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Glass recycling collections

Some properties in Cardiff took part in a glass recycling pilot scheme which collected glass separately from other recyclables.

The aim of this pilot was to:

  • Improve the quality of our recycling
  • Invest in council services, by selling our glass rather than paying for it to be recycled

Watch a short video about glass collections.

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 ​​Glass is collected on the same week as your general waste (black bin or striped bags). 

Check your collection dates.​

Y ​ou must put glass into your blue caddy for a fortnightly collection on your normal collection day.

If you put glass in your green bags they will not be collected.

Please make sure you:

  • Put your glass into the blue caddy instead of your green bags.
  • Do not line your glass caddy with plastic bags.
  • Put plastic or metal lids and bottle tops into your green recycling bags.
  • Return your caddy to your property by 9am the day following collection.

We can accept all colours of glass. You do not need to remove labels.

Collection of glass will take place between 8am-8pm. But, please put your blue glass caddy onto the kerbside for collection no earlier than 4.30pm the day before and no later than 6am on collection day.

If you are taking part in the pilot we want you to have your say on the separate glass collection​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window .


Yes please

  • Bottles of any colour (e.g. wine, beer, spirits)
  • Jars (e.g. sauces, jam, baby food)
  • Glass Packaging (e.g. perfume, aftershave, medicine bottles, face creams jars)

All of the above can be placed in whole or broken. Please take care with any broken glass. You do not need to wrap it in paper.

No thanks

These types of glass melt at a different temperature in the recycling process so cannot be collected with glass packaging.

  • Glass cookware (e.g. Pyrex, microwave plates)*
  • Drinking glasses*
  • Ceramics (e.g. crockery, earthenware)*
  • Vases or decorative items*
  • Mirrors*
  • Light bulbs and tubes**
  • Spectacles
  • Window panes***

*If these items are in a good, re-useable condition they can be donated to our re-use partner, The British Heart Foundation at our HWRCs. If they cannot be re-used, you will need to put them into your red striped bags/black bin.

** These can be recycled at our HWRCs

*** These can be recycled at Lamby Way HWRC only

If you live in a block of flats and have communal bins, we will provide you with a new 240 litre bin labelled 'Glass only'.

The bin will be locked but will have a round opening for glass.  You can use whatever container you choose to transport your glass to the communal bin store, but please put glass only into the bin.

Please contact C2C on 029 2087 2087. We can replace these free of charge. 

If you find one caddy is not enough during the pilot, you can order an additional caddy through C2C on 029 2087 2087​

You can also take glass to a local recycling site.

If you need assistance to put your glass caddy out you can contact C2C (029) 2087 2087 and our advisors will be in touch to assess your needs. 

If you already have help from the council to put out your recycling and waste this will continue. Our collection crews will know they need to collect your glass caddy from the agreed collection point. 

We will not be providing an additional orange diamond for your glass caddy, and you do not have to ring us to arrange a new assessment.