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Recycling collections for flats

All the kerbside recycling services are available to all residents in flats across Swansea.

The way we collect recycling from flats is different from the way we collect from other households because most flats have communal bin store rooms or bin compounds.


Pink and green bags

Recycling bank

These banks are usually found outside high rise tower blocks. The bank is split into three sections, one for plastics, one for glass bottles and jars and one for metal cans.

If you have one outside your block, please use it whenever you need to, putting individual items into the different sections. We will empty the bank when it is full.

Top tip: Why not collect all your recyclables in a reusable bag? Once it is full take it down to the bank, and put the individual items into the correct section. This will help you save space in your kitchen, rather than having lots of different containers. If you would like a bag call us on 01792 635600.

Recycling bins

Your flat block may have recycling bins in your bin store, or somewhere else on site such as the car park.

You can use green bags for paper/card and glass/cans and put them into the green bin. You can use pink bags for plastics and put them in the pink bin. You can put your recycling bags into the bins at any time. We will empty the bins every fortnight.

Make sure you use the bags correctly put the correct bag in the correct bins. Under no circumstances should black bags be put in either green or pink bins. If the bins are not used correctly the materials in them will not be collected.

Loose bags in the bin store

In some blocks of the flats there is not enough space in the bin store room or bin compound in order for us to provide bins for your recycling bins. In these circumstances you can store your recycling bags loose in the bin store room or bin compound.

You can use  green bags for paper/card and glass/cans and pink bags for plastics. You can put your recycling bags into the bin store room or bin compound at any time. We will collect the bags every fortnight. Please try to keep the green bags separate from the pink bags.

Any recycling bags that contain the incorrect materials will not be collected.

Loose bags on the kerbside

Some flats do not have a bin store, which makes is extremely difficult to provide bins, or an area for storage of bags.

In this case, residents can still recycle by using the recycling bags and putting them out onto the kerbside on the correct collection day.


Food waste

Communal food bin

Each flat is provided with a handy caddy and a free liners to keep in the kitchen. This can then be emptied into the communal food bin whenever you want. We will empty this bin every week.

Individual food bin

Each flat is provided with a handy caddy and a free liners to keep in the kitchen. This can then be emptied into the larger individual food bin. This can either be stored in the bin store, or put out onto the kerbside for collection every week.

Please ask your management company which option they adopt in your complex. 


  • Once your caddy is full, put the waste into the food waste collection bin, ready for collection
  • It is ok to wrap food waste in kitchen towels or newspaper
  • Do not use plastic carrier bags to line your caddy

Find out where you can get more caddy liners. Alternatively ask your caretaker as they may have a supply for the flat complex.