Waste & Recycling

Please click on the link below to view and download your refuse and recycling calendar.

2017 Collection Calendar and Dates


Christmas 2017 & New Year 2018 Collections

Over the Christmas & New Year period collection dates will be revised.   You can view your alternative collection dates by clicking on the link above.  Please note up to 4 additional black bags may be placed out next to your grey bin on your first household waste collection after Christmas Day.

From 8th January 2018 there will be a 2 week collection of Christmas trees and Garden Waste (Subscribers only) on your recycling collection day


Recycle more at the kerbside from 25th September 2017

2017 will see an increase in the range of recyclables that can be taken at the kerbside.

Households will be able to use their boxes and bags to collect card, paper, cartons (tetra pak), aerosols, most plastics, cans and glass on a fortnightly basis.

Glass must be kept separate from everything else - this can be done using a divider in your current green box or by using an additional black box.   Textiles can also be recycled. 

More detailed information is below however look out for your leaflet through your letterbox during September for more information.


What will be changing from 25th September?

What will I be able to put in my grey refuse bin?

What will I be able to put in my blue or white recycling bag?

What will I be able to put in my green or black box?

What will I be able to put in my green bin?

How will I be able to recycle textiles?

Frequently asked questions


How to request additional recycling containers and accessories

If you require additional recycling bags, boxes, dividers or nets, please click on the link below to order these items.  
Please allow up to 21 days for delivery.

Request additional recycling containers and accessories


For information regarding all our services please click on any of the links shown below:

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Home Composting

Home composting is an easy way to reduce your household waste and produce compost for free. Composting can be done in either a bin or a traditional heap.


North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council are working in partnership to supply residents with low-cost compost bins. There are two sizes of bins available to purchase at subsidised prices:
Size Cost
220 litre compost bin £8 + delivery
330 litre compost bin £10 + delivery
There is also a buy one get one half price offer on the already discounted compost bins which means North Yorkshire residents can team up with a family member, friend or neighbour to get a compost bin for as little as £6 each. Delivery is £5.99 per order. For more information and to purchase a compost bin, please visit www.getcomposting.com.
The bins are made in the UK from 100 per cent recycled plastic, have a windproof secure push-fit lid and removable side hatch, are carbon footprint certified by the Carbon Trust and are guaranteed for 15 years.
To learn more about other methods of composting, see the alternative composting systems section below for more information. Products such as caddies, wormeries, hot bins and kitchen composters can also be purchased at www.getcomposting.com or other retailers.

Need some help with composting?

North Yorkshire County Council's team of master composters, called the Rotters, can help if you want to know more about composting or are experiencing problems with your compost. The Rotters are fully trained volunteers who offer advice on composting and reducing your food and garden waste. For advice or to become a volunteer, visit the Rotters page, telephone 01609 532045 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Hazardous Waste Collection

Changes to legislation mean that some household items are now classed as hazardous waste. These items include:

  • Televisions
  • Computer Monitors
  • Microwaves
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Fridges
  • Freezers

If these items are being collected by the council as a bulky items collection then there is an additional charge. For more details please click here

Local residents may also take hazardous waste household items to one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres, operated by North Yorkshire County Council, at Gatherley Road, Brompton-on-Swale or Moor Road, Leyburn.
Private waste contractors will deal with hazardous and special waste arising from a trade or business.
For further information about hazardous waste, please contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or click here
Public Consultation
North Yorkshire County Council are currently seeking views from the public regarding how hazardous waste should be disposed of in the future. Please visit the NYCC website for further information.
Special precautions may be needed when disposing of and moving hazardous waste such as asbestos. Click here for North Yorkshire County Council's information about asbestos. For health and safety advice and guidance for those who may be exposed to asbestos at work please click here to see the Health and Safety Executive website. The Environment Agency information about asbestos can be found here

Clinical Waste

Disposal of clinical waste

Hypodermic needles and other hazardous healthcare wastes should never be disposed of in the domestic waste stream. If patients are treated in their home by a community nurse or a member of the NHS profession, any waste produced as a result is considered to be the healthcare professional’s waste. If the waste is non-hazardous, and as long as it is appropriately bagged and sealed, it is acceptable for the waste to be disposed of with household waste. This is usually the case with sanitary towels, nappies and incontinence pads (known collectively as sanpro waste) which are not considered to be hazardous when they originate from a healthy population. If the waste is classified as hazardous, the healthcare professional can remove that waste and transport it in approved containers (ie rigid, leak proof, sealed, secured etc) and take it back to the trust base for appropriate disposal.

If patients treat themselves in their own home, any waste produced as a result is considered to be their own. Only where a particular risk has been identified (based on medical diagnosis) does such waste need to be treated as hazardous clinical waste. Where hypodermic needles are produced in the home, on no account should soft drink cans, plastic bottles or similar containers be used for the disposal of needles, since these could present serious hazards to staff if they were disposed of in domestic waste. Sharps bins can be obtained on prescription (FP10 prescription form) and can be returned to your doctor for disposal when full.

Residents should contact their doctor or healthcare professional in the first instance regarding the disposal of clinical waste.  If they are unable to dispose of it please contact us on 01748 829100 to discuss further. Under the controlled waste regulations, the authority may charge for the collection of specific waste streams, including clinical waste.


Household Waste - Waste generated by a property used for domestic purposes: house, caravan, vessel, etc.

Offensive Waste - Household waste containing bodily fluids, secretions, or excretions, which are not infectious. Examples include: dressings, gloves, nappies, incontinence pads and sanitary products. This waste can be collected through the normal domestic bin collection service.

Clinical Waste - Waste containing infectious material, such as something for which antibiotics may be prescribed. The material must be secured in bags (or boxes for sharps), which are yellow or orange and marked for incineration. Sharps are clinical waste. Containment and transport are closely regulated. A charge can be levied for collection but not disposal of clinical waste.

Contact Us

Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Phone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186
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