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  • Any outdated food waste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.

The Council now provides plastic food waste liners FREE OF CHARGE. Please use the liners provided by the Council to line your kitchen caddy. Please do not use any other type of plastic bags as the liners provided have been approved for use by the food waste treatment facility. The plastic liners are removed from the food waste treatment facility and sent to an Energy from Waste plant where the liners are treated in order to produce heat and electricity.

The plastic food waste liners are available from Customer Service Centres – Local Offices, Council Libraries, Tourist Information Centres. The plastic food waste liners are also available from numerous outlets which stock clear recycling bags, click here for a full list.

Plastic liners for the large food bin are £1.40 for a roll of 25 liners and are available from Customer Service Centres – Local Offices or Tourist Information Centres.

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 or click here 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

How do you recycle glass?

The answer is clear (and blue, green, brown…)

Our glass collection service makes recycling your glass bottles and jars easy.

The box provided will hold a significant amount of glass, big enough to service those one off occasions yet simple enough to use every day.

Just place your bottles and jars in the box and put it out for collection on your BLACK BAG DAY and we will collect it for recycling.

What CAN I put in the box?

Empty glass bottles and jars of all colours, shapes and sizes. There is no need to remove labels, lids, corks or bottle tops.

What CAN’T I put in the box?

Any type of glass that is not a bottle or jar i.e. Pyrex containers, drinking glasses, spectacles, window glass, glass ornaments, glass chopping boards or light bulbs.

Why can’t these items be included?

These items melt at a different temperature to glass bottles and jars. If they get mixed up and collected, they will contaminate the load making it useless and unable to be recycled.

How can I dispose of the items that can’t go in my box, without them being sent to landfill?

They can be taken to your closest Household Waste Site and disposed of in special containers. Alternatively, most of these items can be donated to your local charity shop providing they are in good condition and spectacles can be taken into most opticians.

Where can I keep my box?

The drain holes in the box are raised to retain liquid and prevent soiling to floors, should you keep your box indoors. However if you keep your box outside, the holes will allow the controlled release of rainwater.

Important notice

Please only put the items listed in your box for collection.

If the wrong items are collected and mixed into the load it will not be able to be recycled.

Any items that are not suitable for kerbside collection will be left in the box for you to re-sort and dispose of correctly.

Top tips for recycling your glass

  • Use your glass recycling box on a three weekly basis. Bulking up on glass makes the box heavier and more difficult to handle.
  • Please empty and rinse the bottles and jars to remove any residue.
  • Place the bottles and jars loose inside the box.
  • Please do not fill your glass recycling box above the rim. Overfilling the box increases the chances of breakages and injury. If you need more than one box please contact the Council.
  • There is no need to remove labels, lids, corks or bottle tops.
  • There is no need to separate your glass according to colour.

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 incapacitated or disabled, either temporarily or permanently
  • There is no one else residing in the property who could offer assistance
  • 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. The Assisted Waste Collections Request Forms is available in alternative formats on request by contacting us. 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.

Clear Recycling Bags

The clear recycling bags are taken down to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at CWM Environmental near Nantycaws. At the MRF all of the recycling is sorted by material before being sent off for processing. Where the material is sent for recycling very much depends on the type of waste it is and on market value at that specific time.

The video below show the processes at the MRF.

For more information visit CWM Environmental’s website:

Food Waste

The food waste is taken to an Anaerobic Digester at Agrivert in Stormy Down near Bridgend. The food waste is treated and the end products are a bio gas which generates electricity, and a slurry type fertiliser. In a year enough electricity is produced from Ceredigion’s food waste to power about 300 homes. The fertiliser distributed onto agricultural land.

The video below show the anaerobic digestion process.

For more information visit Agrivert’s website -