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Your recycling questions answered

Why can't I put glass in the blue lidded wheeled bin?

Glass must be kept separate and out of the paper stream for safety reasons and effective recycling. It must be placed in the blue box. If glass is placed in the wheeled bin it will contaminate the bin and not be emptied.

Why can't I recycle black plastic?

Plastic items are sorted by optical scanners which use the reflection of light to identify the types of plastics. Black plastic doesn’t reflect light, so it cannot be seen and sorted by the scanners and could end up contaminating other materials. Studies are currently looking into whether adding a pigment or marking to the trays would make the material detectable and recoverable.

Why can’t I recycle plastic bags, film or cling film?

Plastic bags are still not as widely recycled as other forms of plastic. Typically made of low-density polyethylene (LDPE, number 4 plastic), plastic bags and films are difficult to recycle because they are thin and flexible. The recycling sorting equipment is designed to separate rigid materials like cans, bottles or paper products. When plastic bags get mixed in with other recyclables, they’re difficult to sort out and often jam or damage machines at the sorting facility and slow down the recycling process. The covering of items with film can also mean the rejection of otherwise good materials. However, some types of plastic films can be recycled in the carrier bag collection points at the larger stores of most major supermarket including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Co-op and Waitrose.

Can I recycle shredded paper?

Yes, but it needs to be contained in either a cardboard box such as a cereal box or in tied in a clear plastic bag so that the recycling crews can clearly see that it contains shredded paper.

Can I have an extra recycling bin and/or box?

Yes, but the containers must be put out for collection every fortnight - material should not be stockpiled. Material should be flat-packed as much as possible, especially cardboard boxes. Only council provided bins will be emptied - if you use a bin that you have purchased privately it will not be emptied.

What time must bins and boxes be at the kerbside?

Recycling bins and boxes must be out for collection no earlier than the evening before the collection day and by 6am at the latest. If they are not available from this time they may not be collected.

Where do I put the bin and box for collection?

Place them in the same location as used for refuse collection.

How are the containers emptied?

The contents of the glass box are tipped into a separate pod to be tipped mechanically into the collection vehicle. The wheeled bin containing co-mingled materials is lifted mechanically and emptied into the vehicle.

What happens if I put the wrong things in the wrong container?

Bins that contain the wrong materials cannot be emptied - a notice will be issued informing you of the incorrect material and you will be required to remove it before the next collection.

I live in a terraced house with no front to rear access and nowhere to store bins. I am on black sack collection for refuse - what do I use for recycling?

You use the box for glass collection and rolls of recycling sacks are issued for mixed materials.

I live in a flat - can I recycle?

Some properties - including flats - are allocated communal recycling wheeled bins. Generally communal containers are moved to and from the storage area by the collection crew.

I live on a farm - will I get a collection?

Yes, but where there are three or fewer properties up a lane the collection will normally be from the lane end. If there are more than three properties we will go up the lane to collect as long as the lane is in good condition, has suitable passing places and a turning place available at all times. However this is subject to a site location survey.

I am on the black sack collection - how will I get the sacks?

Residents of properties where it is not suitable to use wheeled bins should contact the council to arrange and discuss delivery of sacks. Alternatively sacks and extra boxes can be collected from the council offices in Northallerton, Easingwold and Stokesley.

Can I still get an assisted collection?

If you have assisted collection for refuse, you will get one for recycling.

Do I have to buy the wheeled bin?

No, they are free of charge. Developers may have to pay for bins at new properties.

Who owns the bins?

The bins remain the property of the Council and must be left at the property when you move.

Can I personalise my bin?

Yes, put your house name or number on the bin and box so they can be easily recognised, especially at communal collection points.

My recycling has been missed - when will it be collected?

If it is a genuine missed collection we will try to return within two working days or as agreed. However there may be times when poor weather makes this impossible.

If I deal with my own recycling can I have my Council tax back?

No. Council tax pays for a multitude of services with waste collection only being a small part of the annual figure. Band D properties pay £89.48 for 2016-17 to Hambleton District Council which covers all services provided by the council, with only 93p a week paying for refuse and recycling collections. The rest goes to North Yorkshire County Council, Fire Service, Police and Parish or Town Councils.

Why have the recycling sites been removed?

By providing increased kerbside recycling the recycling centres are no longer needed. The Council will make significant savings as the costs of servicing these sites was high.

When am I going to get a reply to my email/letter/phone call?

We will reply to all emails and phone calls as soon as possible. Written correspondence will be replied to within ten working days.

Where can I take my excess recycling?

The Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips) are still in operation and can be found at;

  • Leeming Bar Household Waste Recycling Centre, Tutin Road, Leeming Bar Industrial Estate, Leeming Bar, DL7 9UJ
  • Northallerton Household Waste Recycling Centre, Yafforth Road, Northallerton, DL7 0LG
  • Sowerby Household Waste Recycling Centre, Ox Moor Plantation Lane, Sowerby, Thirsk, YO7 1FA
  • Stokesley Household Waste Recycling Centre, 8 Ellerbeck Court, Stokesley Business Park, Stokesley, TS9 5PT
  • Tholthorpe Household Waste Recycling Centre, Flawith Lane, Tholthorpe, YO61 1SG

Opening times;

All are closed on Wednesdays

  • April - September: 8.30am - 5pm
  • October - March: 8.30am - 4pm


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