City of York Council
Recycling, rubbish and waste

Household waste

Household waste collections

All households have an alternate week collection of rubbish and recycling.  This means that we will collect your recycling one week and your rubbish the next week. 

Please use the online collection calendar to find out what type of waste collections we provide at your property and download a calendar.  This will also tell you where to put your containers for collection.

Find out more about recycling collections

Find out more about garden waste collections

How much rubbish can I put out?

We will collect:

  • one wheeled bin full of rubbish, with the lid shut, is emptied per property.  No extra bags or boxes will be taken
  • for households with bag collections of rubbish we will take 3 bags per property.  We do not provide free refuse sacks

Need a replacement container?

Please contact us if you need a replacement wheeled bin or recycling box/lid. Replacement containers are now chargeable (lid and nets are free). For details of these charges please see our container guidance.   We do not provide refuse sacks.

Bank Holiday collections

There are no changes to collections on Bank Holidays during 2015.  Christmas and New Year collection changes will be advertised nearer the time. How much rubbish can I put out for collection?

My rubbish bin wasn't emptied today what can I do?

Check your bin did not contain items that made it too heavy to lift up onto the vehicle. If your bin did not contain anything heavy, and was put out to the edge of your property at or before 7am please contact us and report your missed bin.  Once your missed bin is logged we will empty it by the end of the next working day. 

I need help with collections

Please contact us if you need help putting out your rubbish, garden waste or recycling collections. Residents who have difficulties moving recycling boxes or wheeled bins, due to reasons of age and disability, should get in touch with us to see if they are eligible for an assisted collection.

To apply for an assisted collection service please contact us to request the application form.

Do It OnlineRequest an assisted collection service

Clinical waste and medical waste

We offer a free collection to householders who need to dispose of any clinical waste from treatments at home e.g. sharps (needles) or yellow bagged waste.  Please contact us to arrange a one-off or a regular collection. Please note that we do not provide replacement empty sharps boxes, you will need to request this from your health care provider.

We can help you to dispose of other medical waste, for example dressing and packaging, which may not fit in your bin.  Please contact us to discuss how we can help you.

Do It OnlineRequest a clinical/medical waste collection

York Customer Centre (environmental services)


Telephone: 01904 551551

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Recycling team


Telephone: 01904 551551

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Refuse & recycling collection lookup

Enter your post code to find out when and where your grey waste, green waste and kerbside recycling collections will take place.

Refuse & recycling collection lookup

Request the removal of large items

You can request the removal of bulky household items

Request the removal of large items

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