Cardiff Council Update: 28th August

Welcome to the last update from Cardiff Council this week, covering: a reminder to residents and visitors to follow social distancing this weekend; news of a planned protest by Extinction Rebellion; the Council's position on face coverings in schools; bank holiday waste collection arrangements; changes to bulky collections; and details on the ongoing support the Council is providing for people who are shielding.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday safely this weekend

With the latest figures showing that COVID-19 is on the increase in Cardiff, residents and visitors are being asked to take care and to follow social distancing requirements as they enjoy the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The current infection rate for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan stands at 10.8 per 100,000.

Although daily fluctuations in the figures are to be expected, the number of new cases in Cardiff is 13.9 per 100,000 of the population.

This increase has seen local case numbers shift from being significantly below the average in England to above it (the average in England stood at 11.9 per 100,000 on 18 August -the last published data).

Within this, the rate of tests coming back as positive has also increased from0.3% at the start of August to 2.3% over the last 7days.  

The latest figures, shared by the Cardiff and Vale Test, Trace, Protect partnership, also show an increase in cases amongst adults in their 20s and 30s.

Read more here:

Extinction Rebellion protests

Extinction Rebellion are holding protests in Cardiff from today, Friday, August 28thuntil Saturday, September 5th.

The Council is concerned about the possible risk of transmission of the virus, especially at a time when infection rates are spiking across the United Kingdom. We did ask Extinction Rebellion to reconsider their protest plans.

The Council has issued a statement on these planned protests which can be read here:

Face coverings to be worn by all school based staff and secondary school pupils

Cardiff Council is strongly recommending that all school based staff and mainstream secondary school pupils wear face coverings when moving around corridors, in communal areas such as lifts, stairwells, toilets and in situations where social distancing cannot be observed.

In order to help schools follow the guidance, the Council will be supplying every member of school staff and every mainstream secondary school pupil with two re-useable masks when term begins in September.

Secondary school pupils will also have to wear face masks when using mainstream school buses and public transport to travel to and from school.

The new guidance is in line with the updated advice from Welsh Government relating to the wearing of face coverings in school and, as part of a risk assessment, it is one of a series of measures designed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Read more, including advice for primary schools, here:

August Bank Holiday - No change to waste and recycling collection dates

Your collection day will remain the same over the August Bank Holiday Monday this year, but collection times may change so please ensure your waste is out by 6am. 

Waste collection services will operate on Monday 31stAugust and there will be no change to collection dates for the rest of the week.

Our waste collection team will work across the bank holiday to ensure the collection service continues efficiently.

If you're unsure if an item can go into your recycling bag, please check ourRecycling A-Z.

The Council is still here to help

Cardiff Council is reminding residents that services to help and support households who need it are still in place in the city.

The Council is encouraging anyone who needs help with accessing food, collecting prescriptions, money advice, into work help and more, to get in touch with the Adviceline on 029 2087 1071 to discuss what support is available.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the Council provided a range of assistance to residents who were shielding, self-isolating or struggling to buy essentials because of the impact of the pandemic. The Council has helped co-ordinate the Welsh Government food parcel scheme and has directly provided  around 6,000 food parcels in total to those in need.

Following the pausing of shielding arrangements on August 16, the Welsh Government food parcel scheme has ceased, however, the Council understands that many people may require ongoing support despite the easing of measures.

The authority has written to around 12,500 people in the city to advise of available support and is also making calls to the 1,400 shielding households who previously received food parcels.

Read more here:


Your bulky waste collection service is changing

You will soon be able to book a bulky waste collection service online and through the Cardiff Gov App as well as over the phone, helping to make the booking process easier and more user-friendly.

Residents will be able to use this booking service in the next few weeks and the launch date will be announced shortly.

We collect a number of items free of charge.

However some items have a collection fee of £12.50 for 2 items.

Free collections are dependent on the material, whether there is a recycling market available for the material, and the quality of the items collected.

From 26thAugust:

Materials we collect for free

️ Large electrical appliances

️ Metal items

️ Hard plastics

️ UPVC windows and frames

️ Spring mattresses

️ White goods

Materials which have a collection charge

️ Items made from a mixture of materials such as a wooden cabinet with glass doors

️ Items made from wood, MDF or laminate

️ Ceramic, tile or stone items

️ Carpet

️ Divan bed bases 

Please note, you can still bring all of these items to our recycling centres free of charge.

Find out more