Household waste and recycling during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Find information about how Household Waste Recycling Centres are operating during coronavirus.

Household waste recycling centres

19 Household Waste Recycling Centres open

Most of our Household Waste Recycling Centres are open. Please only use them if absolutely necessary and waste materials cannot be stored safely at home. 

Most sites will be open their normal hours of 8:30am to 5pm everyday except Wednesdays. West Harrogate is open seven days a week. 

For safety reasons, we are unable to reopen Harrogate Stonefall or any mobile HWRCs at this current time.


To allow us to operate the centres safely, the following rules will be in place:

  • Trailers will not be allowed into the centres during this time
  • Commercial waste will not be accepted
  • Commercial like vehicles for household waste are allowed as long as they are pre-registered with us. You can find out more about how to do this on our vehicles allowed to use household waste recycling centres page.
  • To avoid overcrowding we will be operating a queuing system for vehicles
  • There will be a cut-off point for the queues into the centre so you may be asked to come back at a different time if the queue becomes too long
  • Only one person will be allowed out of the vehicle to dispose of waste, wherever possible, to keep the number of people on the site to a minimum
  • To maintain social distancing, staff will not be able to help you dispose of waste so please only bring what you can manage yourself
  • The normal rules will apply for non-commercial chargeable waste and payments will only be accepted using cards, contactless where possible
  • Please wash your hands before and after attending and, if possible, wear gloves
  • You must follow the Government guidance on social distancing and stay at least 2m apart at all times
  • Please make sure your items are sorted in your car as much as possible before you arrive to help speed up use of the site and reduce queuing

Household collections of rubbish, recycling and garden waste

Most household recycling and waste collections in North Yorkshire are operating normally and everyone should continue to reduce, reuse and recycle as much of their waste as possible in line with the guidance provided by your district or borough council. Get more information where you live: Craven District CouncilHambleton District CouncilHarrogate Borough CouncilRichmondshire District CouncilRyedale District CouncilScarborough Borough Council and Selby District Council.

Your district or borough council may have to temporarily change or suspend some non-essential collection services like garden waste, bulky waste and even recycling as time goes on so check with them if you are unsure.

Get tips on how to reduce waste here.

Rubbish generated whilst ill at home

Government guidance on disposal of waste from anyone who feels ill at home (whether diagnosed with COVID-19 or not) is that personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Read Public Health England advice on cleaning and the disposal of waste.

Food and Garden waste

If you are finding the excess food and garden waste are becoming an issue, our composting page has plenty of advice on how to home compost and subsidised compost bins are still available to purchase online where they will be delivered to your home.

Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website to learn more about how you can reduce food waste, save money and help the environment. The website offers meal-planning tips and recipes, ideas on how to use leftovers and information on how to store your food so it stays fresher for longer.

North Yorkshire Rotters

The North Yorkshire Rotters are not attending any of their planned events. Find out about the Rotters.

Other service disruption

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