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Recycling - information and advice

There are facilities in the Harrogate district for the public to recycle:

  • glass bottles and jars
  • newspapers and magazines
  • card
  • mixed cans
  • junk mail
  • books
  • fruit juice etc. cartons (e.g. Tetrapak)
  • textiles, including shoes
  • plastic bottles

To find your nearest recycling site and what items can be recycled there, visit the recycle now website

What happens to Harrogate's recycling materials?

Recycling material collected from kerbsides by Harrogate Borough Council is initially taken to the Claro Road recycling facility. Glass, cans and plastic are then transferred to Yorwaste's Materials Recycling Facility at Hessay, near York and Seamer Carr, near Scarborough for sorting and baling. Eventually, the materials are sent to the following outlets

Steel cans are sent to Tata Steel in Scunthorpe (through TJ Thompson, which is an approved supplier of Tata Steel).

Aluminium cans are collected by Yorwaste and taken to Hessay, before being sent to Novelis in Warrington. Novelis is the world's leading aluminium can recycler.

Glass is picked up by Yorwaste and then taken directly to Glass Recycling UK in Barnsley.

Paper and card is collected by Yorwaste and taken to Hessay, before being sent to the UPM paper mill in Shotton, Wales.

Plastic bottles will go to Roydon Group in Manchester, JA Young in Leicester, Corby and Derby and Eco Plastics in Lincolnshire.

Electrical Equipment

Some high street retailers provide an in-store take back scheme to customers for electrical and electronic items, when you purchase a new item from them. However, not all shops do this, so it is best to check which stores currently offer a take back scheme first.


Distributors of portable batteries and accumulators will have to provide an in-store battery take-back facility for any member of the public who has some batteries to dispose of. Most large retailers that sell batteries will now have a take back facility for you to recycle your old batteries.

Textile Recycling

Bag It Up run textile recycling banks through out the region, raising thousands of pounds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Textiles, bras, shoes, mobile phones and printer cartridges are collected and resold to second hand traders.

Local Bag It Up sites include:

  • The Black A Moor Inn, Boroughbridge Road, Bridge Hewick, Ripon, HG4 5AA
  • Majestic Wine,150 Skipton Road
  • The Three Horseshoes, Ripon Road, Killinghall, Harrogate, HG3 2DH
  • Sainsbury's, 5 Market Place East, Ripon, HG4 1BP
  • RAF Menwith Hill Station, Menwith Hill, Harrogate, HG3 2RF
  • Fishergate Car Park, Boroughbridge, YO51 9AL
  • Ainsty Farm Shop, York Road, Green Hammerton YO26 8EQ
  • The Crown Inn, Grewelthorpe Ripon, HG4 3BS
  • Tockwith Village Hall, Marston Road, Tockwith YO26 7QS

For more information, visit the Bag It Up website

Mobile phones, toner/inkjet cartridges and foreign currency can be recycled with Age Concern and Help the Aged


Cartons can be recycled at the following recycling sites:
Dragon Road car park, Morrisons (Harrogate and Boroughbridge), St Marygate Ripon, Southlands car park Pateley Bridge, Coop Jennyfield.

Plastic bags and packaging

For the first time, shoppers can easily recycle thin plastic packaging such as bread bags and cereal liners thanks to an agreement between the country's biggest supermarkets and the On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme. Thin plastic film is fully recyclable but until now most people have had no means of recycling it.

The products involved include: plastic-wrapped bakery goods, breakfast cereal liners, packaging for household goods (toilet roll wrap, kitchen roll wrap) plastic-wrapped grocery produce (fresh and frozen), multipack shrink wrap.

Stores which collect plastic bags for recycling will now accept clean plastic film packaging in the same facilities. A new version of the on-pack label will appear on relevant packaging to encourage customers to dispose of it in this way. Carrier bag banks can be found at branches of Asda, The Co-operative Group, WM Morrison, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose.

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Re-Use Schemes

As the least polluting way of dealing with waste, Harrogate Borough Council support Re-use schemes wherever possible.

If you have something that you no longer want you can take it to one of the local charity shops or visit one of the following websites to find a good home for things that would otherwise go to landfill.


For nearly new baby and children's clothes, toys, prams and equipment at much reduced prices, the Harrogate, Wetherby and Ripon branch of the NCT hold nearly new sales throughout the year.

Unwanted cars

If you have an old car that you no longer require, you could consider donating it to giveacar. A donation, equivalent to the scrap value of the car, is made to a charity of your choice. To find out more about this scheme, see the www.giveacar.co.uk website.

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