Black bags on kerbBlack Bag Collections

Households in the Vale are only able to put out a maximum of 2 black bags of household waste for collection every fortnight.


Collections: Fortnightly


Please place your black bags out for collection before 7.00am on your collection day. 


  • Standard size black bags will need to be used

  • Extra-large bags such as wheelie bin liners will not be collected

  • Where additional black bags are put out, they will not be collected and enforcement action may be taken

  • Over Christmas and New Year the restriction will not apply


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Please place the following items in your black bags: 

  • Nappies
  • Wet Wipes
  • Polystyrene
  • General Waste
  • Black Plastic Trays


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Additional Bag Allowance

Need extra help? If in your household you have:

  • Six or more residents

  • Pet waste and bedding

  • Ash from household log burners/fires 

  • Nappies or adult hygiene products

  • Other waste that you can’t recycle or limit to 2 bags.


A member of our team will discuss your needs with you and a warden visit may be arranged.

  • 01446 721536


If you have already been allocated additional allowance, you can pick up purple bags at the Civic or Alps Offices:

Monday - Thursday: 8.00am - 5.00pm /  Friday: 8.00am - 4.30pm


  • What is changing?

    We are making changes to your black bag collections. From 3rd September households will only be able to put out a maximum of 2 black bags of household waste for collection every fortnight.



    Standard size black bags will need to be used. Extra-large bags and wheelie bin liners will not be collected.


    The restriction does not apply to your recycling collections – you can still put out as much recycling as you have.


    There will be NO CHANGE at present to your collection day.
  • Why is the service changing?

    We need to increase the amount that we recycle in the Vale of Glamorgan.  We currently recycle 64% of our waste, which is really good, but we need to recycle 70% by 2024/25 to meet the Welsh Government’s mandatory targets.  If these targets are not achieved the Council may be fined.



    We have found that over 60% of the waste that is put out in black bags in the Vale can be recycled through services provided by the Council.  We want householders who don’t recycle to start and those who currently recycle to recycle more by focusing items from around the home. For example: shampoo bottles and aerosols from the bathroom, aftershave and perfume bottles from the bedroom etc. This will help us to increase the amount we recycle across the County.


    While the targets give us a focus and something to work towards, the change is not just about targets, it is about us as a County becoming recycling focused. 
  • What evidence is there that restricting black bag waste improves recycling rates? 

    A number of other Councils in Wales have already introduced restrictions to black bag waste which have proven to increase recycling rates.



    For example, in Bridgend, the introduction of restricted residual collections has led to the recycling rate in the county increasing from 57.90% last year to 68.55% this year.
  • Will I have enough room in my 2 black bags? 

    Yes, if you fully use your weekly food waste and recycling services and fortnightly garden waste collection you will have enough room in your two bags.


    Recycling facilities are also provided at your local household waste recycling centres.


    However, if you have 6 or more people living in your household or produce waste that you are not able to recycle or limit to two bags (such as nappies or large amounts of pet waste), you will be able to apply for an additional allowance of bags by calling 01446 721 536.  One of our wardens will discuss your needs with you and a warden visit to your home may be arranged. 
  • What about smells and attracting pests? 

    If you use your weekly food waste recycling collection, this will remove one of the main sources of smells from your black bags.  For your food waste collection, we provide a lockable caddy and compostable food bags, so this will help keep smells and pests out.



    Other items that cause smells, such as nappies, can be double bagged and placed in your black bags, which will help prevent unpleasant smells.
  • Our household produces nappy/incontinence waste, what do we do with it? 

    If you are not able to limit this type of waste to two black bags, you will be able to apply for an additional allowance of bags by calling 01446 721 536. 
  • We have a coal fire so produce a large amount of ash, what do we do with it? 

    If you are not able to limit this type of waste to two bags, you will be able to put it out in a separate black bag(s), but clearly label this bag as ‘Ash’.  Please make sure that when you do this that, you only put ash in the bag(s), the bag(s) is/are not heavy and that the ash is cold. 




    If items other than ash are put in the bag(s), then it/they will not be collected.


    If you choose to do this, please contact us on 01446 721 536 to let us know – that way we will be able to make sure that our crews know to collect it.
  • I’ve have a cat, dog and rabbit, what do I do with the waste?

    Pet waste (including from litter trays) needs to go in the black bags but can be double bagged to reduce any potential odours.


    If you have a large number of pets and are not able to recycle or limit your waste to two bags, you will be able to apply for an additional allowance of bags by calling 01446 721 536.  However, we would ask that you try the restriction first, before applying for the extra allocation.
  • I’m worried there will be more fly tipping in my area?

    We have an enforcement team who work full time following up incidents of dog fouling, littering and fly tipping.  They will monitor fly tipping in the Vale and any person found to be fly tipping will be subject to enforcement action.


    We are proud of our environment in the Vale and we will take any action needed to maintain it.
  • Will there be any change to my recycling collections?

    No, your recycling collections will stay as they are. You will still be able to put out as much food and dry recycling (cans, plastics, paper, card, glass) as you have every week, and as much garden waste recycling as you have every fortnight.


    The restriction only applies to black bag collections.
  • Will there be any changes to my collection days?

    No, your collection day will stay the same at present.
  • Where can I get additional recycling containers from?

    Barry, Cowbridge, Llantwit and Penarth libraries, as well as some smaller libraries and the Council’s Alps depot in Wenvoe hold stock of recycling containers.  You can pick up a container from any of these sites.
  • What happens to my recycling once its collected?

    Dry recycling (cans, plastics, paper, card and glass) is taken to a materials recycling facility, where it is sorted and prepared for recycling.


    Food recycling is taken to an anaerobic digestion facility.  The process produces heat to heat homes, and a compost type material that can be used to fertilise land.


    Garden waste is taken to a facility near Cardiff where it is turned into compost.