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Separate recycling collections

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We are introducing separate recycling collections over the next 2 years in Cardiff.

This means you will need to separate your recycling material into different containers instead of putting it in a green recycling bag.

At the moment, 30% of the items in green recycling bags do not belong there, including food and nappies. 

​They cannot be recycled and go to an energy recovery facility to be burned.

With these changes at home, we can all play our part in reducing the impact of climate change.​​
Our goals are to:

  • reduce items in the wrong bags,​
  • reduce single-use green bags,
  • increase recycling rate to 70% by 2025​, and
  • re-use and re-manufacture materials locally.

Getting used to the new collections 

Most flats with communal bins areas are not included in the scheme. However, we are trialling separate bins in certain blocks​.

There will be a transition period while we all get used to the new system.

If there are 1 or 2 incorrect items, our crews will empty the rest of your sack or caddy, leaving those incorrect items behind.
If there are too many wrong items in the sack, they may have to leave the entire sack with a pink sticker​.
We may contact your household to offer help with the new system. 

Using your new sacks and caddy

You will receive re-usable recycling sacks and caddies to replace green recycling bags.​​

You will find the sacks inside the caddy.

We collect sacks weekly.​

Check the ​calendar for you collection dates​.​

The red sack is for containers, such as plastic bottles​, tubs and trays and cans or tins.

Items you can put in the red sack are:

  • plastic toiletry bottles, like shampoo and shower gel,
  • plastic cleaning bottles, like bleach and trigger sprays,
  • plastic drinks bottles, like milk, water and soft drinks,
  • plastic containers, like fruit punnets, yoghurt pots, and cake trays,
  • plastic takeaway cartons and lids,
  • aerosols, like deodorant sprays,
  • metal drinks cans, like beer and soft drinks
  • metal food tins, like beans and soups, and
  • ​foil and foil cartons.

s that do not go in the red sack are:

  • plastic carrier bags,·
  • soft plastics, like cling or plastic film, 
  • cheese wrapping or bread bags,
  • crisp packets,
  • pet food pouches,
  • plastic blister packs, like for medicines,
  • toothbrushes or toothbrush tubes,
  • razors and razor blades,
  • ​empty gas lighters,
  • empty gas canisters,
  • hard plastics, such as children’s toys,
  • plant pots,
  • Tupperware containers.
Items you can put in the blue sack are: 

  • card and cardboard boxes,
  • egg cartons,
  • toilet roll tubes,
  • cereal boxes,
  • toothpaste boxes,
  • paper, newspapers and magazines,
  • envelopes and letters, and
  • printer paper and shredded paper.

Shredded paper can be put in a separate carrier bag and placed on top of the blue sack for collection.​

Items that do not go in the blue sack are:

  • food and drink cartons, like Tetra Pak,
  • polystyrene,
  • plastic film or packaging,
  • wallpaper,
  • wrapping paper, or
  • tissues, paper towels and kitchen roll.

Items you can put in the blue caddy are:

  • glass bottles, like beer wine and soft drinks, and
  • glass jars, like sauce jars and baby food.

Items that do not go in the blue caddy are:

  • ceramics or china,
  • drinking glasses,
  • broken glass,
  • glass panes,
  • light bulbs, or
  • pyrex.

Replacement and additional sacks and caddy

If you need an extra sack, you can use a suitable container instead, like a re-usable shopping bag.
Do not use a single-use bag.​

If you regularly have more recycling than you can fit into your sack, you can request additional sacks.​​

Sorting your recycling inside

You may want to have separate bins within your kitchens to separate your recycling.

Or you can mix recyclables in your kitchen and then sort into the sacks or caddy regularly, or before collection day.

Use our A-Z recycling guide to learn how to separate different items.

Contact us

If you would like to provide feedback about the new service, or have any questions, please contact C2C.

You can also contact us to discuss with the team any reasonable adjustments if you need help putting out your bags.

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