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Love When You Leave

Most students have extra recycling and waste when they move house, so it’s important to plan how you are going to manage that extra stuff when you move and find out how you can Love When You Leave.

The Love When You Leave campaign was created to help reduce the amount of waste students throw out when they move and provides an opportunity to donate items to good causes.

This scheme supports students by providing a more ethical and environmentally sustainable alternative to sending tonnes of waste to landfill or incineration each year, which helps the environment and others – something to be proud of!

Check out our advice for students below…

Love when you leave

Moving can be stressful, but don’t worry! There are lots of options available to you to help you manage that extra waste and recycling when you are packing up. It’s simple and convenient.

Weekly Kerbside Collections

Did you know most household waste can be recycled using your weekly kerbside recycling collections? Make full use of your regular collections in the lead-up to your move.

Visit or download the Cardiff Gov app to find out what is collected, and your last collection dates.

Remember, recycling and waste put on the pavement outside of these dates will not be collected.

Donate – Give it, don’t bin it!

Donate any items that can be reused or non-perishable food to local charities. Just search for local donation points to find out how and where to donated items or bring your items to the Love When You Leave donation points. Here are some tips for specific items:

Non-perishable food donations, clothing and other small items – These items can be donated at the participating Love When You Leave or YMCA donation points.

For bulky items like furniture, TVs or large appliances – Contact the YMCA’s Colchester Avenue shop by emailing or call 029 2049 5114 to arrange a free collection.

Bicycles can be donated to Cardiff Cycle Workshop, a not-for-profit bicycle recycling project based at Unit 9 Gabalfa Workshops, CF14 3AY (just behind the large Aldi’s off Western Avenue). Visit for more information.

Recycling Take-Away Events

New to 2022! Recycling Take-Away Events are taking place in the heart of Cardiff’s student community! No appointment is needed, and you just need to bring any of the following items to a Take-Away event:

  • Small electrical items*
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Clothing & Textiles
  • Books/CDs/DVDs
  • Hard plastic and metal
  • Food donations (in-date, non-perishable)

*Sorry they cannot accept fridges/freezers, TVs, computer screens, large appliances e.g. dishwashers, washing machines, etc.

Visit a POP-UP Event:

  • Saturday, June 25
  • Sunday, June 26
  • Saturday, July 2
  • Sunday, July 3

The pop-up events will take place from 10:00am until 3:00pm in the car park of Cardiff University’s Hadyn Ellis and CUBRIC buildings.

The car park is located off of Maindy Road, CF24 4HQ, and you can bring items and access the site by car, bike or on foot.

Visit a PICK-UP Event:

  • Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1
  • Monday, July 4 – Friday, July 8

Bring your items to the Recycling Take-Away van. The van will visit the following streets each day at the approximate times:

  1. Monthermer Road – 10:00am to 11:00am
  2. Llantrisant Street – 11:10am to 12:10pm
  3. Gladys Street – 12:45pm to 1:45pm
  4. Harriett/Coburn Street – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  5. Miskin Street – 3:10pm to 4:10pm

Visit the Household Recycling Centre

You can also book a free appointment to visit the Lamby Way or Bessemer Close Household Recycling Centres. Same-day appointments may be available, but it is best to book in advance.

A wide range of items will be accepted but please be aware that the mixed black bags of waste will be NOT accepted at the recycling centres.

To find out what you can take and book an appointment, use the Cardiff Gov app or visit

Bulky Waste

If you have bulky waste such as furniture or large appliances, you need to book a bulky collection. A charge may apply to certain items, and it is essential to pre-book collections in advance.

You can book online at: or on the Cardiff Gov app.

Blue Bags – extra non-recyclable waste

If you have extra, non-recyclable waste that won’t fit into your black bin, you can purchase a roll of blue bags. Simply fill the blue bags with non-recyclable waste, and place on them kerbside for collection on any day throughout June.

To purchase bags and make arrangements for their collection, email

Please recycle and no side waste

Any items that can be recycled, should be placed in the correct recyclable container and not in your black bin or blue bags.

Dry recyclable items like paper, cardboard, tins, drink cans, plastic or glass bottles and plastic containers should go into the green bags and food waste should go into your food caddy.

Your food caddy and green bags are collected every week for free!

Remember, black bags and bulky items should NOT be left next to your bins or in front of your household. This could result in a £100 fixed penalty notice or a prosecution.

Your halls of residence will have their own arrangements to collect additional waste when you move, so speak to your provider to find out how you can recycle more and waste less.

If you live in the halls at Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, or one of the Collegiate AC sites – Eclipse, Crown Place, or the Neighbourhood – you can donate reusable items and non-perishable food at the Love When You Leave donation point located in your building. Just ask at your hall’s reception to find out where your donation point is located.

What can I donate through Love When You Leave?

The only items that cannot be donated are pillows or duvets/quilts for hygiene reasons and opened or perishable food, but you can donate everything else.

A huge range of items are accepted including clothing, shoes, books, kitchen items, electronics, accessories, toys, bags, decorative items and even non-perishable food.

If you would like to donate big items such as furniture, large appliances or bicycles, please speak to your reception, so they can arrange for these items to be collected separately.

Please place any sharp items such as kitchen cutlery or knives into the sharp collection box and not the large donation bin for safety reasons.

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