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Practical action to boost recycling – join us next Tuesday!

Got two hours spare? That’s all it takes to help save huge quantities of aluminium cans, glass and plastic bottles from ending up in landfill after Ryedale Show, according to Helmsley resident and Green town councillor Erica Rose. She is organising a group of volunteers to go along after the Show ends on July 26th and retrieve recyclables […]

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Resource Rescue after Ryedale Show: join us!

Got two hours spare? That’s all it takes to help save huge quantities of aluminium cans, glass and plastic bottles from ending up in landfill after Ryedale Show, according to Helmsley resident and Green town councillor Erica Rose. She is organising a group of volunteers to go along after the Show ends on July 26th and retrieve recyclables […]

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Community Clear Up Day!

Saturday 21 March is the official start of spring and whether you’re a group of friends and neighbours, a litter clean-up group, a local business, a school or on your own, what better way to kick off the season than with a big spring clean? It’s really simple and fun to take part in Community […]

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National Marine Charity Urges Yorkshire Residents To Take Up Beach Cleaning Challenge

The Marine Conservation Society is looking for people to join beach cleans around the county coastline. The UK’s leading marine charity says it hopes people who love the coast around Yorkshire will take part in a nationwide beach clean event which includes clean-ups at Robin’s Hood Bay, Scarborough, Filey and Flamborough. The Marine Conservation Society […]

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The Crap Fairy Blog: A litter-picker’s journal (10th May)

Ah, ‘heritage’ – the El Dorado of marketing – it’s everywhere, isn’t it? All those dinky jars of jam with the word ‘cottage’ somewhere on the label and a bit of gingham on top, the gardening tools (made in China and bend the first time you use them) that look like props from Downton Abbey, the stripy […]

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The Crap Fairy on tour: Orkney

Yes, we thought, standing at the edge of Rackwick Bay on a day of soft rain, watching the gannets plummeting into the sea after fish, this is what we came for. There were the mist-veiled cliffs, the hushing waves and behind it all a vast quiet that – for all we could tell – stretched […]

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The Crap Fairy Blog: a litter-picker’s weekly journal (29th July)

Pick of the week:   Un-Rubbish What do you call a container that’s light, transparent, waterproof, will not rot, has an airtight seal, and can last usefully for years? Yup, that’s it: and here are three that I found this week, shoved under a hedge in a lay-by, along with a couple of sandwich boxes and […]

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The Crap Fairy Blog: a litter-picker’s weekly journal

Pick of the Week: 98 metres of plastic string I started off this week thinking about deferred gratification. Not a topic with a clear application to the Crap Fairy metier, you might think; more to do with getting your homework done before you go out, or Laurie Lee writing about how he deliberately put off […]

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The Crap Fairy Blog: a litter-picker’s weekly journal

So here are the burger boxes, and all looking pretty much as crap as they usually do (especially lying around the countryside) and certainly every bit as crap as one another, anyway. But – AHA! – not all these burger boxes are crap in quite the same way. *smirks annoyingly* Oh all right, if you […]

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The Crap Fairy Blog

… is written by a member of Kirkby Environment Group (KMEG), recording her weekly litter-picking exploits along the A170 between Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside. Each week features a “Pick of the Week” litter item, which makes a starting point for some (mostly quizzical) reflections. Although appearing here for the first time, The Crap Fairy Blog will […]

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Dog fouling campaign sees patrols out on the streets

Ryedale residents are being urged to add their support to a campaign to crackdown on irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up after their pet. Following consultation with local people Safer Ryedale are working in partnership to tackle dog fouling – one of the main complaints highlighted by the Ryedale Community! Patrols will be […]

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Do you love or loathe your street?

The hunt is on to find the best and worst examples of street maintenance in the UK! Whether you’re quietly fuming about cracked and broken pavements or if you love the street where you live, this is the opportunity to make your nomination for the Living Streets’ State of Our Streets Awards. The national charity […]

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Volunteers keeping Ryedale tidy

It has been very encouraging to see an increase in community groups volunteering to do local litter-picks and other local improvement initiatives across the District. This year there have been a number of new community groups eager to get involved in keeping their local area a pleasant place to live. In recognition of the excellent […]

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Enjoyed the beach this summer?

Some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter in our seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in litter. Litter on our beaches is also hazardous to people so we all have a part to play in turning the tide on litter. Time to get involved in Beachwatch […]

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