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Dry mixed recycling (DMR) covers a wide range of waste items that your York business can throw away together in one bin for recycling. Mixed waste in York covers paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal products discarded during daily business activities that are recyclable, as long as they’re clean and dry.

Businesses in York must arrange commercial waste collection of dry mixed recycling. It’s a simple, convenient, and cost-effective solution to store waste paper, cardboard, plastics, and metals together. Offices, retailers, and many other York businesses all benefit from DMR bins, which we provide for free – you only cover the costs of collection.

Dry Mixed Recycling In York

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Mixed waste in York

York has around 83,000 households, meaning the City of York Council provides and collects about 83,000 domestic mixed recycling bins every fortnight. Some homes in the city centre enjoy weekly collections of mixed domestic recycling bins by St. Nick’s. However, York’s domestic recycling rate is currently only 44.9%, so plenty of recyclable household waste isn’t recycled.

Businesses in York must arrange collection of mixed recycling by licensed waste carriers. There are four main materials that class as dry mixed recycling:

  • Paper – old newspapers, magazines, and envelopes
  • Cardboard – empty cereal boxes, packaging materials, and greeting cards
  • Metal – clean and empty drinks cans and food trays
  • Plastic – drinks bottles, plastic food packaging, and margarine tubs

Get a free quote for collection of mixed waste in York wherever your business is based and whatever industry you work in. Call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online.

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How commercial dry mixed recycling works in York

Get free DMR bins delivered to your business anywhere in York. Fill these with clean and dry recyclable materials and within any weight limits of the individual bin. Book in collection on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly schedule – one-off rubbish removals are available too – and we’ll come and collect your mixed waste.

One of our licensed waste carriers will be behind the wheel, so you can rest assured your dry mixed recycling is collected and transported safely to a recycling centre in and around York. Here the experts at the recycling centre will sort and separate the mixed waste by materials to recycle it with its relevant waste stream.

For example, all paper products in your dry mixed recycling bins will be removed and recycled with other waste paper on-site or moved to a paper mill for recycling. Here it will be sorted by paper grade, mixed with water and chemicals to create a pulp, rolled out and dried to form new paper products.


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Who needs dry mixed recycling in York?

All York businesses can use dry mixed recycling to get rid of various waste types conveniently and sustainably. It offers an environmentally friendly alternative to adding it to your general waste. DMR bins can be placed around an office, shop floor, staff room, or elsewhere to store such waste close to the source.

Offices, shops, and small companies in York especially benefit from dry mixed recycling bins. A DMR bin provides a more cost-effective and sensible solution if they don’t create enough volume to justify a single bin for the likes of cardboard or metal recycling. Common York businesses that need dry mixed recycling include:


  • Offices
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
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  • Shops

Free commercial dry mixed recycling bins in York

Various wheelie bins are available to store your mixed waste in York. These range from standard 240 litre two-wheel bins to big 1100 litre four-wheel bins for York businesses that produce lots of dry mixed recycling. Each DMR bin provides a safe and secure place to store such waste on your premises with lockable options.

Pick the best size DMR bin for your waste and combine it with collections on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis for cost-effective removals. You can use one or more of the same or different bins at the same time to tailor the bins and collections to your needs.

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  • 240 litre wheelie bins

    A two-wheel bin like you have at home to store 3 to 5 bags of waste.

  • 360 litre wheelie bins

    Slightly bigger two-wheel bin for 5 to 7 bags of mixed waste.

  • 660 litre wheelie bins

    A four-wheel bin that holds 10 to 12 bags of dry mixed recycling.

  • 1100 litre wheelie bins

    The biggest wheelie bin that can store up to 15 bags of waste.

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Local recycling centres in York

Hazel Court Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) and Towthorpe and Strensall HWRC are the two main recycling centres in York. You can only recycle commercial mixed waste at Hazel Court HWRC, as Towthorpe and Strensall HWRC doesn’t accept any commercial waste. There’s a charge to recycle commercial waste here.

  • 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]

Why use Divert for dry mixed recycling in York?

Enjoy affordable collection of your dry mixed recycling in York with Divert. Free bins with no rental charges and recycling rather than sending waste to landfill saves you money on landfill tax too. Plus, it’s a greener solution that helps look after the local York environment – upholding your corporate responsibility.

At Divert we’re based in York too, so know the city, surrounding area, and its waste management ways well. Our local knowledge helps our customer service team and licensed drivers deliver the most efficient and cost-effective solutions for your dry mixed recycling collections in the cathedral city. A true local touch makes managing your mixed waste in York effortless.


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Arrange dry mixed recycling collection in York

Get a free quote for dry mixed recycling collection in York today. Simply tell us the size and number of bins you need, how often you want them collected, and where you’re based in and around York. Enquire online or speak to one of our friendly team direct. We’re happy to answer any questions about dealing with DMR waste in York and provide you with a tailored quote. Call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online to book collection of your mixed waste in York today.

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York dry mixed recycling FAQs

  • Where can you collect dry mixed recycling in York?

    We can collect dry mixed recycling from businesses located anywhere in and outside York’s city walls. This includes offices overlooking the Ouse to boutique shops in the towns and villages surrounding the city, such as Strensall, Poppleton, and Copmanthorpe. Arrange dry mixed recycling collection in York areas including:

    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)
  • How often is commercial dry mixed recycling collected in York?

    You can arrange commercial dry mixed recycling collection in York every day, week, or fortnight with Divert. We can also provide one-off and ad-hoc collections of dry mixed recycling from your business in York.

    Domestic mixed recycling bins are mostly collected every two weeks by the City of York council. Some households in the city centre have their mixed recycling bins collected once a week by St. Nick’s.


  • How can I reduce the amount of dry mixed recycling my York business creates?

    A few ways to reduce the amount of dry mixed recycling waste your York business creates are to:

    • Focus on better waste management. Incorporating better waste management practices into the daily running of your business can help reduce the amount of waste you produce. For example, you could look into heightening workplace efficiency so that fewer materials are needed to get the job done. Furthermore, you should also ensure you have a strong waste management plan in place and that each employee receives appropriate waste disposal training.
    • Reuse products rather than discard them. Reusing products where appropriate, such as in both schools and offices you could use both sides of the paper, or clean out empty plastic drinks bottles to reuse.
    • Source sustainable products. Using sustainable products within the workplace is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you produce. For example, you could seek alternatives to single-use plastic, such as water bottles.
  • Is there a fee for mixed waste collection in York?

    Costs for commercial dry mixed waste collections vary depending on the number and size of bins you need and how often they’re collected. At Divert we provide free bins but you cover the costs of collection. Domestic mixed recycling should be collected by the City of York council or St. Nick’s for free. 


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