Separated Recycling

Recycling collections in the Vale of Glamorgan are changing, the changes are being phased in.


Collections: Weekly


When the changes come to your area, you will receive three new containers:

  • Orange bag for cardboard

  • White bag for paper
  • Grey caddy for glass bottles and jars


You will also need to continue using some of your existing recycling containers:

  • Blue bag for plastic, cans, empty aerosols, foil and fruit and drink cartons

  • Green caddy for food waste

  • Green bag for garden waste 



When will the changes be introduced?

  • Rural Vale: October 2019

  • Barry: 19 October 2020

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

Latest Updates 

September 2020: Over the next few weeks, we will be starting to deliver the new recycling containers in Barry, and a leaflet explaining how to use them.


You will need to start using your new containers and separating your recycling from Monday 19 October 2020. 


Orange Bag - Cardboard

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Cereal boxes 
  • Toothpaste boxes
  • Brown paper
  • Food and drink cartons such as Tetra Pak

Please note: All cardboard should be folded or broken down to fit in your orange recycling bag with the lid 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 food and drink cartons

  • Shampoo/conditioner bottles
  • Milk bottles 
  • Drinks cans
  • Drinks bottles
  • Food and drink cartons e.g. Tetra Paks
  • 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


  • Why is it changing?   

    This 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.


    The experience of other local authorities in Wales shows us the best way to increase both the quantity of waste being recycled and the quality of this recycling, is by using separate containers for the different types of materials in your waste, such as cardboard, paper, glass, etc. It means the recycling we collect from your home is as free from contamination by other materials as possible, so it can eventually be made into something new.


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

  • Will I receive new containers?

    We will be providing you with new containers, which will be delivered in time for the launch of the new service in your area.


    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.


    Please use your existing blue bag for your plastics, cans, and food and drink cartons (such as Tetra Pak)


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


  • What can I do with my old containers?

    You may continue to use your existing blue bag to recycle additional plastics, cans, and food and drink cartons (such as Tetra Pak), and your existing green box to recycle any additional glass.

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

    If you place something in the wrong container your recycling may not be collected.

    If this happens, the crews will place a sticker on your container.


    If you're unsure of where to place certain items, please check our A-Z which lists specific items and where they should be placed.


    A to Z of Recycling

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



      Separated dry recycling collected will be taken to our recycling processing facility in Cowbridge, each compartment is emptied into their corresponding bays ready to be processed separately e.g. card bay, paper bay

    • 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 in Cardiff, where it’s used as a fuel to produce energy that’s put back into the national grid.


  • What if I live in a flat or apartment?

    These changes currently exclude flats and apartments. These will remain on a co-mingled collection as they can only be serviced using wheeled bins in communal areas at present.


    These will be subject to alternative trials at a later date.


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