1 – Bin days in Cathays
2 – Cardiff Council Pink Sticker Initiative
3 – Look after your own street
4 – Binfo App
5 – Cardiff Reuse Project
6 – Join (or start) a Keep Cathays Tidy SHAPES
7 – Flytipping and reporting it
8 – Discarded trolleys
9 – Flytipping and reporting it

June & July 2020 – Bins back to usual cycle (no regular Garden waste collection at present)

1 – Bin Days in Cathays

The correct bins days are listed for Sept 2019 – August 2020

Many of you have spare rolls of Red-&-Cream waste bags, please share out a few spare ones to your nearby neighbours. 1,500+ families – by giving these to our new students and young professionals, it goes a long way to prove what a caring and sharing community you have made our community in recent years!


2 – Cardiff Council Pink Sticker Initiative

The main culprits in the waste is food in wrong bags, textiles in wrong bags (send them to charity shop!) and nappies (not going in proper yellow bags for separate collection) ……… for many people mixing up waste in the wrong bags will result in the 5 stage process of the pink stickers. Once you are on sticker 5 you will be fined – so check here to see what to do !! Please do learn the process and understand it!

If you click on the sticker or link below it will take you to the Cardiff Council ABC of all waste products – AND WHERE TO PUT THEM IN WHICH CORRECT BAGS !!!!

If you’ve received a pink sticker on your green recycling bag, there’s something in there that shouldn’t be.

Check if you’ve placed food, textiles or nappies in there by mistake or take a look at our Recycling A-Z for advice: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Rubbish-and-recycling/A-Z-of-recycling/Pages/default.aspx #seepinkstopandthink

Use the education – think of your environmental and social impact – think how to improve your waste minimisation activities – and do not get fined !!!


3 – Look after your own street

With a marked increase in the amount of families moving into Cathays since the 2010’s – more people wish to ensure the area is cleaner for their children and neighbours. Many of you lead by example by cleaning up just outside your own houses, making sure nearby green spaces are litter free and even doing a bit of community wildflower planting.

Your neighbours observe your activities and they follow suit by doing mini clean up’s of just their own front of house and immediate nearby houses.

One example (aside from litter picking your own space outside your home/office) is there is simple steps like flushing out your kitchen and kerbside caddies with hot soapy water that will help reduce smells and attract unwanted attention from vermin. In this video a resident washes out the kerbside caddies for the families, professionals and students on the street.

Many of you lead by example!



4 – Binfo – the Council App

LINK: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.gov.cardiff.CardiffGov.Android&hl=en

Please do share with your neighbours across Cathays & wider Cardiff! The BINFO APP is designed to help you check your bin days on your street, report fly tipping (upload pictures etc as evidence) – and much else besides. Download it and see what you can do it. All the evidence gathered by the council on the BINFO will help to highlight trouble spots or areas of interest and good practice.

Additionally you can check:
  1. Check your Council Tax account.
  2. Sign up for Council Tax e-bills and notifications.
  3. Report a street cleansing problem such as littering or dog fouling.
  4. Report fly tipping straight from the scene.
  5. Report a problem on the road or pavement.
Please share the link via the below options:
The Cardiff Gov App is here to help you – and all the communities across Cathays and wider Cardiff!!



5 – Cardiff Reuse Project

Please give your unwanted (yet in good condition and usable) household items – lounge furniture, a television, an office chair, a coffee table to the ‘Cardiff Reuse Project’; together this project believes all of us can:

Reduce / Recycle / Reuse / Regift / Relove (Cardiff Reuse Project slogan)

This group is for people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in Cardiff. It’s all about reusing and keeping good stuff out of landfills.

When posting, please indicate which area of Cardiff (CF11 6 or Grangetown etc.) or your town if not in Cardiff. Items listed should not be for sale, nor should they be sold on elsewhere.

Help yourself, help your neighbours, help the City – help the planet !!

Members found to be breaking these rules (set out by Cardiff Reuse Project) will be removed from the group.

Donation to charity welcomed.

Social Media: The Facebook link for Cardiff Resuse Project.


6 – Join (or start) with one or more ‘Keep Cathays Tidy: SHAPES’

Keep Cathays Tidy volunteers undertake a once a month large litter pick (please check the KCT Facebook and KCT Twitter pages for updates of upcoming events)

The KCT: Keep Cathays Tidy SHAPES on the KCT website (organised by the residents of Cathays) highlights the various existing efforts by many families and faith groups taking responsibility for cleaning up their own little patches. You may live in these areas and have peace of mind knowing your neighbours are trying to do their bit in your locale of Cathays.

If you wish to create a KCT shape yourself – you are most welcome to get in touch with the Keep Cathays Tidy volunteer body via the social media on the KCT Facebook and KCT Twitter pages.

If everyone just does there bit, and be aware others across Cathays (and UK) are doing their bit to clean up the districts – we can all make a significant positive change together.




7 – Fly-tipping in Cathays and reporting it

No-one likes finding a load of fly tipped unnecessary rubbish dumped in your alleyway, green space or road side.

The council stance is:

“Fly-tipping is the illegal act of dumping items next to a road​, in fields, in rivers, or private land without permission. You could be fined up to £50,000 if you commit a fly-tipping offence. Items might include:
  • electrical goods, 
  • furniture, 
  • building waste, 
  • chemicals, 
  • household or commercial waste. 
We adopt a zero tolerance approach to anyone caught fly tipping. Our waste enforcement team investigates all reports of fly-tipping to try and identify those responsible.”



 1 – Clean it up yourself (surprisingly some families are working in unison where they clear up significant blight spot together!

 2 – Report on the Council BinFo App

 3 – Council link: https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Rubbish-and-recycling/waste-education-and-enforcement/fly-tipping/Pages/default.aspx

Please do not use the ‘let someone else deal with it’ = the more people that report, the more data is built up so the council (and Police) and the residents can figure out who is dumping, what levels or cycles they are doing it at. The more of you that place personal surveillance up on your own houses & gardens (and alleyways) will help a lot to gain evidence of the scrupulous and law breaking fly tippers!!


8 – Discarded Trolleys

The trepidation of trolleys (regardless of what shop they come from) found littered all around town is a horrible sight – real example of irresponsibility and laziness too!

Categorically – trolleys can NOT be taken by Council recycling centres NOR metal merchants – IT IS ILLEGAL – it is on the Shopping Franchises to recover their trolleys – via ‘Trolleywise’ which was set up to reduce this social blight and environmental burden!

Call Trolleywise on 01926 455 378

Call ‘Trolleywise’ – please tell them:

  • Location – i.e. POSTCODE 
  • Shop Brand of trolley – is Aldi / Lidl / Sainsbury’s etc.

There is a Trolleywise App which you can download on: https://play.google.com/store/apps/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Trolleywise


9 – Bin Days in Cathays