Know before you throw – what should you do with your waste and recycling?


Cardiff is one of Britain's leading major city for recycling with rates at over 59%* but we still have some work to do to meet this year's target of 64% as set by Welsh Government.

Although Cardiff collects just over 40,000 tonnes of recycled waste every year, over 7,000 tonnes of this waste either cannot be recycled or there is so much non-recyclable waste in the bags that it can't be separated for recycling.

The three main culprits wrongly put into green bags are:

The three main culprits wrongly put into green bags are:

  • Food- this should be placed in your food caddy for separate weekly collection.


Cardiff residents will be given extra help to recycle properly under a new scheme which will let them know when they put out the wrong items unsuitable for recycling.

It's hoped the new scheme will make a huge difference in the quality of recycling and composting collected from the kerbside by Cardiff Council - helping the city become one of the best recycling cities in the world.

The new campaign will see bright pink stickers placed on recycling and garden waste bags or bins alerting residents that they contain incorrect items. If a pink sticker is put onto a container, residents will have to take their waste back into their property to remove the incorrect items before they put their recycling out again on the next collection date. Find outmore here.

Incorrect presentation of waste and recycling may result in a fixed penalty notice of up to £100. However, before it gets to this point you'll see a pink sticker on recycling bags that have been presented incorrectly. We're asking that if people see pink, we want you to stop and think.

This scheme will be rolled out from 2ndMarch 2020.

Find out more about the campaignhereand follow #seepinkstopandthink on social media.*59.19% in 2018/19

*59.19% in 2018/19