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Visiting a Recycling Centre

​Recycling centres are for the recycling and disposal of household rubbish only and are free for Cardiff residents to use.

If you attempt to use the recycling centre for the disposal of commercial waste,​ you will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £300 or face prosecution.

Only visit a recycling centre to get rid of items that you are unable to dispose of at the kerbside. 

Bulky items must fit into the boot of your car. Our staff will not be able to assist you to unload your car.

You will need to book each time you visit. Each household is currently limited to:
  • 1 visit per day, and 
  • 26 visits per year for cars
  • 10 visits per year for vans

If you are visiting in a van or a car with a trailer, you can only book 1 visit per month.​

If you are visiting in a car, you can use your allowance flexibly but cannot visit more than once per day.

​You must not use your vehicle registration number to book visits against different addresses. This will be identified, and you may be refused entry or have your booking cancelled.

Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance. You will need to set up an account and provide your home address and your vehicle registration details.

You need to bring your booking confirmation email and ID containing proof of your Cardiff address.

  • Batteries
  • Bikes
  • Car batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Carpets
  • Computers
  • Fluorescent tubes and lightbulbs
  • Fridges/Freezers
  • Garden and household chemicals- these must be clearly labelled
  • Garden waste
  • Gas bottles
  • Hard Plastic
  • Large electrical items, such as dishwashers, washing machines etc
  • Mattresses​
  • Media (books and CDs)
  • Mobile phones
  • Paint
  • Plasterboard (must be broken up)
  • Rubble and hardcore (including soil) - maximum of 6 20KG bags. Bags must be tipped into the skip, and then taken home
  • Scrap metal
  • Sheets of glass
  • Small electrical appliances, such as kettles, toasters, games consoles
  • Televisions and Monitors
  • Tetra Pak (Bessemer Close only)
  • Textiles and shoes
  • Tyres (Lamby Way only)
  • UPVC windows (Lamby Way only)
  • Used engine oil
  • Vegetable/cooking oil
  • Wood

Non-recyclable waste

If you have items that we cannot recycle you can bring them to the site.

Before putting them in the skip our site attendants will need to confirm that your items are non-recyclable. We recommend you use clear bags or a container to help with this process. If you need to use bags to transport the items, you will need to open them to show our staff. You must not use Council issued green bags.

Examples of the material that can be put into our non-recyclable waste skip include:

  • ​Pet waste for example cat litter or animal bedding
  • Blinds
  • Divan bed
  • Garden furniture
  • Polystyrene
  • Thin plastic film packaging
  • Mirrors
  • Sofas and armchairs
  • Wallpaper
  • Baby items for example car seats, highchairs, prams or pushchairs
  • Video or cassette tapes

If you are unsure, please ask our staff. If we do not offer a recycling service to dispose of an item, you will be able to put it in the non-recyclable waste skip. 

We do not accept bags of mixed waste. For example we will not accept a bag containing food mixed with recyclable materials.

If you have this type of waste to dispose of you can pay for our service​, or use a private waste contractor. You will need to make sure they are a registered waste carrier​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window
    Cars are accepted at both Lamby Way and Bessemer Close.
    Vans and cars with trailers are accepted at Bessemer Close only.​

    If you are visiting in a van you will need to wear a high visibility vest, and closed toe shoes. If you do not have your own vest, we can provide you with one. Our vests are sanitised after every use. 

    Please make sure to book at least 24 hours in advance​.

    Please note that 6/7 seater vehicles will only be accepted with the 1/2 rear seats folded down.

    Terms and conditions

    To enable our recycling centres to operate safely and maintain social distancing, we have put in place the following rules:​

    • We are asking all users to wear a face covering, unless exempt.​​​​
    • You must not visit your local recycling centre if you or someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19. This includes a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell.
    • Do not visit the recycling centre if you are in the vulnerable category or if you are shielding.
    • Do not arrive on site until 5 minutes before your time slot.
    • Each vehicle will be given a maximum of 10 minutes to offload on site when visiting in a car. You will have 30 minutes to offload in a van.​
    • Bring your booking confirmation email and proof of Cardiff residency to show to staff. 
    • There are likely to be queues at recycling centres due to limits on the number of people being allowed in at any one time. Please be patient, observe social distancing and respect the staff working at the centres. This is for your safety and the safety of others. 
    • You will be allocated a parking bay when you arrive. If a member of staff isn’t available, please follow the traffic management signs to park your vehicle.
    • You can bring your own gloves or hand sanitiser. Hand sanitiser will also be available on site. 
    • Use hand sanitiser before and after you drop off your items.
    • Two ​people may get out of the vehicle to transport a large, heavy item. Once this item has been put in a skip, we ask that 1 person returns to the vehicle if there are further items to recycle.
    • Keep a two metre distance from staff and other users at all times.
    • Please do not bring any items that are not on the list of accepted materials. 
    • Visits to recycling centres are currently limited to 26 per household, per year in a car or 10 per household, per year in a van. 
    • Respect our staff when visiting the local recycling centre. Anyone being abusive to staff will be instructed to leave.
    • Recycling centres are for the recycling of household waste only. It is an offence to attempt to recycle commercial waste at these centres.
    • We have the right to refuse any vehicle suspected of using the site for commercial use. 
    • We will investigate, and take enforcement action against anyone attempting to use the sites to recycle material from commercial activity​.

    Making changes to your booking

    You can amend your booking using your MiPermit account. 

    If you need to cancel your booking you will need to phone us on 029 2087 2087 at least 24 hours before your allocated slot. 

    Our phone lines are open Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 6pm.

    Unfortunately we cannot take calls on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays. Please bear this in mind if you need to cancel your booking.

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