Thanks to a partnership with TerraCycle, we can collect extra plastic materials which are not normally recycled in York – you can download the current list here (April 2019). Please note that materials may be added or taken off the list at quite short notice so please check this page for up-to-date information, and let us know if you start collecting particular materials so that we can inform you if there is a change.
All materials listed below can be brought to St Nicks Environment Centre during regular opening hours and may be brought to events with prior permission. Please do not bring any materials that are not specified below as this causes contamination. We will ask you to take away anything we cannot recycle. There are several public drop off locations in York:
All items will also be collected from your kerbside recycling if the St Nicks team collects from your property; the only exception is crisp packets, biscuits and cracker wrappers which are likely to become litter.
Please note that if something is not on the list, such as plastic milk bottle tops or snack bar wrappers, we cannot accept it and will reject such items if brought to us.
As of March 2019 we are collecting:
Yes please: Any brand of nuts, popcorn, crisps/chips and pretzels packets. No need to wash, just shake out any remaining contents. Unfortunately, we cannot collect these items from the kerbside as they pose too much of a littering risk.
No, thanks: seed, dried fruit, meat snack or nutrient powder and topper packets
Yes please: Any brand of sweet biscuit, cake bar and cracker wrappers. This includes multipack packaging and individual wrappers though only the plastic sleeves. No need to wash, just shake out any remaining contents. Unfortunately, we cannot collect these items from the kerbside as they pose too much of a littering risk.
No, thanks: Any other sweet snack packaging such as flapjacks or chocolate bars; carboard packaging (please recycle at kerbside).
Yes please: Any brand of home cleaning (not body) products plastic caps (e.g. from washing up liquid bottles), trigger heads and packets of cleaning wipes. Please rinse.
No, thanks: Any personal hygiene packaging, baby or makeup wipes; bottles from cleaning products (please recycle at kerbside)
Yes please: Any brand of toothpaste tubes & caps, plastic toothbrushes and their outer packaging (not carboard), electric/battery toothbrush heads. Please rinse.
No, thanks: Bamboo, denture, dental floss or interdental items, cardboard boxes (please recycle at kerbside), other tubes such as hand creams
Take a look below at what happens to the items after we send them off to TerraCycle, which upcycles and recycles them into all sorts of new products. Please bear in mind that manufacturing and consumption of the goods you buy may be responsible for as much as half of your carbon footprint. Recycling saves energy and resources but even more is saved by not using them in the first place. To avoid waste, try using local shops that will let you use your own containers and sell refills. For their details and other tips on zero waste living, join Zero Waste York on Facebook or get in touch.