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Glass recycling collections – pilot scheme

From 15th October 2018 some properties in Cardiff will be taking part in a pilot scheme to collect glass separately from other recyclables.

The aim of this pilot is to:

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

If the pilot is successful glass collections may be rolled out across the city.  

Watch a short video about glass collections and why we are running the pilot scheme.

Video id: eoBo6cEcz1Q​


The initial pilot will take place for at least 12 weeks. During the pilot we will be conducting research to understand how residents use the service. 

Separate glass collections for properties taking part in the pilot will continue until a decision is made on whether to expand the scheme across the city.

Taking part in the pilot scheme

If your property is part of the pilot scheme, you will receive a letter, an information leaflet and a blue caddy for your glass by Monday 15th October.

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

Enter your postcode to check if you are taking part in the glass collection scheme​.

From the 15th October you 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.

We asked residents for their initial thoughts on separating glass from the green bag during the budget consultation.  More than 75% of respondents were in favour.

For the pilot, we have chosen a variety of streets and households to take part. The streets have been chosen based on their differing recycling habits and housing type. This will allow us to consider how the results of the trial may affect the city as a whole.

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​​.​

We can replace these free of charge. 

Please do not order these until glass caddy deliveries have been completed, by 15th October 2018.

If you find one caddy is not enough during the pilot, you will be able to order 1 extra caddy from 12th November 2018.

If you feel you need more than 2 caddies, you will need to contact C2C on (029) 2087 2087. Our recycling advisors will be in touch to discuss your request.

You can also take glass to a local recycling site.

We sampled a variety of containers, and weighed them all when full. This helped us choose a caddy that was a reasonable weight for residents and our collection crews to lift.

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.