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All Harrogate businesses produce some amount of general waste, no matter how good your recycling policy is. You must legally arrange removal of commercial general waste by licensed waste carriers – you can’t use bins provided to households by Harrogate or North Yorkshire County Council for disposal.

At Divert we deliver free bins for general waste, provide collection by licensed waste carriers, and divert your waste away from landfill. Harrogate households recycle 42.6% of waste, which means more than 57% of domestic rubbish is general waste. The local council manages all household general waste by providing black wheelie bins. As a business, you must arrange commercial waste collection for responsible, safe, and legal removal and disposal.

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General waste bins should be used in Harrogate to store non-recyclable rubbish such as:

  • Snack wrappers and packets (that aren’t recyclable)
  • Food scraps
  • Used paper towels
  • Polystyrene trays and packets
  • Broken ceramic crockery
  • Metal pots and pans

Get a free quote for general waste collection in Harrogate today – call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online.

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How commercial general waste collection works in Harrogate

Start with a free no obligation quote for general waste collection in Bradford. Tell us the number and size of bins you need, where they’ll be delivered and collected from, and how often. We’ll book your collections if you’re happy with the price and deliver general waste bins to your business for free.

Fill each bin with general waste and within any weight limits. Move them to the pickup point ahead of the agreed collection day and time. One of our purple trucks with a licensed waste carrier at the wheel will come and remove your general waste bins and transport them to a waste transfer station.

General waste is checked and sorted then sent to a facility for responsible disposal, away from landfill. For general waste in Harrogate, it could go to Allerton Waste Recovery Park. Here it may be treated, or incinerated to produce energy through steam feeding an electricity-generating turbine, or for anaerobic digestion.

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Who needs general waste collection in Harrogate?

Commercial general waste collection in Harrogate is vital for every business in the town and wider district. However strict your recycling policy, customers, employees, and daily activities produce food scraps, non-recyclable packaging, used tissues, and other general waste. Collection by licensed waste carriers is a legal requirement.

Big businesses in Harrogate may need daily general waste collection, while smaller ones and those with strong recycling plans might only need weekly or fortnightly removals

 We can help hotels in the town centre, offices on the outskirts and companies of all shapes and industries with general waste collection, including:

  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Shops
  • Schools
  • Hotels
  • Offices



Free commercial general waste bins in Harrogate

Store general waste in a wide range of bin sizes to suit the amount of rubbish you produce in Harrogate. All general waste bins are delivered for free anywhere in Harrogate and the surrounding towns and villages – you simply pay for collection. Use one or more of the same or different sizes to suit your needs.

Two and four-wheel general waste bins are easy to move around, and the bigger ones are also lockable for added security. Move them close to where general waste is created and use them to separate your recyclables from non-recyclable rubbish easily. General waste bins in Harrogate include:

  • 240 litre wheelie bins

    Like the black general waste household bins in Harrogate for storing 3 to 5 bags of waste.

  • 360 litre wheelie bins

    The biggest two-wheel bin that holds 5 to 7 bags of general waste.

  • 660 litre wheelie bins

    A four-wheel bin that can store between 10 and 12 sacks of general waste.

  • 1100 litre wheelie bins

    This is the largest general waste bin for up to 15 full general waste bags.

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Local general waste management sites in Harrogate

Harrogate households receive one black wheelie bin for general and non-recyclable waste from the council. If you have extra general waste you can take it to one of two main household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) – Harrogate and West Harrogate HWRCs. Commercial general waste is only accepted at West Harrogate HWRC. 

Only licensed waste carriers can take general waste from a business to the HWRC for disposal. You’ll also need a vehicle pass when using a commercial vehicle to transport general waste to the site. Charges apply to dispose of commercial general waste at an HWRC in Harrogate based on the amount.

Harrogate HWRC 
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Both Harrogate and West Harrogate HWRCs are open six days a week (closed on Wednesdays). Also shut on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.

April to September – 8.30am to 5pm

October to March – 8.30am to 4pm

  • Harrogate HWRC

    Harrogate HWRC

    Wetherby Road


    North Yorkshire

    HG3 1DE

    Telephone – 01609 780 780

  • West Harrogate HWRC

    West Harrogate HWRC

    Penny Pot Lane


    North Yorkshire

    HG3 2SN

    Telephone – 01609 780 780

Why use Divert for general waste collection in Harrogate?

Ensure responsible disposal of all general waste your business produces in Harrogate, as we divert all waste away from landfill. This has a more positive impact on the spa town and helps you save money on landfill tax. Free bins with no rental or delivery charges and fixed prices provide cost-effective general waste removal in Harrogate.

Tailor general waste collections to your needs with the right number and size of bins and collection frequencies. We’re based in North Yorkshire with connections to nearby waste sites and drivers who know the district well. A local approach ensures your general waste management runs smoothly, efficiently, and flexibly to suit your needs.

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Get a free quote for general waste collection in Harrogate today – call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online. We just need some basic information about the number and sizes of bins you need, how often you want them collected, and your address. Speak to one of our friendly and expert team who can answer any questions.
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Harrogate general waste FAQs

  • Where can you collect general waste in Harrogate?

    We can collect general waste from anywhere in Harrogate – including the town and wider district. General waste collections are available from anywhere with an HG postcode – whether you run a café near Valley Gardens, an office at Hornbeam Park, or a pub out in Killinghall or Knaresborough. Book general waste collection from:

    • Harrogate town centre, Jennyfields, Duchy, New Park, and High Harrogate (HG1)
    • Pannal Ash, Hornbeam Park, Rossett, Oatlands, and Woodlands (HG2)
    • Pannal, Burn Bridge, Pateley Bridge, Glasshouses, Ripley, Killinghall, Kirkby Overblow, Spofforth, Beckwithshaw, and Follifoot (HG3)
    • Ripon, Masham, Wath, Leighton, and Eavestone (HG4)
    • Knaresborough, Staveley, Allerton, Plompton, and Flaxby (HG5)
  • What goes in a black bin in Harrogate?

    A black wheelie bin in Harrogate is provided to most households for non-recyclable domestic waste. This is a household general waste bin and should be used for non-recyclable rubbish created at home, such as non-recyclable wrappers, packaging, and plastics. You can also use it for food scraps, nappies, used tissues, and other general waste.

    Most Harrogate households also have two black recycling boxes and two blue bags. These are for recyclable rubbish. Place your black bin by the curbside before 7am on the day of collection.

  • How much does general waste collection cost in Harrogate?

    General waste collection costs in Harrogate are based on the number and size of bins you use, how often they’re collected, and where in Harrogate you are. Determine the best size and number of bins and collection frequency to suit your needs for cost-effective collections. 

    The easiest way to see general waste collection costs in Harrogate for your business is to apply for a free no obligation quote. Call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online today.

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