Black bin bags are back (and it’s buy your own)

Red striped bags discontinued as Cardiff Council makes changes to bagged general waste collections

​​​​If you live in a bag area, Cardiff Council is changing the way people put out general waste for collection. If you use red striped bags, once you have finished your supply you will need to use black bags, and you will need to buy them yourselves.

​​According to the announcement on Cardiff Council’s website, and in a letter to residents, this is based on feedback that red striped bags can be difficult to use and can be difficult to get hold of, particularly if you live in a shared household, or have just moved into a property.

The changes will also save £50,000 which will be used to expand recycling services across the city.

From 1 July​, you can put out up to 3 black bags on your general waste collection date.

If you still have red striped bags at your property, you can use these. Then move to black bags when they have run out.

Cardiff Council will no longer deliver red striped bags. You will need to buy your own black bags to use. These must be a standard size bag (around 60 litres).

Properties using black wheelie bins will not be affected by this change.

Do not use carrier bags, or any other coloured bag.

Your black bags should be put outside your own property for collection. 

Incorrect use of green recycling bags may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued.

Putting out more than 3 bags

Most households can only put out 3 bags per collection.

You must not put out any more than 3 bags per collection, unless you have spoken with our team and they have approved additional bags.

The letter sent to you by the council will let you know how many bags you can put out. Collection crews will know if you have been approved to put out more than 3 bags.

Living in a Household of Multiple Occupation (HMO) or house converted into flats

Collection crews will know if your property is a registered HMO, or if your house has been converted into flats. Our collection crews will know to collect more than 3 bags from outside your property.​​​