Cardiff to resume recycling and food collection services

Weekly kerbside collections for recyclables and food waste will resume service from 1 June, Cardiff City Council has announced.

In the council’s latest Covid-19 Update released yesterday (18 May) it has confirmed that a normal weekly recycling and food waste collection service will resume in Cardiff.

Due to the strain of Covid-19 on collection services, Cardiff Council had temporarily sent resident’s recyclables to Viridor’s Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Trident Park for incineration but had urged residents to keep separating recyclables so as not to break the habit.

Cardiff resumes recycling and food collection servicesThe update reiterates that residents should place recyclables into the green bags for recycling as normal and food waste into brown kerbside food caddies. Residual waste collections will resume fortnightly and residents should place waste in their black bins or red striped bags, depending on where they live. 

The council has thanked the community for its “fantastic” adaptation to the new collection regime and “patience” whilst the city’s waste collection service experienced disruption in recent weeks.

Whilst recycling and food collection services are set to resume, the council did confirm that other kerbside collections remain suspended until further notice, such as green garden waste, bulky collections and the glass bottle and jar trial.

Furthermore, the residents living in the 14,000 homes that are part of the glass bottle and jar pilot scheme are asked to continue to put their bottles and jars in their green bags, rather than their blue caddy until further notice.

Commenting on the absence of a complete waste collection service, Cllr Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Environment and Recycling, said: "We realise that residents will be disappointed that we cannot provide a kerbside green garden waste collection at the moment, but this is why we provided the one-off green garden waste collections during weekends in May.

“We are working on a booking system which will allow us to open our Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) as soon as it is safe to do so. Residents will have the option of taking garden waste to the HWRCs once we have this up and running."

Cardiff households who usually have their waste collected on Thursday will have a garden waste collection this coming Saturday (23 May) after the council announced last month that collections would be arranged 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.

Speaking on the decision to resume recycling and food collections, Cllr Michael continued:
“I would like to thank our residents for working with us since lockdown began. They've been fantastic and adapted to the new collection regime, spreading the news in their communities about the changes.

"We have always said that we would seek to return to normal service arrangements as soon as we could, and we are now ready to begin doing that.

"I understand that there may be some concern that the complete service we offered before the outbreak isn't quite ready to return yet, but I ask everyone to bear with us. We are working on plans to restore all our services as soon as we can including our Household Waste Recycling Centres, green garden kerbside collections and bulky waste collections.

"I am delighted though, that we can begin recycling again. I know it has concerned many residents and I want to thank them all for their patience."

To read Cardiff City Council’s Covid-19 waste collection service updates, visit the council website.

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