Recycle and reuse A to Z

 

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.


Aerosols

  • All empty aerosols can be recycled in the kerbside recycling collections and at local can recycling banks. See the Recycle Now website for locations
  • Aerosols need to be completely empty before they can be recycled. Don't puncture or crush them

Aluminium foil

  • SNAPPY accepts donations of all clean aluminium foil (in any form) along with aluminium drinks cans and household cables. These can be taken directly to SNAPPY at 84 Lowther Street, YO31 7LX or contact Karen for details of local collection points, tel 01904 870759
  • Clean aluminium foil can be put in any can recycling bank. See the Recycle Now website for locations
  • North Yorkshire Moor's Historical Railway Trust collects newspapers, magazines, cardboard, aluminium cans, pots, pans and aluminium foil. Contact Mr Hasler for further details on 01904 416415
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind collect all types of aluminium foil. Please wash, squash and leave in the 'blanket box' outside 33 Maple Avenue, Bishopthorpe

Biscuit wrappers

  • Any brand of sweet biscuits wrapper (including multi-pack packaging or individual wrappers) can be taken to St Nicks for recycling

Batteries (household and car)

  • Take batteries to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) for recycling in special recycling containers at either Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC
  • Most retailers who sell household size batteries now have an in-store battery recycling container
  • Contact us for details about how schools can recycle batteries

Bicycles

Board Games

Books


Cables (household)

Cans (metal drinks cans and food tins)

  • Recycle cans at recycling banks (see the Recycle Now website for locations), or through York's kerbside recycling scheme
  • North Yorkshire Moor's Historical Railway Trust collects newspapers, magazines, cardboard, aluminium cans, pots, pans and aluminium foil. Contact Mr Hasler for further details on tel: 01904 416415
  • See the Thinkcans website to find out how you could get paid for recycling aluminium cans
  • Auminiun drinks cans can be donated to SNAPPY - see aluminium foil for details

Card and cardboard

  • Recycle card and cardboard at recycling banks and through York's kerbside recycling scheme. Very large boxes should be flattened and broken down into appropriate sized pieces and placed either in your kerbside box or underneath them.
  • North Yorkshire Moors Historical Railway Trust collects newspapers, magazines, cardboard, aluminium cans, pots, pans and aluminium foil. Contact Mr Hasler for further details on tel: 01904 416415
  • Take large amounts and big boxes to either Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC for recycling

Car oil

Carrier bags

  • You can take any plastic bags to these sites for recycling (banks are in store):
  • Sainsbury's Supermarket, Monks Cross
  • Sainsbury's Supermarket, Fossbank
  • Morrison's Acomb
  • Morrison's Foss Islands Road
  • Waitrose Foss Islands Road
  • ASDA car park Monks Cross

Cars

  • giveacar.co.uk is a social enterprise that raises money for charities by accepting donations of unwanted cars, and recycling those that are ready for scrap

Cartons

  • There are several sites in York where all types of food and drink cartons can be taken for recycling
  • These can be found at: Hazel Court and Towthorpe/Strensall Household Waste Recycling Centres and ASDA Monks Cross
  • See Recycle Now bank locator for a map of recycling locations

Cartridges (inkjet and toner)

  • See Charity Retail Association for charities which accept cartridges for recycling
  • The Leprosy Mission, 48 Main Street, Bishopthorpe collects cartridges for recycling - please leave in the wooden chest outside

Cassette tapes

CDs

  • See Charity Retail Association for places to take your useable music/audio CDs
  • Reuse and make them into bird scarers for your garden or allotment

Christmas trees

Coat hangers

Coffee packaging

  • Take coffee packets to St Nicks for recycling

Coins (foreign and old)

  • See Charity Retail Association for charity shops which may accept coins
  • Donate to St. Sampson's Centre, Church Street, York, by calling Tony Simons (warden) on 01904 652247. They accept bric-a-brac, books, coins, jewellery, jigsaws, toys and wool for re-sale to raise funds. Spectacles and greeting cards (not Christmas cards). Deliver to the Centre on Tuesdays to Saturdays when it is open, 10am to 4pm

Computers


Duvets

  • Donate to RSPCA shop in York for their local animal shelter

DVDs


Electrical appliances

Envelopes

  • Put all types of envelopes in your recycling box
  • See the Recycle Now website for locations of paper recycling banks where you can recycle envelopes

Fabric

Fire extinguishers

  • Fire extinguishers that have been rented, for business use, must be returned to the rental company
  • Residents can take empty fire extinguishers to either Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC for recycling but there is a charge for disposal

Fluorescent tubes and energy saving light bulbs

  • Recycle at either Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC
  • Older style light bulbs aren't recyclable and should be disposed of safely in your rubbish bin

Foil (such as aluminium foil, clean milk bottle tops and pie trays)

  • SNAPPY accepts donations of all clean aluminium foil (in any form) along with aluminium drinks cans and household cables. These can be taken directly to SNAPPY at 84 Lowther Street YO31 7LX or contact Karen for details of local collection points, tel 01904 870759
  • Clean aluminium foil can be put in any can recycling bank, see the Recycle Now website for locations
  • North Yorkshire Moor's Historical Railway Trust collects newspapers, magazines, cardboard, aluminium cans, pots, pans and aluminium foil. Contact Mr Hasler for further details on 01904 416415
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind collect all types of aluminium foil. Please wash, squash and leave in the 'blanket box' outside 33 Maple Avenue, Bishopthorpe

Freecycle website

  • Give away the items you no longer need, but which may be of use to someone else
  • For more information or to join the network go to the Freecycle website

Furniture


Garden waste

Glass

  • Put any colour of glass bottles and jars into your kerbside recycling glass box
  • Recycle in any glass recycling bank. See recycle now website for locations

Glass (cookware)

Glass (broken)

  • Sorry, broken glass of any type can't be recycled. Please dispose of carefully in your rubbish bin

Glass (window frames)

Glasses (spectacles)

  • See Charity Retail Association for charity chops which will accept old spectacles
  • Many opticians will accept old or unwanted spectacles on behalf of a charity - ask at a local optician practice
  • Donate to St. Sampson's Centre, Church Street, York, by calling Tony Simons (warden) on 01904 652247. They accept bric-a-brac, books, coins, jewellery, jigsaws, toys, and wool for re-sale to raise funds. Spectacles and greeting cards (not Christmas cards). Deliver to the Centre on Tuesdays to Saturdays when it is open, 10am to 4pm
  • Vision Aid Overseas accept spectacles for Reuse in the Third world. You are welcome to drop them off with Ruth Perrott, Community Optometrist, 30 York Road, York, YO24 4LZ or you can leave them in the wooden trunk outside 48 Main Street, Bishopthorpe

Greetings cards

  • Greetings cards can be recycled in your kerbside recycling collection or paper recycling bank
  • Cut up and reuse as gift tags
  • Donate to St. Sampson's Centre, Church Street, York, by calling Tony Simons (warden) on 01904 652247. They accept bric-a-brac, books, coins, jewellery, jigsaws, toys, and wool for re-sale to raise funds. Spectacles and greeting cards (not Christmas cards). Deliver to the Centre on Tuesdays to Saturdays when it is open, 10am to 4pm

Hand tools

Hard plastic recycling

  • Take hard plastic (plastic that will not squash easily) to either Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC for recycling. Items such as plastic garden furniture, broken indoor and outdoor toys, and plastic boxes.

Hearing aids (working)

  • Donate to Age UK
  • NHS hearing aids remain the property of the NHS. If you have an NHS hearing aid which is no longer needed please return it to the audiology department of your nearest NHS hospital.

Junk mail

  • See the junk buster website for how you can sign up to stop junk mail being delivered to you
  • Recycle any junk mail (and envelopes) in your kerbside recycling box

Kitchen waste

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

Light bulbs

  • Energy efficient light bulbs are a type of fluorescent lamp and can be recycled at either Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC. Older style light bulbs aren't recyclable, these should be thrown away safely in your rubbish bin
  • Some shops which sell light bulbs also have recycling banks for them. Look out in store for recycling bins

Metal

Mobile phones

Music and musical instruments


Paint (for disposal)

  • There are currently no paint recycling facilities in York
  • Take old tins of paint to either Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC for safe disposal

Paper - including brochures, catalogues, shredded paper, office paper, junk mail and newspapers

  • See the Recycle Now website for locations to take your paper to be recycled
  • All types of paper can be recycled through the kerbside recycling scheme
  • Some Scout groups collect newspapers (and other paper) and this is sold to raise money for their group: Bishopthorpe Scout Group, First Clifton Sea Scouts, First Copmanthorpe Scout Group, Dringhouses Scout Group, Elvington Scout Group and First Poppleton Scout Group are a few examples
  • Scrunched up paper is great for home composting. See Get Composting website for information

Pens

  • Take all types of pens to St Nicks for recycling

Pillows

  • Cotton and feathers are natural materials which can be composted
  • Donate to RSPCA York shop for use at their local animal shelter

Plastic bottles

  • See the Recycle Now website for locations of plastic bottle recycling banks
  • Recycle all types and colours of plastic bottles (and lids) in your kerbside box

Plastic bags

You can take any plastic bags to these sites for recycling (banks are in store):

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

Plastic mixed

  • Sainsbury's stores at Monks Cross and Foss Islands have new recycling banks for mixed plastic packaging. Types of plastic accepted include all plastic bottles, food trays, ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots etc. These recycling banks are provided and serviced by Sainsbury's

Postage stamps

  • Recycle old postage stamps and envelopes in your kerbside box
  • Donate stamps to a charity, see recycle now bank locator for details

Postcards

  • Donate collectable postcards to Leprosy Mission for recycling. Please leave in the trunk outside the front door of 48 Main Street, Bishopthorpe
  • Recycle them in your kerbside recycling collections or in a paper recycling bank

Real nappies

Records (vinyl)

  • Take vinyl records to your local charity shop for reuse

Scrap metal

Sewing machines

Shoes

Spectacles (glasses)

  • See Charity Retail Association for charity chops which will accept old spectacles
  • Many opticians will accept old or unwanted spectacles on behalf of a charity - ask at a local optician practice
  • Donate to St. Sampson's Centre, Church Street, York, by calling Tony Simons (warden) on 01904 652247. They accept bric-a-brac, books, coins, jewellery, jigsaws, toys, and wool for re-sale to raise funds. Spectacles and greeting cards (not Christmas cards). Deliver to the Centre on Tuesdays to Saturdays when it is open, 10am to 4pm
  • Vision Aid Overseas accept spectacles for Reuse in the Third world. You are welcome to drop them off with Ruth Perrott, Community Optometrist, 30 York Road, York, YO24 4LZ or you can leave them in the wooden trunk outside 48 Main Street, Bishopthorpe

Telephone directories

  • Recycle in any paper recycling bank or the kerbside recycling collections. See the Recycle Now website for locations of paper recycling banks

Textiles

  • Clean clothing (adult's and children's) such as bedding, textiles, quilts, curtains, blankets, bags, belts, hats, pairs of shoes/boots can all be donated to a local charity shop or see the Recycle Now website for locations of textile recycling banks in York
  • See the Recycle Now website for locations of charity textile recycling banks
  • See Charity Retail Association for locations of York's charity shops to make a donation or buy goods

Tyres

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

Toys


Vinyl (records)

  • Take vinyl records to your local charity shop for reuse

VHS tapes (videos)

  • We no longer accept VHS tapes (videos) for reuse. Instead, you may be able to donate them to a local charity shop. Otherwise they will need to be put in your rubbish bin because they cannot be recycled

Water butts

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

Wood


Yellow pages

  • Yellow Pages directories can now be recycled in your kerbside box and in all paper recycling banks
  • See the Recycle Now website for locations of paper recycling banks

Yoghurt pots

  • Sainsbury's stores at Monks Cross and Foss Islands have new recycling banks for mixed plastic packaging, including yoghurt pots
  • Other types of plastic accepted include all plastic bottles, food trays, ice cream tubs etc.
  • These recycling banks are provided and serviced by Sainsbury's

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