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
  • see Pass it on to help you find your nearest charitable organisation, along with the range of items they accept, and whether they can collect your donations (from North Yorkshire County Council)
  • please make sure the 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
  • SNAPPY have recycling bins for (clean) aluminium foil at the following locations: Sainsbury's Monk's Cross, Asda Monk's Cross, Sainsbury's Foss Bank, Nunnery Lane car park and the Designer Outlet
  • SNAPPY also have recycling bins inside these buildings, so are only accessible when they are open:
    Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street; Holy Redeemer Church, Boroughbridge Road; St Nicholas Church, Dunnington; Dunnington Methodist Church; Holy Trinity Church, Stockton on the Forest; St Mary’s Church, Warthill; Cherry Tree Site, Millfield Lane, Poppleton
  • 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

  • recycle bicycles at Hazel Court HWRC. Get Cycling refurbish and repair the bikes collected at Hazel Court in partnership with other York community organisations and schools. Local people benefit from access to bicycle maintenance training and affordable second hand bikes
  • Recycle ;bicycles at Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC in the scrap metal skip
  • give away unwanted bicycles on Freecycle or search Facebook for local selling
  • Re-cycle York reuse and refurbish 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)

Cassette tapes

  • donate cassette tapes to charity; see Charity Retail Association to find a charity shop near you, click 'Find a charity shop', then enter your postcode or town

CDs

  • donate music/audio CDs to charity; see Charity Retail Association to find a charity shop near you, click 'Find a charity shop', then enter your postcode or town
  • 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)

  • 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
  • SNAPPY accept donations of old UK coins and notes and any foreign coins and notes

Computers


Duvets

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

DVDs

  • donate DVDs to charity; see Charity Retail Association to find a charity shop near you, click 'Find a charity shop', then enter your postcode or town

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 to find a charity shop near you, click 'Find a charity shop', then enter your postcode or town

Glass (broken)

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

Glass (windows)

Glasses (spectacles)

  • 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 to find a charity shop near you, click 'Find a charity shop', then enter your postcode or town
  • 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)

  • donate to charity; see Charity Retail Association to find a charity shop near you, click 'Find a charity shop', then enter your postcode or town

Scrap metal

Sewing machines

Shoes

  • donate to charity; see Charity Retail Association to find a charity shop near you, click 'Find a charity shop', then enter your postcode or town
  • see Recycle Now for shoe recycling bank locations

Telephone directories

Textiles

  • donate clean textiles such as clothing, bedding, curtains, blankets, bags, belts, hats to charity; see Charity Retail Association to find a charity shop near you, click 'Find a charity shop', then enter your postcode or town
  • 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)

  • donate to charity; see Charity Retail Association to find a charity shop near you, click 'Find a charity shop', then enter your postcode or town

VHS tapes (videos)

  • donate to charity; see Charity Retail Association to find a charity shop near you, click 'Find a charity shop', then enter your postcode or town
  • 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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