Some households in York have fortnightly garden waste collections.
If you are unsure whether your property is eligible for garden waste collections, use our online waste collection calendar to check:
- the types of waste we collect at your address
- your collection dates
- your container types
You should present your garden waste in a green wheelie bin.
In garden waste collection areas we will empty 1 garden waste bin for free, and can collect additional garden waste bins for those who subscribe to our additional garden waste scheme.
In addition to garden waste, we collect household waste from all properties.
You should put your garden waste out, at the front edge or your property (unless otherwise stated in the online waste calendar) between 7.00pm on the day before collection, and 7.00am on your collection day. Do not put your garden waste out at any other time.
See further information about garden waste collections:
- garden waste collection season
- items suitable for your garden waste bin
- additional garden waste subscription scheme
- St Nicks garden waste collections
- missed garden waste collections
- new or replacement green bins
- areas with no garden waste collections
Garden waste collection season
We collect garden waste each year from the end of March to towards the start of December.
Check your garden waste collection dates via our online waste collection calendar.
Make sure you put your garden waste bin out between 7.00pm on the day before collection and 7.00am on your collection day.
If you live in York, you can also dispose of your garden waste at:
Items suitable for your garden waste bin
|Yes please||No thanks|
|Leaves and bark||Soil, turf, rubble, coal, BBQ charcoal|
|Grass cuttings and hedge clippings||Nappies|
|Cut flowers and house plants||Plastic, paper, cardboard and other packaging|
|Garden plants and flowers||General household rubbish|
|Windfall fruit||Food or other kitchen waste|
|Twigs and small branches||Large whole branches|
|Non-invasive garden weeds||Invasive weeds such as Japanese knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Ragwort (seek advice on safe disposal from the Environment Agency)|
|Pot plant compost||Plant pots|
|Straw bedding from small vegetarian pets, such as rabbits||Pet and animal waste from cats and dogs|
|Christmas trees and wreaths (chopped up so they fit inside your bin)||Christmas decorations|
|Plain paper bags||'Compostable' plastic|
Additional garden waste subscription scheme
See details of how to subscribe to our additional garden waste scheme.
There is a charge for each additional bin which is required to be emptied at a property.
St Nicks garden waste collections
If St Nicks collect your recycling, they also collect your garden waste.
Contact St Nicks directly for details of:
- what they collect
- how to present it for collection
Missed garden waste collections
If your collection has been missed, check our waste collection updates for details of any known service issues.
See details of how we deal with missed garden waste collections.
New or replacement green bins
Areas with no garden waste collections
Not all areas receive a garden waste collection. Areas with no garden waste collections include:
- terraced areas
- narrower streets
- areas or streets where it is difficult for our vehicles to gain access
If your household waste is currently collected in bags, we will be unable to provide you with a garden waste service at this time.
If you live with within the city walls and your recycling service is provided by St Nicks please contact them directly, as they are able to collect small amounts of garden waste from city centre properties.