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 scheme 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, 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 9th May (one day later than normal due to bank holiday)
  • Wednesday 22nd May
  • Wednesday 5th June
  • Wednesday 19th June

Plasnewydd (Roath)

  • Wednesday 15th May
  • Thursday 30th May (one day later than normal due to bank holiday)
  • Wednesday 12th June
  • Wednesday 26th June

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

No additional  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 usual collection times 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 recycling centre recycle the last of your item/s? You can find skips for over 20 different materials.
  • Your closest is Lamby Way
  • Please sort out your recycling from your general waste before visiting.  Otherwise you will be asked to do so at the recycling centre
  • 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 2 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 785282 or email
  • The team are available Monday – Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm

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.

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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