L
​2 x 25L
​5
​N/A
​3 x 240L
​240L
​2 x 25L
​6
​N/A
​3 x 240L and 1 x 140L
​240L
​240L
​7
​N/A
​4 x 240L
​240L
​240L
​8
​N/A
​4 x 240L and 1 x 140L
​240L
​240L
​9
​N/A
​5 x 240L
​240L
​240L​​
​For houses being converted into flats, the preferred option is individual bin allocation​.
Bin provision for larger developments of purpose built flats and apartments
​​Number of Flats (up to 3 Bedrooms)​

​Recycling
​General
​Food*
​Reuse/Bulky Storage
​5
​660L
660L
​240L
​N/A
​10
​1100L
1100L
​240L
​5m2
​15
​2200L
2200L
​240L
​5m2
​20
​2200L
2200L
​240L
​5m2
​25
​3300L
3300L
​480L
​5m2
​30
​4400L
4400L
​480L
​5m2
​35
​4400L
4400L
​480L
​5m2
​40
​5500L
5500L
​480L
​5m2
​45
​6600L
6600L
​720L
​10m2
​50
​6600L
6600L
720L​10m2​
Garden waste bins are not provided under the assumption that the flats do not have individual gardens or amenity areas. If the proposed development has individual gardens, we can provide 240L bins on request.

*Wheeled food waste containers must be no larger than 240L, due to the weight and the resulting health and safety implications for collection operatives.

Bin provision for large developments of studio or cluster flats
​​Number of bedrooms

​Recycling
​General
​Food*
​​Reuse/Bulky Storage
10
​1100L
1100L
​240L
5m2
20
​2200L
​​​2200L
​240L
​5m2
30
​2200L
​2200L
​240L
​5m2
​40
​3300L
​​3300L
480L
​5m2
50
​3300L
​​3300L
​480L
​5m2
60
​4400L
​​4400L
​480L
10m2​
70
​4400L
​4400L
​480L
10m2​
80
​5500L
​​5500L
720L​
​10m2​
​90
​5500L
​5500L
​720L
​10m2
100
​6600L
​6600L
720L​10m2​
Garden waste bins are not provided under the assumption that the flats do not have individual gardens or amenity areas. If the proposed development has individual gardens, we can provide 240L bins on request.

*Wheeled food waste containers must be no larger than 240L, due to the weight and the resulting health and safety implications for collection operatives.


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Waste Strategy Team, Lamby Way Depot, Lamby Way, Rumney, Cardiff, CF3 2HP
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