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Residents' responsibility

As a Cardiff resident we need you to love where you live to help keep Cardiff tidy.

You are responsible for:

  • Putting your recycling and waste out correctly for collection.
  • ​Ensuring any waste you produce from your household is stored and disposed of legally.

We can help you do this. 



All properties use green bags for recycling, and a kerbsid​e food caddy for food waste. 

You will either use bags or bins​ for your general waste and garden waste. Make sure you know how and when to put out your waste to avoid receiving a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice).

It is your responsibility to ensure you understand how to present your recycling and waste.

Section 46 Notices and Fixed Penalty Notices

f you are not presenting, storing or disposing of your waste and recycling correctly, ​or if you live in a street where there are issues, you may receive a letter called a Section 46 Notice. 

This is a legal document issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1990​​​​​External link opens in a new window .


The notice has formal instructions on how to store, present or dispose of recycling and waste.

If you follow all instructions in the notice there will be no further action.
If you fail to follow the instructions in the notice, you will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100.
You could also receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 for causing or contributing to litter if you put your recycling and waste out incorrectly.
You have 14 days to pay a fixed penalty notice. If it is not paid, we may take further legal action through the Magistrates Courts. In court the maximum penalty is a £1000 fine with court costs.
You cannot appeal a Fixed Penalty Notice with the council. If you feel that you should not have received the notice, your opportunity to disagree would be through the Magistrates Court.

Are you a student in Cardiff? If so, visit the Cardiff Digs website​​​​​​External link opens in a new window ​​ for more information about waste presentation rules, and life as a student in Cardiff.

Large amounts of waste in your front garden or on your land can ruin the appearance of an area. Depending on the type of waste, it can also be a danger to your neighbours and the environment.

If you have waste on your land we may put a sticker on it and provide you with some information about how you can remove it, such as:

​If the waste is assessed as harmful by an enforcement officer you could be issued with a Section 215 notice​​​​​External link opens in a new window . The notice will ask you to remove the waste within a specific time. We may also ask that you put measures in place so that it does not happen again.

If you give your recycling and waste to another company to get rid of, it is your responsibility to make sure they are a registered waste carrier.
Make sure:

  • they have a waste carrier licence​​​​​ - to check if someone has a waste carriers license, contact Natural Resources Wales on 0300 065 3000 or​
  • you take details of the company’s name and contact details, 
  • you get receipts confirming what they have taken and where they have taken it, and 
  • ask where the waste is being taken. 

If you do not make these checks and your items are fly-tipped you may be held responsible.