St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living


3 good reasons to recycle

* Recycling saves energy and resources. To make a can from recycled aluminium, for example, uses 95% less energy than making it from new – and that means far fewer greenhouse gas emissions. It can take as little as six weeks to turn the things you recycle into a new product.

It saves money. Each year York residents produce about 100,000 tonnes of rubbish. Most of that is recyclable or compostable but currently goes into landfill instead! Space in landfill sites is running out. Unless York reduces the amount of landfill, it will face big fines and council tax bills are likely to rise. Also, landfill sites are a huge environmental burden: they emit CO2 and methane – a greenhouse gas 23 times as powerful as CO2 – and produce toxic leachate that may seep into groundwater.

It is free and easy! Most households in York get a free fortnightly or weekly recycling service either from the City of York Council or St Nicks. A lot of materials which do not get collected on the kerbside can be either taken to charity shops for reuse or to one of the two Household Recycling Sites.


This page was last updated 3 Oct 2016