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Living in Cardiff

With over 28,000 students attending Cardiff University, we make up a fairly big segment of the population here in Cardiff. Whether you're living in halls of residence or private rented accomodation, you're part of the Cardiff community!

For advice on living in the city, from accomodation and safety, to what days your bin bags will be collected, visit cardiffdigs.co.uk.

Waste Collection

As you may be aware, Cardiff Council initiated changes to their waste and recycling system this week. Changes affect the whole city however we have outlined the changes below that will affect any student properties in the area. We all have a responsibility to recycle as much as we can.

  • 240L black wheeled bins will be exchanged for 140L black wheeled bins. This exchange programme will start city wide from September. Extra side waste will not be collected. Additional/larger bins will be left where we know there are houses of multiple occupancy. There will be a £25 charge for replacement wheeled bins, so please remind students not to leave bins on the highway outside of the collection window. Residents can use any bags (apart from green bags and caddy liners) in their black bins.

  • Red striped waste bags are being delivered to properties who previously put out black general waste bags. Tenants can no longer put out black bags for their general waste and should put non-recyclable general waste in red striped bags. Tenants have been provided with enough bags to put out 3 bags a fortnight. Deliveries of bags will take place every six months. Additional bags will be provided where we know there are houses of multiple occupancy.  Information on the new bag service is attached.

  • Properties that accommodate more than 6 or more tenants can request extra red striped bags for general waste. Tenants will only receive the extra bags once a home assessment has taken place to make sure they are recycling all that they can. A home assessment can be requested by calling C2C on 02920 872087 or email c2c@cardiff.gov.uk .  

  • Recycling and food waste collections remain unchanged.

When is my waste collected?

Properties in Plasnewydd (Roath) will have an alternative bin collection week to Cathays and Gabalfa (e.g. when general waste is collected in Cathays and Gabalfa, garden waste will be collected in Plasnewydd (Roath) and vice versa). The collection day will stay the same – Wednesday. View the city wide calendar.

Need more bags? 

Please ensure you are making use of the recycling facilities available, including green recycling bags and food waste caddies. Recycling bags and food waste liners are available from Cardiff University Students’ Union reception, Council leisure centres & libraries, and online or over the phone via C2C. Waste Enforcement officers are present in the area and will take enforcement action against tenants who do not adhere to the waste and recycling system.

If you have any queries, visit cardiffdigs.co.uk, or contact the Waste Management team via C2C on 02920 872087 or c2c@cardiff.gov.uk.

Keeping your home safe

Cardiff is a safe city but student rented accommodation may still become vulnerable to possible criminals. The short film below has been created by South Wales Police and Cardiff Council to highlight what can be done to make your term-time homes more secure.