Household recycling collections

We provide all households with a kerbside recycling collection:

  • collections are every fortnight on alternate weeks to household waste collections
  • recycling must be put out ready for collection by 7am on the correct day
  • check your collection dates using our online collection calendar

Download our free One Planet York App to check the date of your next rubbish, garden waste and recycling collections. You can register for 'day before' reminders along with many other useful features.

How we collect recycling

You must separate your recycling into these 3 types and place them in the correct box:

  • paper and cardboard
  • plastic bottles and metal tins/cans
  • glass bottles and jars

Please stack or place your boxes on top of each other at the front edge of your property (unless otherwise advised), making sure they don't cause a problem or danger to anyone.

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 7am
  • whether we have left a sticker explaining there was a problem

If you've done all these things, we'll collect your items at your next scheduled collection. If by then you have more paper and cardboard, or metal tin cans and plastic bottles than will fit inside your recycling boxes, you can put the extra recycling out in untied carrier bags (with the exception of glass). 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.

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 the 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 use our online 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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