Waste and recycling

Garden waste collections

Update on garden waste collections

While we're working within measures which minimise the spread of coronavirus:

  • we're expecting some delays with garden waste collections
  • garden waste collections may take longer than usual
  • we'll return as soon as possible if your garden waste isn't collected on your usual day (please leave your bin out)
  • we won't collect any additional bagged garden waste put out next to your green bin
  • you should composting your garden waste, if possible
  • there are changes to additional garden waste subscriptions

Collecting garden waste

Most households have alternate weekly collections of recycling collections one week, and waste collections the next.

Some households also have garden waste collections, where we empty one garden waste bin for free.

Garden waste collection season

We collect garden waste each year from the beginning of April to the end of November.

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:

New or replacement green bins

See costs for a new or replacement green bin.

Buy a green bin

Note: You'll need to register with our Do It Online service to be able to order a waste container online.

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

Subscribe to our additional garden waste scheme - we calculate the cost per extra bin.

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

Also see

Waste, Highways and Environmental Services

Telephone: 01904 551551