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Waste and recycling

Christmas foil competition

Recent changes to recycling processes in York, mean we're now able to collect aluminium foil at the kerbside. To celebrate this change, we're working with Alupro, running a Christmas competition for York's primary school students to highlight the importance of recycling foil.

This competition has now closed.

The winning entries will be announced in February 2023.

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Get involved with the festive foil competition

Children took part in the foil competition through their school - read the Christmas foil competition terms and conditions and the Christmas foil competition privacy notice.

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The competition closed on Tuesday 31 January 2023; winning posters will be announced in February 2023.

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Christmas foil competition winners and prizes

The winning student will receive prizes worth £50.00, and their school will receive £500.00 in vouchers to spend on sustainable supplies and activities. There will be similar prizes available to runners-up, in second and third place.

We'll display copies of the winning and runner-up artwork here, on our website.

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Celebrating recycling this Christmas

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City of York Council’s Executive Member for Climate Change, Councillor Paula Widdowson, said:

It is wonderful to see local school children being given the chance to learn more about recycling this Christmas.

"Our long-term vision is to create a cleaner, greener city and this competition to raise awareness of recycling at the kerbside is just the latest step in our work to expand and improve recycling and waste services across York."

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Ongoing recycling at the kerbside

Until now a charity has supported foil recycling across the city. However, the Snappy service is coming to an end. As such, we've put plans in place to collect foil, and taken the opportunity to review and increase the amount of the materials we accept in recycle at the kerbside, making it easier for residents to recycle even more.

To test if your foil is aluminium and can be recycled at the kerbside, scrunch it in your hand, if it stays scrunched it is aluminium.

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