Recycling and waste changes: Introducing the Trolibocs

The most reliable method to achieve high-quality recycling is to ensure materials like paper and glass are collected separately at the kerbside.

To do this efficiently, we are introducing the Trolibocs - a system of stackable boxes for households to present their of recyclables every week.

The Trolibocs will be available to all households on the standard (wheelie bin) service in 2024.


A new approach to recycling

We are introducing the Trolibocs separated recycling system so that we can improve the quality of the recycling that we collect. Separating your recyclable materials for collection will help us achieve this and will also mean that more recyclable materials will remain within the UK to be recycled as new products. Recycling more and reducing waste is better for our environment, reducing our carbon emissions and helping to prevent climate change.

As part of Welsh Government's 'Beyond Recycling' Strategy (external website), we are expected to recycle 70% of the waste we collect by 2025.

A stackable system

The Trolibocs Box system comprises of 3 stackable boxes:

  • A top box with a blue lid for collecting paper.
  • A middle box with a red flap for collecting cans and mixed plastic.
  • A bottom box with a green flap for collecting glass bottles and jars.

(top box with blue lid)

Trolley Box

Clean paper including:

  • Letters
  • Envelopes
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Printed paper

(middle box with red flap)

Trolley Box (Middle)

Mixed metals, plastics and cartons, including:

  • Metal cans, tins, empty aerosols and clean foil
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Food and drink cartons, such as Tetra Pak
  • Metal lids from glass bottles and jars

(bottom box with green flap)

Trolley Box (Bottom)

Glass bottles and jars (no tops or lids).

What do I do with cardboard?

Households on the standard (wheelie bin) service will also receive a blue re-usable sack for cardboard recycling. Find out more about what goes where.

Blue reusable bag

Hessian Sack (Light Blue)

Cardboard, including:

  • Cardboard
  • Cardboard sleeves for food packaging (ready-meals and multipacks)
  • Egg boxes
  • Toilet / kitchen roll tubes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Greeting cards (without badges, bows, foil, glitter or ribbons)

Small electrical items

As part of your new kerbside collection service, we will also collect your small electrical items (such as toasters and electric shavers) every week. Please place your small electrical items loosely on top of your Trolibocs for collection (or loosely on top of one of your reusable bags for households on the bag service).

Find out more about our small electrical items collections service.