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Waste Management Planning Guidance

The Waste Collections and Storage Facilities Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) (1.35mb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window assists planners, developers and architects in designing appropriate storage and collection systems for recycling and waste in both commercial and domestic developments. 

The SPG will reflect changes to Waste Collection operations during 2015. These include:

  • ​Weekly collection of separate food waste 
  • Fortnightly collection of garden waste
  • Standard size of a residual waste bin as 140 litres
  • Provision of storage for bulky waste items in high density developments


Buying the right waste containers for your development

140 litre and 240 litre wheelie bins must be bought from The City of Cardiff Council.


Bin Prices

​Bin type​ Price​
​140 litre wheelie bin​​


​£25 (+ VAT)
240 litre wheelie bin​ ​£25 (+ VAT)
7 litre food caddy​ ​£0
25 litre food caddy​ £0​
​660 litre bulk bin ​£300 (+ VAT)
1100 litre bulk bin​ ​£390 (+ VAT)
660 and 1100 litre bulk bins can be bought from any supplier as long as they meet the Council specification. This is to ensure 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 specifications

Bin t​​ype​​ Size (mm)​ ​ ​ ​Wheels​ ​Material of Bin Waste Stream Colours​​ ​ ​
​Height Width Depth ​General Recycling​ Compost​
7 litre litchen caddy​ ​234 271​ 229​ ​n/a ​Plastic ​n/a n/a​ ​Brown
25 litre kerbside caddy​ ​405 400​ 345​ n/a​ Plastic​ n/a​ n/a​ Brown​
​140 litre wheeled bin ​950 500​ 535​ 2​ Plastic​ Black​ n/a​ Green​
​240 litre wheeled bin 1100​ 580​ ​740 ​2 ​Plastic Black​ n/a​ Green​
660 litre bulk bin​ 1330​ 1250​ 720​ 4​ Steel​ Sliver​ Bright green​ n/a​
1100 litre bulk bin​ 1475​ 1250​ 980​ 4​ Steel​ Silver​ Bright green​ n/a​


Bin Stores and Bulk Bins

If a bin store or the use of 1100 or 660 litre bulk bins has been approved on a residential development, we will need to carry out a risk assessment before bin delivery or waste collections can start.

If this applies to your development, please contact Waste Management once construction is complete.

For further information on the submission of planning applications please see the other Supplementary Planning Guidance notes and Planning​.


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