Separated Recycling Collections - Rural Vale Only

Over the next year we’ll be making some changes to recycling collections in the Vale of Glamorgan.


We’ll be delivering four new containers for your card, paper, glass, cans and plastic.


Food and garden waste collections will continue as normal and can be placed in your existing green bags and caddies. 




Your recycling will still be collected weekly, except for garden waste, which is collected fortnightly between March and November.



When will the changes be introduced?

  • Rural Vale: Autumn 2019

  • Barry: Spring 2020

  • Penarth, Sully and surrounding areas: Summer 2020





Community Centre Car Park, Treoes

Wednesday 18 September, 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Town Hall Car Park, Cowbridge

Thursday 19 September,  12.00pm - 4.00pm

The Gathering Place Car Park, St Athan

Friday 20 September, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

St Davids Primary School, Colwinston

Tuesday 24 September, 3:30pm - 7.00pm 

St Brides Primary School, St Brides Major

Thursday 26 September, 4.00pm - 6.00pm 

Town Hall Car Park, Llantwit Major

Saturday 28 September, 11.00am - 1.00pm

Farmers Arms Car Park, Aberthin 

Monday 30 September, 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Community Hall Car Park, Ewenny

Tuesday 01 October, 2.00pm - 6.00pm

Wenvoe Arms Car Park, Wenvoe

Thursday 03 October, 10.00am - 12.00pm

Red Lion Car Park, Bonvilston 

Thursday 03 October, 4.00pm - 6.00pm

The Star Inn Car Park, Wick

Friday 04 October, 8.00am - 11.00am

Town Hall Car Park, Cowbridge

Saturday 05 October, 11.00am - 1.00pm

Lifeguard Hut, Ogmore by Sea

Monday 07 October, 12.00pm - 4.00pm

Rhoose Primary School Car Park

Tuesday 08 October, 4.00pm - 6.00pm 

Train Station, Llantwit Major

Wednesday 09 October, 12.00pm - 4.00pm



We’ll be asking you to separate your recyclable items into the different containers.


Orange Bag - Cardboard






  • Cardboard boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Cereal boxes 
  • Toothpaste boxes
  • Tetra Paks


White Bag - Paper




  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Envelopes
  • Wallpaper
  • Wrapping paper 
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Kitchen roll
  • Shredded paper
  • Brown paper


Grey Caddy - Glass bottles and jars






  • Glass jars
  • Glass bottles
  • Ceramics or china
  • Drinking glasses
  • Glass panes
  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex
  • Broken glass


Blue Bag - Plastic, cans, empty aerosols, foil and Tetra Paks







  • Shampoo/conditioner bottles
  • Milk bottles 
  • Drinks cans
  • Drinks bottles
  • Tetra Paks
  • Food tins e.g. soup tins
  • Empty aerosols 
  • Foil 
  • Foil cartons 
  • Cleaning product bottles
  • Crisp packets
  • Food pouches e.g. for pet food
  • Biscuit packets
  • Carrier bags
  • Black or brown plastic
  • Film e.g. cling film or ready meal lids
  • Hard plastics e.g. toys
  • Gas cannisters
  • Lighters


Green Caddy - Food waste






  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Bread, cakes and pastries
  • Meat and fish
  • Cat and dog food
  • Guinea pig, rabbit and hamster food
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Bones and shells
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Egg shells
  • Packaging 
  • Liquids
  • Oil or fats
  • Animal or human faeces


Green Bag - Garden waste






  • Grass
  • Shrub cuttings
  • Leaves
  • Plants
  • Flowers
  • Most weeds
  • Hedge clipping
  • Soil
  • Stones
  • Invasive weeds e.g. Japanese Knotweed
  • Animal or human faeces



  • What is changing?

    We are making changes to your recycling collections.


    Your recycling and food waste will still be collected weekly, but we will be providing you with new containers which will be delivered in time for the launch of the new service and asking you to separate your recyclable items into your new containers. Your new containers will include:

    • an orange bag for your cardboard
    • a white bag for your paper
    • a grey caddy for your glass bottles and jars
    • a blue bag for your plastics, cans, empty aerosols, foil and Tetra Paks.


    You will still be able to recycle your food waste and garden waste as normal, using your green caddy and green bag, respectively.


    Your black bags for unrecyclable waste will still be collected every two weeks and households will continue to be able to put out up to two standard size black bags every fortnight. 

  • Why is it changing?  


    The change is aimed at improving the quality of the materials we collect for recycling, which is better for the environment and will help us to recycle more in the UK.­


    It is also in line with  the advised approach for all of Wales set out by Welsh Government.

  • Will my collection day change? 

    Your collection day may change; we will send you information about this through the post.


    Please remember to put your containers out by 7.00am on your collection day. 



  • Will I receive new containers?

    We will provide new containers for dry recycling.


    You can continue to use your existing green caddy for food waste and green bag for garden waste. 

  • Can I get extra recycling containers? 

    Yes. You can collect extra recycling containers from local outlets, such as your local library.

  • What can I do with my old containers?

    You may continue to use your old blue recycling bags to recycle any additional tins, cans and plastics you might have.


    You may also use your old green recycling box(es) to recycle extra glass items.


  • Why are there so many containers?

    Using separate containers enables crews to spot materials that cannot be collected (such as nappies or film) more easily, and also allows us to generally keep materials separate throughout the recycling process. 


    This means that we do not have to use expensive sorting equipment to separate the materials before they can be recycled and the quality of the materials in general is much higher, which in turn improves how well the material can be recycled and also the value of the material. 


    The Council is able to sell high value materials into the market, rather than pay for the materials to be processed which is the case at present.

  • Can I get assistance?

    If you already have an assisted collection for waste and recycling this will continue.


    If your circumstances change and you start to need assistance, please contact us on 01446 700111.

  • Why am I being asked to separate my recycling? 

    Using separate containers for different materials is an important part of this change to your collections, and means that the recycling we collect is as free from contamination from other materials as possible, so it can eventually be made into something new.


    The new vehicles collecting your recycling will have different compartments for different materials, and our collection crews will place your recycling directly into the right compartments.


    But it would take too long (and cost too much) if they had to sort through recycling that was all mixed together. By separating out your own recycling and making sure it’s ready to be placed in the right compartment is a team effort between you the householder and us the council. 

  • What will happen if I accidently put something in the wrong container?   


    We’ll also give you a leaflet at the same time as we give you your new containers.


    It’s important that everything goes in the right place and recycling containers don’t contain materials that can’t be recycled, however we recognise that anyone can make a mistake.


    If you realise you’ve put something in the wrong container after your recycling has been collected, please don’t worry – just try and remember to get it right next time.


    But if you make a habit of it, don’t be surprised if you get a sticker on your recycling container telling you why we haven’t emptied it and reminding you to put those items in the correct containers next time. 

  • What happens to my recycling and black bag waste once its collected?   


    Dry recycling (cans, plastics, paper, card and glass) is sent to reprocessing facilities where it is prepared for recycling.


    The changes will help us use more outlets within the UK, rather than having to send the material to markets abroad for recycling.



    Food recycling is taken to an anaerobic digestion facility in Cardiff. The process produces renewable energy that is put back into the national grid to power homes and communities, and a compost type material that can be used to fertilize land.


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


    Black bag waste is taken to an Energy Recovery Facility where it is turned into energy.


For more information on the reasons for these changes please see the Changes to Recycling and Waste Collections Consultation page.