What goes in your bins in the Selby area?

This service is delivered differently in each area of the county. This information relates to the former district of Selby. Looking for information in another area of the county? You can change the location here.

Find out what general rubbish, gardening and recycling waste can and cannot be put in your waste and recycling bins in the Selby area.

If you have extra paper or card this can be put out at the side of your bin.

Please ensure all containers are fully cleaned before recycling and squash them if you can so they take up less space in your bin.

Cardboard packaging – flattening the boxes will allow more space for more recycling.

Brown recycling bin for paper and card

We will accept:

  • newspapers and magazines
  • telephone directories
  • brochures and catalogues
  • plain wrapping paper without foil or glitter
  • cardboard packaging
  • junk mail
  • office paper
  • envelopes
  • greeting cards - remove ribbons, glitter and craft decorations
  • cereal boxes
  • food packaging 
  • egg boxes 
  • shredded paper  

We will not accept: 

  • food and drinks carton
  • foil and foil-lined packaging 
  • wrapping paper made with foil or glitter 
  • Tetra Pak cartons 

Blue bin for household glass, cans and plastic 

We will accept: 

  • plastic bottles including milk and fabric softener bottles
  • plastic cleaning bottles with trigger spray nozzles
  • all plastic toiletries bottles such as shampoo
  • plastic yoghurt pots, margarine tubs
  • plastic bread bags 
  • plastic food trays (clear and black plastic trays)
  • empty cooking oil bottles
  • plastic chocolate boxes for Quality Street, Celebrations or Heroes 
  • clean ready meal trays (plastic or foil) 
  • empty aerosol cans 
  • glass bottle and jars 
  • clean foil including takeaway containers 
  • empty tins and cans 

We will not accept: 

  • polystyrene
  • glass milk bottles
  • light bulbs or broken glass
  • Pyrex dishes
  • window glass
  • drinking glasses
  • toothpaste tubes (squeezy or pump action tubes)
  • crisps packets, sweet wrappers and other foil lined packaging 
  • glasses or spectacles 
  • soft plastics, bubble wrap, plastic wrapping, thin plastic bags including CPE07 plastics
  • plastic carrier bags 
  • paint cans 
  • medicine blister packs
  • empty toothpaste containers  
  • Tetra Pak cartons
  • children’s toys
  • batteries
  • disposable vapes

Extra glass, cans and plastic can be recycled at one of the Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

Green bin for green and garden waste  

We will accept: 

  • grass cuttings 
  • flowers 
  • plants and weeds 
  • leaves 
  • hedge clippings 
  • prunings, twigs and small branches up to 4cm thick 

We will not accept: 

  • food waste including meat, fish, vegetable peelings or tea bags 
  • nappies 
  • soil, rubble or stones 
  • glass, metal and plastic 
  • treated wood including fencing 
  • animal faeces, bedding or pet litter   
  • turf or compost 
  • plant pots 
  • sacks or plastic bags 
  • Japanese knotweed or other invasive weeds or plants 

If you produce a lot of green waste, you can contact us to order an extra green waste bin. There is a charge for this.

Grey (black) bin for household waste 

Our grey (black) bin is for all non-recyclable waste. 

We will not accept: 

  • batteries
  • waste oil or chemicals
  • medical or clinical waste like sharps or needles
  • large household items – use our bulky waste collection service
  • electrical items
  • asbestos
  • disposable vapes