Get it out for Cardiff

Get it out for Cardiff logo

Get it Out for Cardiff (GIOFC) is the annual end of term waste, recycling and charity collection scheme, set up to ensure that moving out at the end of term is stress free and leaves our communities clean and tidy.

The scheme includes a re-use and charity collection of unwanted items, so when you clear out, donate it!

Download our advice sheets for students or landlords and agents.

23 Green Zone Collection Points

are set up in halls of residences and Student Unions across the city where you can donate clothing, food (unopened, in date tins, packets, jars etc), small electrical items, books, CDs, DVDs and kitchen items (plates, mugs, utensils, pans etc).

17 YMCA re-use banks

are in place all year round to collect clothes, shoes, bags, textiles, small electrical items, books, CDs/DVDs.

Find your closest YMCA bank and/or Green Zone.

Other unwanted goods

Bicycles can be donated to Cardiff Cycle Workshop, a not-for-profit bicycle recyclng project based at Unit 9 Gabalfa Workshops, CF14 3AY (just behind the large Staples off Western Avenue). People can donate unwanted bicycles Mon-Fri between 10am-4pm. Donated bicycles are refurbished by a dedicated team of volunteers and are then available for sale every Friday afternoon 1-5pm and the first Saturday of the month 10-12am. For more details ring 02920 616783 or visit

Cookers, microwaves, kettles, toasters, bedding, pillows etc can be donated to the Cardiff Consortium (Charities) who can redistribute these items to those in need. Please contact Sue Glendinning on 07896 499060.

When you start sorting through your belongings, it may surprise you how much stuff you have built up since coming to University. It’s important to start sorting through your belongings early, to avoid a manic rush near the end of your tenancy!

As tenants, it is your responsibility to remove all rubbish from the property and front/back gardens, before you leave. Rubbish left on the pavement for collection outside of the collection window will result in tenants receiving an on the spot fine from Cardiff Council. Likewise, landlords may be able to deduct money from any deposit given for rubbish left in the property or gardens. We understand that many students will be moving out on a day when waste won’t be collected so we’ve put together a few tips to help you manage this situation, and to ensure you don’t receive any fines

Plan ahead, know your bin days!

Kerbside collections in June for Cathays, Gabalfa and Plasnewydd will be as follows:

General waste (black bins/red bespoke bags) 25/05/16 08/06/16 22/06/16
Recycling (green bags) 25/05/16 02/06/16 08/06/16 15/06/16 22/06/16
Food waste (food caddy) 25/05/16 02/06/16 08/06/16 15/06/16 22/06/16


General waste (black bins/red bespoke bags) 02/06/16 15/06/16 29/06/16
Recycling (green bags) 25/05/16 02/06/16 08/06/15 15/06/16 22/06/16 29/06/16
Food waste (food caddy) 25/05/16 02/06/16 08/06/15 15/06/16 22/06/16 29/06/16


Waste should be presented after 4pm the day before collection; bins should be removed as soon as possible following collection.

No additional weekend kerbside collections will be provided and all waste from the property and gardens should be removed. You must not leave any rubbish on the streets outside of the collection window or you could face a fine.

Extra waste

If you have bulky items or need to dispose of surplus waste, the Council can offer additional collections as below:

Items Costs How to arrange
Bulky waste collection – 1 to 2 items £12.50 Call 2087 2087
Bulky waste collection – 3 to 4 items £25 Call 2087 2087
Bulky waste collection – 5 to 6 items £37.50 Call 2071 7501
Non collection day – Waste Removal Quote on request Call 2071 7501


If you do not have access to a car, or are moving out on a different day than collection day, you can contact the Council to arrange a quote for clearance of recycling, waste and bulky items. Once payment has been made, waste will be collected on a date convenient to you e.g. on your move out day. Contact Commerical Services on on 02920 717501 or (Monday-Friday, 8.30am until 4.30pm).

If you do not wish to pay for additional services, you can make use of the pop up donation points for reusable items or take recycling and waste for FREE to a local Household Waste Recycling Centre (Lamby Way CF3 2HP, or Wedal Road CF14 3QX.). Don’t forget to take your proof of address with you!

Tip: on moving out day, fill up your car with any extra waste or reusable items and take them to a Household Recycling Centre/pop up donation point first

Cardiff’s student population responded in style to the Get It Out for Cardiff scheme last year with over 26 tonnes of items collected. A number of charities benefit from the scheme.

Clothing, electrical items, media and bric-a-brac are being collected for the YMCA to directly reinvest in projects and services for homeless people at the Cardiff YMCA Housing Association.

Kitchen items will be stored over the summer by the YMCA and sold to students at the start of term at heavily discounted prices, with proceeds going to the YMCA Housing Association. Check back here for updates of our sales, to bag yourself a bargain!

Food is being collected for Fareshare Cymru for redistribution to people in need in our local communities to help fight food poverty.

Find out more about the charities that benefit from the scheme by clicking on the logos below.


Help students “Get it Out for Cardiff”!

Do you want to help keep our communities clean and tidy, or maybe you would like to gain experience working alongside Cardiff Council and local charities? We have many ‘Get It Out for Cardiff’ events that you can get involved with. Check back here for updates, or email to register your interest!