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Pink bag collection

You can use pink bags for plastics. We will collect them on your pink week.

Pink recycling bag.
Most households in Swansea now have reusable pink bags to use for their plastic recycling collection. A small number of streets are still required to use the single-use pink plastic bags due to the type of vehicle used to service them.

The plastics from each of these bags are collected by different vehicles and processed separately so it's important to only use the bags you have been given and instructed to or your plastic may not be collected.

To ensure your bags are collected for recycling:

What to put in the bags

Yes please

You can put all the following items together in your reusable pink bag:

  • plastic bottles including water bottles, milk bottles, cola bottles, shampoo bottles, etc
  • clean plastic food trays
  • loose plastic bottle tops and caps
  • plastic margarine/ice cream tubs
  • plastic yoghurt pots
  • empty toothpaste tubes (lid on)

No thank you

Do not put any of the following items in your reusable pink bags:

  • plastic bags and carrier bags
  • bubble wrap
  • cling film
  • crisp packets and chocolate wrappers with metallised plastic (shiny) insides
  • dirty items 
  • electrical items
  • film lids (such as from microwave meals)
  • flower pots
  • large items (such as garden furniture)
  • plastic toys
  • very hard plastic items eg laundry baskets and washing up bowls 
  • polystyrene

Even though these items can't be collected at kerbside, they may be able to be recycled at one of our recycling centres or somewhere else: Other places to recycle

Soft plastic

Soft plastic items such as carrier bags and film are not accepted in your pink kerbside bag. If they go in any bag from home it must be the black bag. 

Certain soft plastic items including carrier bags, bread bags, freezer bags, crisp packets and plastic wrapping can however be recycled if taken to the dedicated banks at large supermarkets.

Other places to recycle