St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Recycle with St Nicks

One of our recycling officers collecting materials from Goodramgate, using a load-bearing tricycle.
One of our recycling officers collecting materials from Goodramgate, using a load-bearing tricycle.

St Nicks has provided an eco-friendly kerbside recycling scheme for York since 2001. We currently collect recyclable materials from more than 2,500 households and businesses in the city centre. Our unique, low carbon emission service uses an electric vehicle and load bearing tricycles to collect and sort recycling at the kerbside. This enables us to collect high quality recyclable materials and make the recycling process as efficient as possible. The household collection service is funded through a service agreement with the City of York Council.

Follow the links below for more information and check out our blog and downloads on the right for extra tips – see how to recycle more plastic with us and around the city:

Wastebusters adFor any enquiries about our recycling service please contact Sam on 01904 411821 or email

You can follow our recycling team on Instagram for regular updates on everything the team get up to on a regular basis. Just search St Nicks Recycle Team.


Award for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management Collection Crew of the Year 2019 Finalist certificateAwards

Out of 300 nominations for 14 different awards our Recycling Team placed in the top three of the 2019 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management for Collection Crew of the Year.

Our Recycling & Waste Manager Sam Taylor has made the Resource magazine’s Hot 100 list of waste influencers every year since 2017. Sam’s nominator in 2017 said: “Always goes that extra mile, not just for recycling but for people too – a true community service!”

St Nicks Recycling Team got shortlisted for 2016 team of the year by the National Recycling Awards in conjunction with Materials Recycling World.

In 2010 our team scooped another national award when the then Project Coordinator, John Brierley, won top honours as Community Recycling Champion at the 2010 Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Awards for Environmental Excellence, which recognise and reward good practice in sustainable waste and resource management.

St Nicks won the national Biffa Climate Conscious Award in 2007 for innovation through its zero emissions recycling scheme.

This page was last updated 20 Dec 2021