We provide kerbside recycling collections to all households:

  • collections are every fortnight on alternate weeks to household waste collections
  • recycling must be put out ready for collection by 7.00am on the correct day
  • check your collection dates using our online waste collection calendar

How we collect recycling

You must separate your recycling into these three types and place them in the correct box:

  • plastic bottles, tins and cans (metal)
  • paper and cardboard
  • glass

See further information about what you can recycle at the kerbside.

See further advice about what to do with excess and additional recycling.

Recycling in York

Find out about how we manage recycling in York. See a full list of what you can recycle at the kerbside or check our A to Z of recycling which explains where you can take many other household waste items to be recycled.

Missed recycling collections

If we haven't collected your recycling, please check:

  • your boxes contain only the correct items
  • your boxes were put out at the edge of your property before 7.00am
  • whether we have left a sticker explaining there was a problem

If you've done all these things, we will collect any excess and additional recycling at your next scheduled collection.

Alternatively, you can take recycling to a local recycling site - Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC.

If we've missed an assisted collection, you can contact us to report it (this must be within 24 hours of your normal collection). Once we've logged your missed assisted collection, we will return to empty it by the end of the next working day.

If we've missed a recycling collection for an entire street, or for communal bins at flats, then this will usually be due to either known service issues or known access issues.

Contact us to report missed collections for streets or for communal bins, as we may not be aware that a collection has been missed and it may not always be the case that someone else will report it on your behalf.

See further details of how we deal with missed collections for entire streets and communal bins.

Recycling for flats

If you live in a flat, you may have shared or communal recycling bins which are kept outside in a bin store, or you may have your own individual recycling boxes. Use our online collection calendar to check what is available to you.

Please place your recycling in the bins provided and do not leave bags of recycling next to your communal bins.

Recycling for rural properties

If you live in a more remote or rural part of the city, you may only have recycling collections for paper/cardboard and plastic bottles/metal cans; however, we have recently made changes to improve recycling rates for rural properties.

To check which recycling collections you have, please refer to our online waste collection calendar.

Recycling in the city centre with St. Nick's

St Nick's provide weekly recycling collections in the city centre; check the list of streets for St. Nick's recycling collections.

If you are eligible for a St. Nick's recycling collection, you will need to contact them to request a recycling box.

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