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More items to be recycled this autumn

Published Thursday, 29 September 2022

Plans to expand the range of materials collected at the kerbside across the city this October are set to be approved by councillors next week.

If the plans are approved, residents will be able to recycle more items at the kerbside, including:

  • foil
  • more plastic bottles (such as fruit shoot bottles)
  • cleaning product bottles with lids and trigger spray nozzles
  • plastic yoghurt pots
  • margarine tubs
  • light-coloured and clear plastic food trays

All our recycling is processed first in Yorkshire, then the UK, and finally Europe, with no processing of our recycling taking place outside of Europe.

The changes are set to come into place in the week commencing Monday 17 October.

Cllr Paula Widdowson, Executive Member for the Environment and Climate Changes said:

“I am pleased that we are progressing with plans that will make it easier for residents to recycle even more. This is just the latest step in our work to expand and improve recycling and waste services across York.

“We know residents are doing a fantastic job of recycling in York, with around 43% of all waste being either reused, recycled or composted. The addition of foil and more plastics to kerbside collections will help us further boost our recycling rates and continue our work to make York greener and cleaner.

“Please make sure to check the latest info on the expanded range of items that can be presented and accepted in your kerbside recycling boxes.”

The changes will be communicated to residents through the council’s website. See more information about kerbside recycling collections, which will be updated week commencing 17 October.

A report proposing the changes will be taken to the Executive Member Decision Session on 5 October at 3.00pm.

To watch the meeting live, or play back again, visit www.york.gov.uk/webcasts.