You may find that you have more items than will fit inside your recycling boxes, or 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 boxes, put out any excess in untied carrier bags (not black bin bags).

Leave bagged plastic bottles next to your recycling boxes.

Excess tins and cans

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

Leave bagged tins next to your recycling boxes.

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.

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.

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 for your household recycling if you're regularly producing more recycling than will fit in your containers.

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