Waste Changes

On 9 January 2017, the councillor responsible for the Environment, Cllr Andrew Waller, approved a report which proposed some important changes to waste collections. You can read more about the report on the Council & Democracy pages.

An outline of the changes

From 3 April 2017, there will be some changes to the day we collect recycling (boxes) for some households in the city. Less than half of all households will be affected by the proposed recycling day change.

Rubbish (black bin) and garden waste (green bin) will still be collected on the same day of the week.

Around 800 properties that currently do not receive a glass recycling collection or a garden waste collection will get these services from 3 April 2017.

The changes will make our waste service even more efficient and cost effective. This is because we’re reorganising our collection routes based on new housing developments and homes, so our crews travel less miles per route.

If you are affected

All households with a day change will receive a letter and a new rubbish and recycling calendar. Letters are being posted from 3 March 2017, so please look out for them over the coming weeks. Your letter will include details of the new day we will collect your recycling and a reminder of what you can recycle.


View a list of all streets which will have a recycling collection day change. This list is alphabetical by ward. If your street is listed but you have not received a letter by 18 March 2017, please contact us at ycc@york.gov.uk with 'waste changes' in the subject.


We have used up-to-date software to help us plan our collection routes in the most efficient way and help us keep the number of properties affected by the changes to a minimum. However, to build the most efficient and cost effective collection rounds, some properties will be affected.


The new collection calendars will be available via our online waste collection calendar from 3 April 2017.


New waste containers

Residents who are getting a new glass recycling collection and a new garden waste collection will be provided with a free recycling box and lid and a free 180 litre green wheeled bin. These were delivered week commencing 20 March 2017. Please contact us if you have not received yours.

A small quantity of recycling boxes, lids and nets will also be available to other households affected by the day changes, to help encourage recycling. We are delivering boxes to residents who have requested them and will also be arranging locations where a supply of boxes will be available for residents to pick up.

Recycling box collection locations

Residents affected by the service day changes can collect a free recycling container on the following dates:

  • Saturday 1 April, 11am to 1pm at Foxwood Community Centre, Bellhouse Way, York, YO24 3HY
  • further dates will be announced here soon

Additional garden bins

You can apply to get an additional garden waste bin emptied by subscribing to the additional bin service.

How the changes will improve our collections

Changing some recycling collection days will make our waste collection service more efficient and cost effective. The changes will help save about £400k. By doing this, we will be able to give a full recycling service to some rural properties that do not currently get this. Without these changes we would need to find an additional £400k per year to run the service, leading to additional cuts in other council services. These changes also mean that we can increase the number of properties that we collect recycling and garden waste from.

Find out more about your waste collections

Check collection dates for your household via our online waste collection calendar (you can also download a copy of your calendar via this link from 3 April 2017).

You can also get alerts sent straight to your phone to remind you of your next collection day by downloading the free One Planet York app. To download the app visit the Apple app store or the Google Play Store.

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