Recycle and reuse A to Z

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Some items aren’t suitable for household recycling collections. This A to Z explains where you can take many common household waste items for recycling or reuse.

This page is meant as a guide for household waste disposal only, not trade waste. Please note that we only accept trade waste at Hazel Court HWRC and not at Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC.

  • find out what you can recycle in kerbside collections
  • see Recycle Now for recycling bank locations for materials you can't recycle in kerbside collections
  • please make sure items you donate for reuse are in good condition, clean and no parts are missing

Aerosols

  • recycle empty aerosols in your household recycling collections and at local recycling banks - see Recycle Now for recycling bank locations
  • make sure aerosols are completely empty before you recycle them, but don't puncture or crush them

Aluminium foil

  • SNAPPY accept donations of all clean aluminium foil (in any form) along with aluminium drinks cans and household cables; you can take these directly to SNAPPY at 84 Lowther Street, YO31 7LX or contact them for details of local collection points; tel: 01904 640562 or email foilforsnappy@gmail.com
  • see Recycle Now for aluminium recycling bank locations
     

Biscuit wrappers

  • St Nicks accept sweet biscuit wrappers for recycling (multi-pack packaging or individual wrappers)

Batteries (household and car)

  • Hazel Court HWRC and Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC have special recycling containers for batteries
  • most retailers which sell household size batteries have in-store battery recycling containers
  • contact us for information about battery recycling schemes in schools

Bicycles

Board Games

Books


Cables (household)

Cans (metal drinks cans and food tins)

  • recycle cans in your kerbside recycling collections and at local recycling banks - see Recycle Now for recycling bank locations
  • see Thinkcans to find out how you could get paid for recycling aluminium cans
  • SNAPPY accept donations of aluminium drinks cans - see aluminium foil for details

Card and cardboard

Car oil

Carrier bags

Recycle plastic carrier bags at these supermarkets:

  • Sainsbury's, Monks Cross
  • Sainsbury's, Fossbank
  • Morrison's, Acomb
  • Morrison's, Foss Islands Road
  • Waitrose, Foss Islands Road
  • ASDA, Monks Cross

Cars

  • GiveACar raise money for charities by accepting donations of unwanted cars, and recycling those that are ready for scrap

Cartons

Cartridges (inkjet and toner)

  • see Charity Retail Association for charities which accept cartridges for recycling
  • The Leprosy Mission in York, based at 48 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, YO23 2RB collects cartridges for recycling - please leave in the wooden chest outside

Cassette tapes

CDs

  • donate music/audio CDs to charity; see Charity Retail Association for charity shops in your area
  • make into bird scarers for your garden or allotment

Christmas trees

Coat hangers

Coffee packaging

  • St Nicks accept coffee packaging and Tassimo T-Discs for recycling

Coins (foreign and old)

  • see Charity Retail Association for charity shops in your area which may accept foreign/old coins
  • donate to St. Sampson's Centre, Church Street, York; they accept high quality bric-a-brac, books, coins, greetings cards (not Christmas cards), jewellery, jigsaws, spectacles, toys and wool for re-sale to raise funds. Deliver to the Centre from Mondays to Fridays, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Computers


Duvets

  • donate to RSPCA shops in York for their local animal shelter

DVDs


Electrical appliances

Envelopes


Fabric

Fire extinguishers

  • return any fire extinguishers you have rented for business use directly to the rental company
  • take empty fire extinguishers to Hazel Court HWRC for recycling (there is a charge for disposal)

Fluorescent tubes and energy saving light bulbs

Foil (such as aluminium foil and pie trays)

  • SNAPPY accepts donations of all clean aluminium foil (in any form) along with aluminium drinks cans and household cables; you can take these directly to SNAPPY at 84 Lowther Street, YO31 7LX or contact them for details of local collection points; tel: 01904 640562 or email foilforsnappy@gmail.com
  • recycle clean aluminium foil in local recycling banks; see Recycle Now for recycling bank locations

Furniture

All the charities named below offer free collections of good quality furniture for reuse:


Garden waste

Glass

Glass (cookware)

  • donate reusable items such as Pyrex or drinking glasses to charity; see Charity Retail Association for charity shops in your area

Glass (broken)

  • broken glass of any type can't be recycled; please dispose of it carefully in your waste bin

Glass (windows)

Glasses (spectacles)

  • donate to charity; see Charity Retail Association for charity shops in your area
  • many opticians accept old/unwanted spectacles for charity - ask at your local opticians
  • donate to St. Sampson's Centre, Church Street, York; they accept high quality bric-a-brac, books, coins, greetings cards (not Christmas cards), jewellery, jigsaws, spectacles, toys and wool for re-sale to raise funds. Deliver to the Centre from Mondays to Fridays, 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Vision Aid Overseas accept spectacles for reuse in the Third world; drop them off at VisionCare Optometry in Acomb or leave in the wooden trunk outside 48 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, YO23 2RB

Greetings cards

  • recycle in your household recycling collection or in local recycling banks; see Recycle Now for paper recycling bank locations
  • cut them up and reuse as gift tags
  • donate to St. Sampson's Centre, Church Street, York; they accept high quality bric-a-brac, books, coins, greetings cards (not Christmas cards), jewellery, jigsaws, spectacles, toys and wool for re-sale to raise funds. Deliver to the Centre from Mondays to Fridays, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Hand tools

Hard plastic recycling

Hearing aids (working)

  • donate to Age UK
  • NHS hearing aids remain the property of the NHS; if you have an NHS hearing aid which you no longer need, please return to your nearest NHS hospital

Junk mail


Kitchen waste

  • we do not offer any collections for kitchen waste - why not try home composting?

Light bulbs

  • recycle energy efficient light bulbs at Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC; 'old-style' light bulbs aren't recyclable, you should dispose of these safely in your waste bin
  • some shops which sell light bulbs also have recycling bins for them in-store

Mobile phones

  • contact your mobile phone retailer for recycling options, or part-exchange for an upgrade!
  • donate to charity; see Charity Retail Association for charity shops in your area
  • see Recycle Now for recycling advice for mobile phones

Music scores and musical instruments


Paint

Paper - brochures, catalogues, shredded paper, newspapers

  • recycle in your household recycling collection or in local recycling banks; see Recycle Now for paper recycling bank locations
  • donate newspapers to Scout groups to raise funds; search for groups in your local area on the Scouts website
  • non-'glossy' paper is great for home composting; see Get Composting for information

Pens

  • St Nicks accept all plastic pens, felt tips, marker pens and highlighters for recycling

Pillows

  • natural materials such as cotton and feathers can be composted
  • donate to RSPCA York for use at their local animal shelter

Plastic bottles

Plastic bags

Recycle plastic carrier bags at these supermarkets:

  • Sainsbury's, Monks Cross
  • Sainsbury's, Fossbank
  • Morrison's, Acomb
  • Morrison's, Foss Islands Road
  • Waitrose, Foss Islands Road
  • ASDA, Monks Cross

Plastic (mixed)

  • recycle food trays, ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, at recycling banks at Sainsbury's at Monks Cross and Foss Islands
  • note: these recycling banks are provided and serviced by Sainsbury's

Postage stamps

Postcards


Real nappies

Records (vinyl)


Scrap metal

Sewing machines

Shoes


Telephone directories

Textiles

  • donate clean textiles such as clothing, bedding, curtains, blankets, bags, belts, hats to charity; see Charity Retail Association for charity shops in your area
  • see Recycle Now for textile recycling bank locations

Tyres

  • we don't accept any old tyres for recycling; please contact your local car garage for safe disposal

Toys


Vinyl (records)

VHS tapes (videos)

  • donate to charity; see Charity Retail Association for charity shops in your area
  • we no longer accept VHS tapes (videos) for reuse; dispose of these safely in your waste bin

Water butts

  • purchase a water butt from Get Composting to reuse rain water for your garden

Wood


Yoghurt pots

  • recycle mixed plastic packaging such as yoghurt pots at recycling banks at Sainsbury's at Monks Cross and Foss Islands
  • note: these recycling banks are provided and serviced by Sainsbury's

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