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What and when we collect - student recycling and waste

Find out what you can put out on the kerbside and when it will be picked up.

What do we collect?

Most of the waste you create at home can be recycled by using the appropriate bag or bin. Download our  student recycling guide (PDF) [1MB] for all the information you need to make the most of this service. 

Green bag collection - for paper and cardboard (together) in one bag and metal and glass (together) in another.

Pink bag collection - for plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays.

Food waste collection - for ALL food waste including, plate scrapings, cooked and uncooked food, meat, bones, tea bags, out of date food and more.

Black bag collection - for non-recyclable waste only; including soft plastic wrappers, bags and film, crisp packets, tissues, paper towels and polystyrene.

We will collect a maximum of 3 black bags from each property per fortnight so it's important you recycle all accepted items to keep to this limit. If you live in large a household eg over 6, and are finding it difficult to keep to this limit due to the amount of waste produced then you can contact us to enquire about getting an exemption which will allow you to place out extra bags.

Do not place any food waste into your black bags. This will cause your bags to smell and attract pests like seagulls that will tear them open causing a mess on your street - not a great way to impress the neighbours!

Collection days

In Swansea collections are split into green and pink/black weeks with different bags collected on a fortnightly basis. Food waste is collected weekly.

If you live in a flat which has large wheeled bins for your recycling and black bags then you don't need to worry about the collection days.

If you live in Brynmill, Uplands, Mount Pleasant or Sandfields your collection day is Wednesday. You can find a collection schedule for your area in our student recycling guide (PDF) [1MB].

If you live in a different area use our recycling and rubbish collections search to find out when your collections are and download a collection schedule.

Place bags and bins out on the kerbside in front of your property after 7.00pm the evening before your collection day so they're ready for our crews to collect from 6.00am the following morning.

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