We collect 3 types of recycling, at the kerbside during household recycling collections:

You must separate your recycling into these types ahead of our collections.

See details of how to deal with any excess and additional recycling for kerbside collection.

Recycling plastic bottles at the kerbside

We only collect plastic bottles (with or without lids) with your kerbside recycling. You can recycle any size or colour of plastic bottle.

Yes please:

  • all plastic bottles
  • drinks, milk and probiotic drink bottles (not pots)
  • household cleaning, detergent and fabric conditioner bottles
  • toiletry bottles including make-up/cleanser, shampoo, conditioner and bubble bath bottles

No thanks:

  • plastic food wrapping
  • food trays
  • margarine tubs
  • yogurt pots
  • toys

You cannot recycle any other type of plastic container at the kerbside - only bottles. If you place any other "mixed plastics" in your recycling, your plastic recycling may not be collected.

Mixed plastics can be recycled in the public recycling banks which are provided and paid for by Sainsbury’s, at their Monks Cross or Foss Islands sites.

Alternately, mixed plastics can be placed in your landfill bin.

See details of how to deal with excess plastic bottles for kerbside collection.

Recycling metal tins and cans at the kerbside

You can recycle all metal food and drinks cans (steel and aluminium). You don't need to remove labels, but please wash them out before recycling.

Yes please:

  • food tins (tuna, soup, pet food)
  • drinks cans
  • sweet tins, biscuit tins and metal lids
  • baby milk tins (no plastic lids or scoops)
  • hairspray, deodorant, (empty) spray paint and shaving foam aerosols

No thanks:

  • aluminium foil and foil trays
  • baking trays, metal utensils, coat hangers, cutlery
  • paint tins

You can take other metal items to either of our HWRCs for recycling in the scrap metal skips:

See details of how to deal with excess tins and cans for kerbside collection.

Recycling paper and cardboard at the kerbside

You can recycle paper, card and cardboard at the kerbside.

Yes please:

  • egg boxes
  • newspapers/magazines, telephone directories, catalogues/brochures (with staples removed)
  • junk mail, leaflets (with staples removed), white/coloured paper, all envelopes (with plastic windows removed where applicable)
  • greetings cards, non-foil gift wrapping paper, clean paper bags
  • cereal boxes, ready meal boxes
  • kitchen/toilet roll tubes, tissue boxes
  • card sleeves from food packaging

No thanks:

  • all types of cartons (Tetra Paks, soup, chopped tomatoes, custard, fabric conditioner)
  • waxed paper coffee/tea cups
  • books

To find your nearest carton recycling bank, please use the recycling bank locator.

See details of how to deal with excess paper and cardboard for kerbside collection.

Recycling glass at the kerbside

Many households (apart from rural/remote properties) can recycle glass bottles and jars from home; we accept any colour of glass bottle or jar. Please rinse these out first, especially food jars.

To find your nearest glass recycling bank, please use the recycling bank locator.

Yes please:

  • any colour or size of glass bottle, such as wine, beer, spirits, juice, perfume, vinegar
  • any colour or size of glass jar, such as sauce, jam/marmalade, baby food, pickles, condiments

No thanks:

  • window glass
  • drinking glasses and cookware/Pyrex dishes
  • light bulbs, mirror glass

Please dispose of these types of glass safely in your general household waste bin.

See details of how to deal with excess glass for kerbside collection.

Recycling which cannot be collected from the kerbside

Some items aren’t suitable for recycling at the kerbside due to the way we undertake recycling in York. Our recycle and reuse A to Z explains what you can do with many common items of waste.

See full details of our household waste recycling centres, including locations, opening times and the kinds of items you can take to be recycled or disposed of:

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