Separated Recycling Collections

New collection arrangements came into place in the rural Vale in October 2019. 


Bank Holiday Collections

There are NO changes to waste and recycling days this bank holiday.

Please place at the kerbside before 7.00am on your normal collection day.

Recycling Bags and Containers

*Please only order if absolutely essential*

As council offices are currently closed due to Covid-19, residents can order replacement reusable recycling bags or containers for delivery. Simply complete our online order form to request. We will aim to deliver within 14 days. Deliveries are due to start on Monday 06 April. 

Order recycling containers


Residents in these areas now have four new containers for card, paper, glass, cans and plastic.


Food and garden waste collections 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: October 2019

  • Barry: Summer 2020

  • Penarth, Dinas Powys, Sully and surrounding areas: 2020/2021

October 2019 Separated Recycling Collections

Check if the changes affect you.


How to use your new containers

Orange Bag - Cardboard






  • Cardboard boxes*
  • Egg boxes
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Cereal boxes 
  • Toothpaste boxes
  • Brown paper
  • Tetra Paks


*please ensure that all cardboard is placed in the bag for recycling with the flap closed. This will help ensure cardboard is dry and of the correct size to be recycled in the new system. Large boxes that do not fit in the bag and cannot be broken down need to be recycled at our Household Waste and Recycling Centres

White Bag - Paper





  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Envelopes
  • Shredded paper
  • Wallpaper
  • Wrapping paper 
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Kitchen roll
  • 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 e.g.juice cartons
  • Food tins e.g. soup tins
  • Empty aerosols 
  • Foil 
  • Foil cartons 
  • Cleaning product bottles
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Plastic rigid containers e.g. punnet of strawberries or plastic muffin tray
  • Takeaway cartons e.g. chinese takeaway plastic boxes and lids 
  • 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
  • Soft plastic packaging e.g. fruit and vegetable bags
  • Hard plastics e.g. toys
  • Gas cannisters
  • Lighters
  • Plastic wrapping and packaging such as bags that goods are delivered in
  • Sleeve/film lids on yogurt pots
  • Bubble wrap
  • Bread bags
  • Any non rigid food coverings


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



For more information on items that can and cannot be recycled please check the recycling A-Z.


A to Z of Recycling


  • 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?   

    Like all local authorities in Wales, the Vale of Glamorgan must reach ambitious targets for recycling our waste.


    But recycling only really makes sense if the materials that get collected can be made into something else. This can only happen if the recycling is of high quality with low contamination - that is, that there’s no or minimal amounts of materials which can’t be recycled mixed in with the recycling and that the recycling is clean.


    By separating materials we can ensure that contamination stays as low as possible, and that more materials are recycled.


  • Will my collection day change? 

    Your collection day may change; you will have received 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 - including the blue bag, orange bag, white bag and grey caddy.


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


    If you have not received containers, please contact C1V:

    • 01446700111

  • 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 fertilise 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.

  • How do I apply for one of the multi-compartment (quad) bags?

    Older residents and single occupancy households may apply for a ‘quad bag’. These bags have four compartments and are designed for residents that don’t produce much waste and allow them to separate their recycling within just one bag.


    To apply for a quad bag, please contact us. 

    • 01446 700111

  • Can food waste caddies that are broken or no longer needed be recycled? 

    Yes, please place these in the ‘hard plastics’ skip at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

  • What’s the difference between 'hard', 'rigid' and soft plastics?  

    Hard plastics are items such as plastic chairs, children’s toys and Tupperware containers. These items can’t be collected at the kerbside but can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre to be recycled.


    Rigid plastics are items such as plastic drinks bottles, plastic milk bottles and pots, tubs and trays such as yoghurt and butter pots.  These can be recycled at the kerbside.


    Soft plastics are film items (such as cling film, bread bags, bubble wrap, cheese wrappings, biscuit and sweet wrappings) and carrier bags. We can’t recycle any of this material at the kerbside. Plastic carrier bags can be recycled at some supermarkets, but other items will need to go in your black bag(s).


    You can also use our A-Z on our website to see what you can and can’t recycle. 

  • How do I report a missed collection 

    Your recycling and black bags may be collected any time up until 9pm on your collection day.


    If these haven’t been collected by 10am the following day, please report using our online form. If you experience consecutive missed collections, please get in touch with C1V.

    • 01446 700111

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