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Big and bulky items can be tricky to get rid of in York, as you can’t throw them away with your household waste. Without a car, it’s a struggle to dispose of large items and you might worry that taking them to the tip means they’ll end up in a landfill. 

At Divert we offer bulky waste collection across York and the surrounding areas and aim to recycle as much as possible, diverting your big old items away from landfill. The City of York council will collect your household waste but anything too big for your domestic bins needs its own collection and disposal.

Find an easy and affordable solution with Divert, whether you need a one-off removal or are clearing out a house or office and have many bulky items that need collecting. Get a free quote for York bulky waste collection today – call 0333 444 0118 or contact us

Bulky Waste Collection In York

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Types of bulky waste in York

Bulky waste is anything too big for your household general waste or recycling bin that’s collected by the City of York council. Think old furniture, large appliances, big electronic items, and other bulky items that often need at least two people to move. Households across York create such waste when having a clearout or as they reach the end of their life.  

As well as furniture and white goods, some of the main types of bulky waste produced in York include:

  • Mattresses
  • Washing machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Carpet and underlay
  • Clothes rails
  • Baths
  • Rugs
  • Big IT equipment
  • Ladders
  • Shelving
  • Showers
  • Trampolines

How is bulky waste recycled in York?

Bulky waste is recycled in York in different ways depending on the type of item and materials it’s made from. Our licensed waste carriers will collect your bulky waste in one of our Divert vans or trucks and transport it to a local recycling centre. This could be Hazel Court Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC), Towthorpe and Strensall HWRC, or another in York.

Here the bulky waste is sorted by type and sent to relevant waste management facilities for recycling. Often this involves breaking down bulky waste into its individual materials and sending them for recycling. For example, the timber from an old wardrobe is sent for recycling with other wood waste or the metal components are removed from a fridge for scrap metal recycling.

Many items of bulky waste in York can be reused. Old furniture may still be in a decent enough condition for another home or require a bit of upcycling rather than being recycled. Donating to a charity shop is a great way to reduce the amount of bulky waste created in York.

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Who needs on-demand bulky waste removal in York?

Many households need bulky waste removal to get rid of that one item that’s too big for the City of York council to collect. Plenty of small businesses across York also require bulky waste disposal when updating their interiors or if a big appliance stops working. Common places that need on-demand bulky waste removal in York include:

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  • Offices

Local recycling centres in York

The two main recycling centres in York are Hazel Court Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) and Towthorpe and Strensall HWRC. You can take domestic cardboard waste to either of these to recycle it for free. Big vehicles need a permit. You can only take commercial waste to Hazel Court HWRC, no type of business waste is accepted at Towthorpe and Strensall HWRC. Charges may apply when getting rid of commercial cardboard waste.


  • Hazel Court HWRC

    Opening hours

    Between October and March – Mondays to Saturdays: 8.30am to 5.00pm, Sundays: 8.30am to 4.00pm

    Between April and September – Mondays to Saturdays: 8.30am to 7.00pm, Sundays: 8.30am to 4.00pm

    Address and contact details

    1 Hazel Court


    YO10 3DS

    Telephone: 01904 551550

    Email: [email protected]

  • Towthorpe and Strensall HWRC

    Opening hours

    Open Thursday to Tuesday (closed on Wednesdays).

    March – 8.30am to 5.00pm, April to September – 8.30am to 7.00pm, October – 8.30am to 5.00pm, November to February – 8.30am to 4.00pm

    Address and contact details

    Moor Lane



    YO32 9ST

    Telephone: 01904 551551

    Email: [email protected]

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York charities that accept bulky waste

If your bulky items are still in working condition, consider donating them to a local York charity. This way they can be reused or sold, reducing the amount of waste sent for recycling or disposal. Some charities that accept bulky items in York include:

  • York Community Furniture Store – they collect furniture and electronic items for free.
  • British Heart Foundation – collect furniture and electrical items for free.
  • St Leonard’s Hospice – donate big items for resale in charity shops.

There are also freecycle and online marketplaces where you can donate or sell bulky items for others across York to use. Most are free and easy to use, and you can specify if you’re willing to deliver the items or if the interested party needs to collect:

  • York Freecycle – offer any big items for free to others in York.
  • Love Junk – another reuse marketplace for inhabitants of York.
  • Facebook Marketplace – find local York groups to sell or offer bulky items for free.

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More helpful information about bulky waste in York

Certain bulky waste items contain Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). These are chemical substances that don’t break down, causing potential harm to human health and the environment when disposed of improperly. Legislation introduced by the Environment Agency means any POPs waste must be managed in line with their regulations. Common bulky waste items that class as POPs waste include upholstered domestic seats and some WEEE items. We can advise on how to store any POPs waste in York before collecting and disposing of it safely and legally. Most POPs waste in York is disposed of via incineration to protect the environment and human health.

Why use Divert for York bulky waste collection?

Get rid of your old big and bulky items in an affordable and environmentally friendly way with cheap bulky waste collection in York. Tell us what you need collecting and where from and we’ll provide a free quote with no obligation to proceed. Fixed prices mean you won’t be surprised by any hidden fees.

At Divert we do just what our name says – divert your waste away from landfill. Even with large items we work to ensure as much as possible is recycled and reused rather than rotting in the ground. This helps you do your bit to look after the environment and improve the rates of recycling in York.

We can provide one-off and ad hoc removals of many types of bulky items for York households and offices. Enjoy reliable, trusted, and cost-effective bulky waste collections wherever you’re based in and around the York area.

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Great service, booked a one off collection for two mattresses. Turned up before lunch, both lads were professional and cracked on, mattresses on, nice and speedy, job done.

Shoutout to Patrick in customer service who was very prompt in communication and got my job booked in for a suitable day. Also Michael in logistics for sorting a good time for collection. All very helpful.
I don’t often have bulky waste at all but if I ever do one day, I’ll be giving Divert a call.

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Arrange bulky waste collection in York

Get a free quote for bulky waste collection in York – call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online. Simply tell us the bulky items you’re saying goodbye to and where you’re based in the York area. We’ll provide an obligation-free quote and can book your collection for a time and date that suits you. One of our friendly team can help if you have any questions.

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York bulky waste FAQs

  • Where can I book bulky waste collection in York?

    You can arrange collection of your bulky waste anywhere in York and the surrounding areas. Book collections whether you live in a townhouse close to the Minster, an apartment overlooking the River Ouse or a cottage in one of the picturesque villages surrounding the city such as Stamford Bridge, Haxby, and Shipton.

    Our vans and trucks will collect your bulky waste items anywhere in and around York as we cover:

    Arrange cardboard collection in York areas including: 

    • York city centre (YO1)
    • Heslington and Osbaldwick (YO10)
    • Dunnington, Escrick (YO19)
    • Bishopthorpe, Upper and Nether Poppleton (YO23)
    • Acomb, Dringhouses (YO24)
    • Bootham, Clifton (YO30)
    • Heworth, Layerthorpe (YO31)
    • Haxby, Wigginton (YO32)
    • Elvington, Stamford Bridge (YO41)
    • Pocklington, Barmby Moor (YO42)
    • Boroughbridge (YO51)
    • Sheriff Hutton (YO60)
    • Easingwold (YO61)
    • Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside (YO62)
  • Where can I take my bulky waste in York if I don’t have curb side collection?

    You can take bulky waste items to Hazel Court or Towthorpe Strensall HWRCs in York. Depending on the size of the item and the vehicle you use to drop it off you may need a permit, so check in advance. Various charities may also accept bulky items as donations if they’re in a decent and working condition.

  • Is there a fee for bulky waste collection in York?

    Costs of bulky waste collection in York depend on the type, size, and the number of bulky items you need removing. The number of trips required and the location of your home or business also impact the fee for bulky waste collection in York. At Divert we provide a free no obligation quote.

    The City of York council also offers a bulky waste collection service, which it charges for.