Presentation and collection of domestic waste

  • All waste should be presented on the morning of collection prior to 8am
  • Food waste should only be presented in the 23 litre container provided by the Council
  • Recyclable materials should only be presented in clear plastic bags provided by the Council
  • Non-recyclable materials should only be presented in securely closed containers of reasonable durability such as black bin bags or waste bins.
  • Do not place glass bottles and jars in clear recycling bags. Take them to your local bottle bank or Household Waste Site
  • To avoid contamination, plastic bottles and cans should be washed and squashed before placement in clear recycling bags.
  • All reasonable amounts of waste in black bags will be collected if sufficient effort has been made to recycle as much waste as possible.

Food Waste:

All unpackaged food waste, whether cooked or uncooked, can go into your food waste caddy. This includes:-

  • All food waste (cooked or uncooked) or freezer contents
  • Any left-over food from plates
  • Any outdated food waste
  • Bread, pastries and confectionaries 
  • Dairy products
  • Fish (cooked and uncooked), bones and carcasses
  • ​Meat (cooked and uncooked), bones and carcasses
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Fruit and vegetables (whole and peelings)
  • Vegetable oil

Contact Ceredigion County Council for any food waste recycling questions. If you are new to the area, need to replace a missing or broken container or need an additional container as you have a large amount of food waste (e.g. large family) please contact us.

Food Caddies and Food Waste bins can be lined with kitchen roll or newspaper, or if you prefer you can use compostable liners. The compostable liners are available at numerous supermarkets or the Council sell compostable liners for both sizes of food bins which are available from Customer Service Centres – Local Offices or Tourist Information Centres.

  • The compostable liners for the kitchen caddy are £1.60 for a roll of 25 liners.
  • The compostable liners for the large food bin are £1.30 for a roll of 10 liners.

Clear recycling bag:

All dry recyclable materials must be placed loose into the bag. Do not place separately bagged items into your clear recycling bag. Recycling Bags are available from Customer Service Centres - Local Offices and some local shops and post offices. Please see our interactive mapping tool for more details.


Items that can be put in your clear recycling bag:

  • Paper – all types including newspapers, magazines, directories, writing paper, junk mail, etc
  • Cardboard – Cartons, boxes and packets.
  • Tetra Paks - Juice and Milk Waxed Cartons
  • Food tins, drinks cans, pet food tins, aerosols and aluminium foil
  • Plastics (see below for a list of what is and isn't accepted)

Plastics that are accepted:

  • Fizzy drinks bottles and oven-ready meal trays
  • Bottles for milk and washing-up liquids
  • Food trays, cling film, bottles for squash, mineral water and shampoo
  • Carrier bags and bin liners
  • Margarine tubs, microwavable meal trays
  • Yoghurt pots, foam meat or fish trays, hamburger boxes and egg cartons, vending cups, plastic cutlery, protective packaging for electronic goods and toys

Please wash out all items that have been used as packaging for food or drink.


Please note, the following items should not be put in your clear recycling bag:

  • Do not place glass bottles and jars in clear recycling bags. Take them to your nearest bottle bank or Household Waste Site.
  • Any other plastics that do not fall into any of the above categories - An example is melamine, which is often used in plastic plates and cups.
  • Crisp Packets
  • Disposable Nappies
  • CDs

As most waste items are now recyclable, there should be very few items left to dispose of in your non-recyclable waste bag. Examples may include disposable nappies, vacuum cleaner contents, coal ash (that has been allowed to cool) and crisp packets.

More information on how to dispose of particular items can be found on our A-Z of Waste.

Assisted Waste Collection Arrangements

An assisted waste collection will be made available to residents in Ceredigion where:

  • The applicant is genuinely incapacitated or disabled, either temporarily or permanently
  • There is no other able-bodied person living in the same property
  • No family member, neighbour or carer is available to help move the rubbish to the edge of the property
  • The applicant can provide proof of incapacity or disability if requested to do so. This could be in the form of a letter from a medical or care professional
  • Agreement can be reached on a collection point that does not compromise the health and safety of the waste collectors

An Assisted Collection means the refuse collectors take your waste containers from the specified point on your property for emptying and return. Refuse collectors will not be permitted to enter buildings (eg. garages, sheds) to move and return containers. All gates must be unlocked and any obstructions cleared on collection day.

Assisted Collections will not be provided purely on the basis of a long driveway, the distance to a property boundary, or absences from the property on collection days.

Customers in receipt of the service are required to immediately inform the Council when circumstances change. Customers who currently receive an Assisted Collection will continue to do so, but we will review their arrangements every two years to make sure they are still necessary.

If you believe you meet the above criteria, please complete the Assisted Waste Collection Request Form. On receipt of your application we will contact you to make arrangements for a member of staff to visit your property to undertake a risk and eligibility assessment. You will be contacted to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.