Waste and recycling

Recycling at the kerbside

Update about recycling collections

For the safety of our staff and customers, and to help minimise the spread of coronavirus, we’re adapted some of our services - find out about changes to how we collect recycling.

We collect 4 types of household recycling at the kerbside:

You must separate your recycling and sort it for collection:

  • plastics and metals can be mixed together
  • paper and cardboard can be mixed together
  • glass only, separate from other items

Recycling plastic at the kerbside

We collect all plastics labelled either PET 1 or HDPE 2 during kerbside recycling.

The recycling PET 1 logo.
The recycling HDPE 2 logo.

You can't recycle any other types of plastic at the kerbside; if you put other 'mixed plastics' in your recycling, we may not be able to collect it.

Yes please:

Any PET 1 and HDPE 2 plastics including:

  • drink, household cleaning and toiletry bottles (with or without lids)
  • food containers
  • fruit trays

No thanks:

Any plastics which are not labelled as PET 1 or HDPE 2.

These may include:

  • some plastic bottles (with or without lids)
  • some food trays
  • some margarine tubs
  • some yogurt pots
  • hard plastic toys
  • plastic food wrapping

See advice on dealing with excess plastic for kerbside collection.

Disposing of 'mixed plastics'

Recycle 'mixed plastics' by using the recycling bank locator to find your nearest plastic recycling bank.

Alternatively, place mixed plastics in your household waste bin.

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 should wash them out beforehand.

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, (empty) spray paint and shaving foam aerosols

No thanks:

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

See advice on dealing with excess tins and cans for kerbside collection.

Use the recycling bank locator to find your nearest metal/can recycling bank.

Take other metal items to either of our HWRCs for recycling in the scrap metal skips:

Recycling paper and cardboard at the kerbside

You can recycle paper, card and cardboard at the kerbside.

Yes please:

  • cardboard boxes, broken down so that they fit in your recycling box
  • 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

No thanks:

  • loose excess cardboard which doesn't fit in your recycling box (please do not use cardboard boxes or plastic bags to present excess cardboard)
  • all types of cartons (Tetra Paks, soup, chopped tomatoes, custard, fabric conditioner)
  • waxed paper coffee/tea cups
  • books

See advice on dealing with excess paper and cardboard for kerbside collection.

Use the recycling bank locator to find your nearest carton recycling bank.

Recycling glass at the kerbside

Most households (apart from rural/remote properties) can recycle glass bottles and jars at the kerbside, but you should rinse these out beforehand.

Yes please:

Any colour or size of glass bottle or jar, such as those used for:

  • wine, beer, spirits, juice, perfume, vinegar
  • sauce, jam/marmalade, baby food, pickles, condiments

No thanks:

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

Dispose of these types of glass safely (for example, by wrapping in paper or cloth), and place in your general household waste bin.

See advice on dealing with excess glass for kerbside collection.

Use the recycling bank locator to find your nearest glass recycling bank.

Recycling which cannot be collected from the kerbside

Some items aren’t suitable for recycling at the kerbside due to the way we deal with recycling in York.

Visit our recycle and reuse A to Z for recycling suggestions for many common waste items.

See information on our household waste recycling centres, including items you can take to be recycled or disposed of:

Also see

Waste, Highways and Environmental Services

Telephone: 01904 551551

Waste and recycling collections

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