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Food waste and textiles - Keep it out

We are urging residents to recycle their food waste and textiles rather than putting them in their black bags. It will help you to reduce the amount of black bags you use and increase the amount we can recycle.

Keep it out - food wasteKeep it out - recycle ALL your food waste

A recent survey found that more than a quarter of black bag waste in Swansea was food.

Why should you keep food waste out of black bags?

  • This causes bags to smell which encourages animals to tear them open creating a mess on your street.
  • This waste is buried underground in landfill sites where it rots and releases harmful greenhouse gasses.

Swansea Council collects food waste every week in the green caddies provided

  • Recycling food waste helps us meet Welsh Government targets and avoid costly fines that could affect important services.
  • The lockable caddy keeps smells in and animals out. The free food bags keep the bin clean and tidy.

It's so easy to recycle your food waste

  1. Place a food bag into your kitchen caddy and empty all food waste inside, excluding any packaging.
  2. When the bag is full tie it closed and transfer it to the large kerbside caddy kept outside.
  3. Keep the handle in the locked positions and place caddy out for collection every week on your collection day.

Food bin diagram

Read More about Food waste collection

Keep it out - textilesKeep it out - recycle ALL your textiles

Many household textiles such as clothes and bedding in Swansea are being thrown away in black bags. These materials are very valuable and shouldn't be sent to landfill. There are many ways in which they can be reused or recycled.

Reuse by donating or selling

If you have old textiles in good condition consider donating them to a charity organisation such as those with shops on the high street or selling them online or at a car boot sale.


If they're not suitable for reuse then they can be placed in clothing and shoe banks in any Household Waste Recycling Centre, bring sites and many supermarket car parks.

What happens to recycled textiles?

Clothes and textiles that aren't suitable for reuse can be made into new items, such as padding for chairs and car seats, cleaning cloths and industrial blankets.

Read More about How to reduce, reuse and recycle your rubbish

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