During kerbside recycling collections we'll normally collect up to 3 recycling boxes of correctly sorted items:

You must separate your recycling into these types; see futher information about what happens to your recycling.

Excess items for recycling collections

Find out what to do if you have more items than fit inside each recycling box, such as:

Find out what to do with items which are not suitable for recycling at the kerbside.


Excess plastic bottles

If you have more plastic bottles than will fit into your recycling box, put out any excess in untied carrier bags (not black bin bags).

Leave bagged plastic bottles next to your recycling boxes.

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Excess tins and cans

If you have more tins than will fit into your recycling box, put out any excess in untied carrier bags (not black bin bags).

Leave bagged tins next to your recycling boxes.

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Excess paper and cardboard

If you have more paper and cardboard than will fit into your recycling box, we’ll take up to the equivalent of one extra boxful.

Extra paper and cardboard should be flattened and broken down into smaller pieces, then placed in a separate container next to your recycling boxes.

We cannot accept additional cardboard in plastic bags, as we cannot collect mixed cardboard and plastic.

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Excess glass

If you have more glass than will fit into your recycling box, we’ll take up to the equivalent of one extra boxful.

Place excess glass in a separate, sturdy container next to your recycling boxes.

We cannot accept excess glass in plastic bags, for safety reasons.

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Items which cannot be collected from the kerbside

You can use our household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) at Hazel Court HWRC and Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC to dispose of a range of items, such as:

  • excess recycling
  • large, unbroken boxes
  • larger quantities of glass

Some items aren’t suitable for recycling at the kerbside due to the way we carry out recycling in York, however, you can dispose of a range of items at local recycling banks.

Our recycle and reuse A to Z also explains how to recycle many common waste items.

Order additional waste containers

Order additional or replacement waste containers to store your household recycling if you're regularly producing more recycling than will fit in your containers.

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