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Cardiff Council to run one-off garden waste collections

Households in Cardiff will receive a one-off garden waste collection in May, Cardiff Council has announced.

In a statement released yesterday (27 April), the Council said it had arranged the collections to allow residents to dispose of some of their grass cuttings and garden waste that had built up since the service had been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month, Cardiff asked residents to store garden waste at home until collections could be resumed as it revealed that it was “temporarily” sending dry recycling mixed with general waste for incineration at waste management company Viridor’s Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Trident Park.

Different areas of Cardiff have been allocated different days for their one-off collection across the month of May.

In its statement, the Council asked residents to only put out garden waste for collection in their green wheelie bins or reusable garden sacks, warning that additional garden waste placed in any other container will not be collected.

The collections will happen in the following wards of the city on the following days:

  • Saturday 2 May– Creigiau/St Fagans, Radyr/Morganstown, Fairwater; Pentyrch, Tongwynlais, Ely and Caerau (collection usually on a Monday)
  • Saturday 9 May – Canton, Llandaff North, Llandaff, Velindre, Butetown, Grangetown and Riverside (collection usually on a Tuesday)
  • Saturday 16 May – Cyncoed, Pentwyn, Plasnewydd, Gabalfa, Cathays and Penylan (collection usually on a Wednesday)
  • Saturday 23 May – Pontprennau/Old St Mellons, Trowbridge, Llanrumney, Adamsdown, Rumney and Splott (collection usually on a Thursday)
  • Saturday 30 May – Rhiwbina, Llanishen, Lisvane, Heath and Whitchurch (collection usually on a Friday)

Commenting on the collections, Cardiff Council Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Environment and Recycling, Cllr Michael Michael said: “A lot of residents have been getting in touch wondering if there was any chance we could do a garden waste collection during the outbreak. We’ve worked on a plan which involves our waste teams coming in specially to work every Saturday in May to pick up garden waste. With the reduced staffing we have been experiencing due to the virus I want to stress that this hasn’t been easy to arrange.

“So, it’s important people recognise this is a one-off and everyone does their bit and only puts out garden waste in their green bins or their garden sacks. Any more garden waste will have to be left behind. We simply won’t have the time or capability to pick up more without disrupting our normal weekly collections across the city.”

The Council has been working to update the calendar information for residents across the council website, Cardiff Gov App and its chatbot BOBi, advising that collections scheduled for late May won’t show immediately.

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