We collect 3 types of recycling, at the kerbside during household recycling collections:

You must separate your recycling into these types ahead of our collections. Some items aren’t suitable for recycling at the kerbside due to the way we undertake recycling in York, but recycle and reuse A to Z explains what you can do with many common items of waste.

Recycling plastic bottles at the kerbside

You can recycle any size or colour of plastic bottles (with lids) but not any other type of plastic container.

Yes please:

  • milk, water, fruit juice, squash, fizzy drinks bottles
  • probiotic drink bottles (not pots)
  • detergent and fabric conditioner bottles
  • household cleaning bottles (including toilet cleaner and bleach)
  • toiletry bottles including make-up/cleanser, shampoo, conditioner and bubble bath bottles

No thanks:

  • 'mixed' plastic such as plastic food wrapping, food trays, margarine tubs, yogurt pots, toys; these should be placed in your landfill bin (or you can recycle these materials at Monks Cross or Foss Islands, where recycling banks are provided and paid for by Sainsbury’s)

Recycling metal tins and cans at the kerbside

You can recycle all metal food and drinks cans (steel and aluminium). You don't need to remove labels, but please wash them out before recycling.

Yes please:

  • food tins (tuna, soup, pet food)
  • drinks cans
  • sweet tins, biscuit tins and metal lids
  • baby milk tins (no plastic lids or scoops)
  • hairspray, deodorant, shaving foam aerosols

No thanks:

  • aluminium foil and foil trays
  • baking trays, metal utensils, coat hangers, cutlery
  • paint tins

You can take other metal items to either Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC for recycling in the scrap metal skips.

Recycling paper and cardboard at the kerbside

Yes please:

  • egg boxes
  • newspapers/magazines, telephone directories, catalogues/brochures (with staples removed)
  • junk mail/leaflets (with staples removed), white/coloured paper, all envelopes (with plastic windows removed where applicable)
  • greetings cards, non-foil gift wrapping paper, clean paper bags
  • cereal boxes, ready meal boxes
  • kitchen/toilet roll tubes, tissue boxes
  • card sleeves from food packaging

Very large boxes should be flattened and broken down into smaller pieces and placed inside or underneath your recycling box.

Very large quantities of cardboard or unbroken boxes should be taken to your local recycling bank or Household Waste Recycling Centre.

No thanks:

  • all types of cartons (e.g. soup, chopped tomatoes, custard, fabric conditioner)
  • waxed paper coffee/tea cups
  • books

To find your nearest carton recycling bank, please use the recycling bank locator.

Recycling glass at the kerbside

Many households (apart from rural/remote properties) can recycle glass bottles and jars from home; we accept any colour of glass bottle or jar. Please rinse these out first, especially food jars.

To find your nearest glass recycling bank, please use the recycling bank locator.

Yes please:

  • any colour or size of glass bottle, such as wine, beer, spirits, juice, perfume, vinegar
  • any colour or size of glass jar, such as sauce, jam/marmalade, baby food, pickles, condiments

No thanks:

  • window glass
  • drinking glasses and cookware/Pyrex dishes
  • light bulbs, mirror glass

Please dispose of these types of glass safely in your general household waste bin.

Our Household Waste Recycling Centres

Check which items you can take to your nearest recycling centre (Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC) that aren’t suitable for recycling via our kerbside collections.

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