Recycling & Waste

Recycling and food waste is collected weekly. General waste is collected fortnightly. You will either have black wheeled bins or red stripy bags for your general waste depending on where you live. General waste is restricted in both bag and bin areas so it is important to try and recycle as much as possible.

Check your collection dates or download a collection calendar for yourWaste collections area:


Cathays and Gabalfa

City Wide

Recycling and waste must be put out on the pavement to be collected, and must be put out before 6:00am on the day of collection, or no earlier than 4:30pm the day before.

Collections run throughout the day from 6am till 10pm.

To find out whether your property uses bins or bags for recycling and waste collections enter your postcode on the council’s website.

The results will show your next 4 collection dates and which containers / bags you need to use.

When you know which containers you need to use for your waste and recycling, you can find out more about using bins or using bags.

recycling onlyGreen recycling bags are for your dry recyclables including plastics and tins, they are collected every week. Have a look at what you can recycle.

If you have large pieces of cardboard that do not fit into your green bag, place them out for collection alongside your bags and they will be collected.

Please empty and rinse out any food and drink containers before recycling them.

You will have the same green recycling bags whether you are in a wheelie bin or bin bag area. If you live in a flat, you may have a large green four wheeled bin for your green bags.

Green recycling bags are provided free of charge from the City of Cardiff Council. You can collect these from Council leisure buildings and libraries and from Cardiff University Students’ Union reception.

caddy man Every week the Council collects household food waste. Every house in Cardiff is provided with a kitchen caddy and kerbside caddy to dispose of food waste.

Food caddies are for all your unwanted cooked or raw food, including fruit and vegetable peelings, left-overs, egg shells, tea bags and coffee grounds. Find out how to use your food waste caddies. 

Caddy liners and food waste caddies are provided free of charge from the City of Cardiff Council. Order them online, call C2C on 02920 872087 or pick them up at a Council leisure centre/library, or from Cardiff University Students’ Union reception.


If you have a bulky household item you need to get rid of you can use the council’s bulky item collection service.

The council collects household items and appliances such as:

  • beds,
  • mattresses,
  • fridges,
  • freezers, and
  • furniture.

Find out more about costs and how to book a bulky item collection.

If you get a fine from the council for a recycling and waste offence you can pay online on the council website.

Pay a recycling and waste fine

Offences you can be fined for include:

  • Littering (including from a vehicle)
  • Dog Fouling
  • Street litter control notices and litter clearing notices
  • Graffiti and fly-posting
  • Presenting waste incorrectly or using bins / bag for the wrong types of waste / recycling.

There are a number of different ways that you can find out when, and what binfoCardiff_logo_1bins/bags/sacks you need to put out for collection each week.

All these services are free of charge, and provided by the City of Cardiff Council to help Keep Cardiff Tidy.

You can download and print a recycling and waste collection, or search your collection dates online

‘Binfo Cardiff’ waste app

You can download a free waste app, so that you have handy recycling and waste reminders ‘on the go’. The app runs on all mobile devices that are powered by Android or Apple operating systems. The app will not work on desktop or laptop computers.

The app is available by searching ‘Binfo Cardiff’ in google playstore (Android Devices) or app store (apple devices).

Please make sure you search ‘Binfo Cardiff’ or you may download the Binfo app for another area.

You are able to set your own time reminders to put your recycling and waste out, as well as search which material goes into your green bags, food waste caddy and garden waste. Once set, you will see your reminder even if you’re not connected to the internet.

If you allow, we will also be able to send you push notifications, to let you know if your recycling and waste collections are going to be delayed e.g. during periods of poor weather.

The app is available now to download

Weekly email reminders

You can now sign up to receive free, weekly email reminders.

You will receive an email the evening before your collection is due. Your email will remind you what bins/bags/sacks you need to put out for collection by 6am the following day. The email will also show the address that you have signed up to receive reminders for.

We will also let you know about any changes to your collection day due to Bank Holidays, and will email you recycling and waste updates throughout the year e.g. Christmas recycling advice.

You can unsubscribe from the email reminder service at any time.

To sign up, enter your house number and postcode and follow the prompt ‘sign up for free weekly email reminders for this address’.

You will receive a welcome email so that you know your sign up was successful. You don’t need to do anything else.

Tidy Text

For residents without access to smart phones, or on the go internet access, the Tidy Text service is available.

Please note, if you were a user of Tidy Text before 4th July 2016 you will need to sign up again from 15th July 2016 to continue to receive text reminders. The current service ends on 15th July 2016. If you no longer want to receive Tidy Texts, you do not have to do anything.

To sign up, text ‘TIDY’ + your house number and postcode to 60163.

To stop receiving texts, text ‘TIDY STOP’

If you move house, you will need to stop messages for your previous address, and then sign up with your new address details.

When you send the text to register for the service or to opt out, your normal text message charges will apply, but after that all text message reminders sent to your phone are free