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Waste and recycling

Waste services in winter

Severe winter weather can sometimes cause disruptions to our household waste and recycling collections.

Bad weather can also affect the opening times of our household waste recycling centres:

These are normally open every day, except:

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year’s Day

Waste collections in severe weather

If we're unable to collect your waste due to severe winter weather, we'll:

  • collect your waste on your next scheduled waste or recycling collection day
  • make allowances for extra waste at your next collection

Our waste collection updates page shows details of any known service issues and missed collections.

See details of how we deal with missed waste collections.

If we've been unable to collect your waste, you can also:

Christmas waste collection and recycling changes

Check our online waste collection calendar for changes to your waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period.

Festive recycling and re-using tips

You can recycle many festive items via our kerbside recycling collections, to help you 'recycle and re-use' more and waste less this Christmas.

Kerbside collections

Festive items you can put in your recycling containers include:

  • greetings cards
  • wrapping paper (non-foil)
  • cardboard
  • crackers (remove all embellishments, such as bows, first)
  • bottles
  • tins/cans

Items you should not put out for recycling from your kerbside include:

  • heavily glittered items
  • tinsel
  • foil wrapping paper
  • plastic Christmas trees and wreaths

We will collect any extra recycling that is presented along with recycling boxes, as long as it is correctly separated in untied bags. Please break cardboard down into pieces which would fit into your recycling box.

Check what you can put in your recycling boxes.

Disposing of real Christmas trees

Real Christmas trees and wreaths can be recycled at Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC.

Reducing food waste

Lots of food waste can be composted and re-used in the garden. See the Get Composting website for more information.

For some tasty recipes on using up festive leftovers and hints on how to reduce food waste, see Love Food Hate Waste.

Re-use more at Christmastime

More information about how to re-use and recycle your Christmas waste is also available from St Nicks and Recycle now.

Also see

Waste, Highways and Environmental Services

Telephone: 01904 551551