Love when you leave

Love when you leave
Living in Cardiff Uni, Cardiff Met, or Liberty Living halls of residences? Download the poster!

Love When You Leave 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, give it, don’t bin it!

Please note this schemes runs between May – September every year

Living in rented accommodation? Download this handy leaflet!

24 Donation 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).

41 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 Donation Point 

Other unwanted goods

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 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

Furniture can be donated to the YMCA shop at Unit N2 Colchester Avenue Industrial Estate, Cardiff, CF23 9AP.  Please email or call 029 2049 5114 to arrange a free collection.

A range of small items can also be donated to Benthyg. They are open every Saturday between 11am – 1pm at the Old Library, Rumney.

Have you thought about what to do with your recycling and waste when you move out at the end of term?

Leaving it on the pavement on move out day, without prior arrangement will result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100! Leaving it inside the property could result in your landlord or agent deducting money from your deposit!

As tenants, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to remove all rubbish from the property and front/back gardens, and from the pavement on non-collection days. We understand you may be moving out on a day when waste won’t be collected, so we have put together a few tips to help you manage this situation, and to help you avoid losing money from fines or deposit deductions!

Here are your options:

1. Plan ahead, know your bin days! Put your recycling and waste out on your normal collection day.

Remember, recycling and food waste are collected WEEKLY and general waste is collected FORTNIGHTLY

General waste collection dates in your area for May and June:

Cathays /Gabalfa / Penylan

  • Thursday 10th May (one day later than normal due to bank holiday)
  • Wednesday 23rd May
  • Wednesday 6th June
  • Wednesday 20th June

Plasnewydd (Roath)

  • Wednesday 16th May
  • Thursday 31st May (one day later than normal due to bank holiday)
  • Wednesday 13th June
  • Wednesday 27th June

Make sure recycling and waste is on the pavement in the correct receptacles no earlier than 4.30pm the evening before (Tuesday) – take all emptied bins/caddies/sacks back onto the property by 9am Thursday.

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 will face a fine.

2. Before you pack up your car to leave, take a trip to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre

  • You can dispose of recycling and waste for FREE at a Household Waste and Recycling Centre
  • Before you pack up your car to leave, why not take a trip to the HWRC to recycle the last of your item/s? You can find skips for over 20 different materials.
  • Your closest HWRC is Lamby Way
  • Don’t forget – you will need ID (e.g. a tenancy agreement) to prove you are a resident.
  • If you’re using a van, you’ll need to book this in advance.

3. DID YOU KNOW: The Council can also offer a free household collection for many large item/s e.g. fridges, large electrical appliances. 

The collection needs to be arranged in advance by contacting Connect to Cardiff on (029) 2087 2087

Not all large items are collected free of charge. You can find out more information about which items are chargeable at on the Council website 

4. Pay for an arranged collection.

  • Pay for a one off collection, any day of the week, from as little as £10
  • Collections must be arranged in advance. To get a quote, call 02920 717761 or email
  • The team are available Monday – Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm

5. Give reusable items to charity at a Donation Point or YMCA re-use bank

  • Charities can benefit from the reusable items you leave behind when you move out.
  • Love When You Leave Donation Points and YMCA re-use banks can accept reusable items such as clothes, small electrical items, books, media items etc.
  • Donation Points can also accept donations of unopened, in date food (tins/packets/jars), and kitchen items (plates, mugs, utensils/pans)
  • Find your closest Donation Point


Remember – if you leave it behind, you will be fined!

The Love When You Leave campaign are proud to partner with Cardiff YMCA to deliver the scheme.

Cardiff’s student population responded in style to the Love When You Leave scheme last year with over 21 tonnes of items collected.

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 are 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.

Please check back here in August for details of the bric a brac sales. These normally take place during Freshers week.

Get involved with the “Love When You Leave” campaign

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?

Student volunteers helped other students with the move out process at the end of term by spreading the word through door knocking and table top exercises. Volunteers helped with 5 table top stands and 8 door knocking sessions, where they advised students about making the most of their unwanted, reusable items, and advising tenants about how to manage their waste to avoid a fine. Volunteers spoke to over 900 students in total!

Current opportunities

Community walkabouts

We are looking for volunteers to help spread the word about the Love When You Leave campaign by joining Cardiff Council on doorknocking events in Cathays, Gabalfa and Plasnewydd areas.


Date Area Meeting Point
Mon 21st May Roath Albany Rd/Wellfield Rd Junction
 Tues 22nd May Roath Albany Rd Primary – Albany Rd Entrance
 Wed 23rd May Gabalfa Sainsburys – Whitchurch Rd
Thurs 24th May Gabalfa Sainsburys – Whitchurch Rd
Tues 29th May Cathays Outside Cathays Library
Wed 30th May Cathays Lidl – Maindy Rd
Thurs 31st May Cathays Co-op Supermarket – Crwys Rd Entrance

 All walkabouts begin at 3pm and will end by 6pm at the very latest.


Outreach sessions

We are looking for volunteers to help spread the word about the Love When You Leave campaign by joining Cardiff Council on outreach sessions in the Student Union buildings

When? 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th May in Cardiff University Students’ Union. All between 12pm and 2pm.


Preparing kitchen items over the Summer

We are looking for volunteers to help prepare donations ready for the bric a brac sales in September! You will be helping to clean and organise items in St Davids Hall with the YMCA.

When? Any time between 9am – 5pm on a week day to suit you

We are looking for volunteers to help sell donations at the bric a brac sales in September! You will be working with the YMCA and Cardiff Council to sell items to students at reduced prices.

When? Dates to be confirmed

To register your interest in an opportunity or for more information, please email 

Tip: on moving out day, fill up your car with any extra waste or reusable items and take them to a Household Recycling Centre/Green Zone Collection Point BEFORE you pack your car with your belongings.

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