Rubbish, recycling and unwanted belongings at the end of your tenancy

Our tenants must ensure they leave nothing behind when they vacate their property; whether that be outside or inside, including in cupboards. We will have to charge your deposit for removing any rubbish and unwanted belongings you leave behind.

It is extremely expensive for removal companies to dispose of these items because businesses are unable to use local Waste and Recycling centres free of charge, so it is within your own interests to ensure everything is gone before we attend for our check-out inspection.

Leaving bags in the forecourt/garden of the property will not suffice as nobody will then place them on the street ahead of normal collection day. The Council will not enter forecourts/gardens to collect and you cannot return to put bins/bags out on the street.

The scale of charges to remove your rubbish/unwanted items will be as follows;

  • Up to 4 bags: £55
  • 5-7 bags: £85
  • 8-11 bags: £110
  • 12-15 bags: £140
  • 16+ bags: At least £165

Please note that these charges are subject to change, and bulkier items will incur additional charges.

There's a common misconception that leaving household items (bedding, kitchenware, small furniture, cleaning products etc) is acceptable, but we do ask that all of these items are removed. Please make sure you check all rooms and storage areas, including under-stairs cupboards, under sinks and any outhouses/sheds. Anything that’s not listed on your inventory or been supplied by your landlord since you moved in needs to be removed.

In order to avoid the above charges, there are several things you can do;

Have it collected as normal

Please ensure you have bagged your rubbish correctly and put it out for collection on the right date. For Cathays, collections are typically made on Wednesdays. Please pay attention to what is collected and when during the month of June;

  • Weds 5th June 2019: Recycling, food waste and general waste
  • Weds 12th June 2019: Recycling, food waste and garden waste
  • Weds 19th June 2019: Recycling, food waste and general waste
  • Weds 26th June 2019: Recycling, food waste and garden waste

If you have a wheelie bin, general waste should be bagged in black bin bags and placed in your wheelie bin ready for collection. If you don't have one, you'll need to bag your general waste in red-striped waste bags provided by the Council and put them out on your collection day.

If you need to order more general waste bags or food caddy liners, you can do so online at

To check your waste collection days, please visit the Council’s website.

Pay the Council to take it away

Alternatively, Cardiff Council run a chargeable collection service for 10 or more bin bags of rubbish. You can call them on 02920 872087 to arrange a collection. The cost is £1.85 per bag and this will be payable on booking. CPS Homes will not be using this facility to remove your rubbish.

Use the 'Get It Out for Cardiff' scheme

Cardiff Council are also running a 'Get It Out for Cardiff' scheme for unwanted items to be recycled. Exact dates are set to be announced by Cardiff Council in the next few weeks but, as with previous years, Green Zones will be set up at halls of residences and Student Unions across the city for you to donate unwanted clothing, food (tins, packets, jars etc), small electrical items, books, CDs, DVDs, and kitchen items (plates, mugs, utensils, pans etc).

You can also donate clothes, shoes, bags, textiles, small electrical items, books, CDs and DVDs to your closest YMCA bank – these are open all year round.

More information on 'Get it Out for Cardiff' can be found here.

Take it to the tip

If you're not able to donate items or put your rubbish out for collection, there are a couple of local Waste and Recycling Centres you can take them to;

  • Bessemer Close, Cardiff, CF11 8XH. Open Mon-Sun 7:30am-6:30pm
  • Lamby Way, Rumney, Cardiff, CF3 2HP. Open Mon-Sun 7:30am-6:30pm

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