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General waste is the non-recyclable rubbish your York business creates daily. It’s what you throw away in the bin below your desk, in the office kitchen, or on the shop floor – the same as you’d put in your black bin at home. If it’s recyclable, then it should go in your dry mixed recycling bin or paper, cardboard, or plastic recycling bins.

York households send 44.9% of domestic waste for recycling, which means general waste accounts for around 55% of household waste. With a population of more than 200,000 that adds up to a lot of non-recyclable rubbish. Currently, the City of York council provides households with black bins and fortnightly general waste collections.

Businesses must arrange commercial waste collection of general waste – you can’t throw it in household bins for the City of York Council to remove. At Divert we provide free bins for York businesses to store general waste and arrange regular collections on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis.

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A few common examples of general waste businesses in York produce include:

  • Non-recyclable food wrappers and packaging
  • Small bits of scrap food
  • Used paper towels
  • Most polystyrene products
  • Broken ceramic crockery
  • Metal pots and pans

Cover the costs of collection for a stress-free and cost-effective way to dispose of all the general waste your organisation produces. Get a free quote for general waste collection in York – call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online.

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How commercial general waste collection works in York

Even though general waste can’t be recycled, we aim to divert it away from landfill. We’ll deliver free general waste bins for you to fill up to their weight limits. Then one of our trucks will come and collect them at an agreed time and date – with daily, weekly, and fortnightly collections available.

They’ll transport it to a nearby waste management facility in the York area, such as Allerton Waste Recovery Park (AWRP). Here the general waste may be sent for treatment and incineration to produce renewable energy, rather than being added to a landfill. The exact process of what happens to general waste in York depends on the facility.

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Who needs general waste collection in York?

As a business, it’s your responsibility to ensure any general waste is removed from your premises by licensed waste carriers. The easiest way to do this is by using professionals such as Divert. All our drivers are licensed and trained to ensure your general waste in York is collected and disposed of safely, legally, and responsibly.

Every company in York and the surrounding area needs commercial general waste collection. There’ll always be staff and customers throwing away food scraps, chocolate bar wrappers, and crisp packets, no matter how hard you try to recycle everything. General waste bins are essential whatever your industry and location in York. This includes for:

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  • Schools
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  • Shops

Free commercial general waste bins in York 

Choose from a range of wheelie bins to store general waste on your premises in York before it’s collected. This provides an easy way to separate your general waste from recyclable rubbish and ensure all your commercial waste is removed and disposed of properly. Find a size that suits the amount of general waste your York organisation produces.

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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 general waste.

  • 660 litre wheelie bins

    A four-wheel bin that holds 10 to 12 bags of general waste.

  • 1100 litre wheelie bins

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

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Local general waste management sites in York

The two main recycling centres in York are Hazel Court Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) and Towthorpe and Strensall HWRC. If you miss a collection of your household general waste or produce a higher volume, you can dispose of domestic general waste at either site. 

However, commercial general waste is only accepted at Hazel Court HWRC. Charges apply for its disposal based on its weight and whether the trade waste is recyclable or not. Current charges (excluding VAT) are:

  • Non-recyclable waste – £88 for 500kg and below (minimum charge), £170 for up to 1,000kg (one tonne)
  • Recyclable waste – £45 for 500kg and below (minimum charge), £88 for up to 1,000kg (one tonne)
  • 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 general waste collection in York?

Save money and help York go greener with general waste collection by Divert. As we divert as much general waste as possible away from landfill it saves you money on landfill tax when disposing of non-recyclable rubbish. Free bins with no rental charges make getting rid of your daily general waste in York even more affordable.

Our Divert team is based in York and has strong connections to various waste management facilities across the city that offer an alternative treatment for general waste. A truly local connection means we work with facilities that aim to benefit York as well as your business when disposing of general waste.


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Arrange general waste collection in York

Get a free quote for general waste collection in York. Select the number and sizes of bins you need and how often you want them collected and tell us where your business is in York. We’ll provide a free no obligation quote and can arrange delivery of your free bins and collections when it suits you. Speak to one of our friendly team if you’ve got any questions or want more information about getting rid of general waste in York. Call 0333 444 0118 or contact us online to start saving on your general waste removals in York.

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York general waste FAQs

  • Where can you collect general waste in York?

    We collect general waste from businesses anywhere in York and the many surrounding towns and villages. This includes offices close to Clifford’s Tower, hotels near York racecourse, shops in the city centre, and businesses beyond the A64 such as in Stockton on the Forest, Sheriff Hutton and more.

    Book general waste collection in:

    • 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 general waste collected in York?

    You can arrange regular commercial general waste collection in York on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis. We also offer one-off collections if you need an emergency collection and disposal of your company’s general waste. Combine the best bin sizes and collection schedule to suit your needs and budget.

    The City of York council currently collects household general waste bins every fortnight.

  • How can I reduce the amount of general waste my business generates in York?

    York businesses have a responsibility to put practical solutions in place to reduce the amount of general waste they produce. This could include:

    • Turning down single-use plastics or similar products. Instead, focus on sourcing sustainable materials for your daily operations.
    • Reusing products where possible, as opposed to disposing of them outright.
    • Ensuring all waste is segregated correctly and that all items placed within the general waste bin belong there and not in a recycling bin.
    • Putting together an effective waste management plan that allows business owners to minimise their impact on the environment through safe and secure waste disposal.
  • Is there a fee for general waste collection in York?

    General waste collection for households in York is free and taken care of by the City of York council. Businesses must pay for general waste collection in York by licensed waste carriers. We provide free bins for your commercial general waste, but you cover the costs of collection. 

    The fee for commercial general waste collection depends on the number and size of bins you use, your location, and how often you need them collected.