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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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Changes to waste recycling centre arrangements

North Yorkshire County Council has made some changes to the way they operate the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) network to reduce costs in response to tightening budgets. These include charging for the acceptance of tyres, and the new opening hours across all sites of 8:30am to 5.00pm from April to September and 8:30am to […]

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Garden waste collection resumes early March

From Ryedale District Council: For residents subscribing to the Council’s garden waste service, collections will re-start in the week commencing Monday 2 March 2015, following the winter shutdown. Your green licence is valid for collections up until the end of March 2015, so please leave it affixed to your bin. You will need to renew […]

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Last call for ‘brown bin’ licence

Charges for garden waste collections started on 1 June 2014, so your brown bin will now need to display a chargeable licence if future collections are required. Ryedale District Council reports excellent participation in the scheme, with residents from over 10,600 households – 44% of properties in the District – subscribing. There are now just […]

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Win a compost bin

The York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership, in its bid to get people composting at home in 2014, is running a competition to give people the chance to win a compost bin and caddy worth over £30. There are 100 compost bins and caddies to be won. The competition will run for 8 weeks from […]

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Recycle your Christmas tree

Wondering what to do with your old live Christmas tree now that the festivities are over? Far and away the best use was reported on the BBC News: Linton Zoo in Cambridgeshire gives them to their lions, which appear to get high on them in the same way your domestic cat does on catnip! Failing […]

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Recycling Christmas cards

Twelfth night tomorrow, and the time, traditionally, to take down your Christmas cards and decorations. You can, of course, just put your cards in the paper and cardboard recycling bag. We’re advised by the re-cycling unit at Ryedale District Council that if any plastic bits can be removed easily, then that will help enormously, but […]

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Garden waste over winter

As part of Ryedale District Council’s corporate efficiency programme, all collections of garden waste stop during December, January and February and re-start on Monday, 3 March 2014. “The continued and unprecedented scale of cuts in Government funding means that increasingly difficult decisions now have to be taken by the Council regarding delivery of services, “ […]

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Council to charge for garden waste removal

Ryedale District Council has agreed to introduce an annual charge of £27 for emptying a green bin – the one used for garden waste (which is actually brown). While the charge will be voluntary, the authority has warned that the income is needed to protect the service, which it is not obliged to provide because […]

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Residents may be charged for green waste

Residents across Ryedale may be charged for having their green bins collected, with council bosses warning the alternative could be axing their garden waste service and making other cuts. Proposals to introduce a £27 fee for each green bin in 2014/15, and increase this to £36 the following year, will be discussed by a Ryedale […]

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Funding for community reuse projects

Charities and community groups across York and North Yorkshire are being urged to apply for grants to fund projects that will help prevent reusable goods ending up in landfill. The York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership’s Community Reuse Fund supports existing community re-use projects or new projects that will prevent waste. Projects funded so far […]

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Cut-price compost bins, just in time for spring

As every gardener knows, compost is key to growing healthy flowers and vegetables, and the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership is making compost bins available at cut-price rates. The bins are available in two sizes. A 220-litre bin costs £18 and a 330-litre bin costs £20. These prices include delivery of £5.49 per order. […]

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Bag a bargain bin

The York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership are part of a national framework to supply residents with low cost compost bins.  Bins available under this scheme come in two sizes, 220 litre bins are available for £16, and 330 litre bins are £19. Both compost bins are available to buy either one off, or buy […]

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Re-cycle your Christmas tree

Now that the festive season is over, it’s time to think about disposal of live Christmas trees. They can be put in the garden recycling (brown) bin; please remove all decorations, and chop the tree into suitable size pieces to fit into the bin. Any trunk pieces should be not more than 65mm thick (that’s […]

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Volunteers Triumph in North Yorkshire

The North Yorkshire Rotters have been out and about engaging with communities and residents all year – despite the undesirable weather and challenging conditions of 2012. In the last 10 months enthusiastic North Yorkshire Rotter volunteers have attended over 122 event days and have spoken to over 11,500 North Yorkshire residents. Spreading the word of […]

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Ab Fab star backs Christmas Card Recycling Scheme

Joanna Lumley urges you to recycle your Christmas cards. Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley OBE has teamed up with the Woodland Trust and Recycle Now to deliver an early festive reminder to recycle. With new figures revealing that households in England will create an additional three quarters of a million tonnes of waste over Christmas […]

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Recycle your old telly

Viewers across North Yorkshire are being urged to use the region’s digital TV switchover to increase recycling rates. The Tyne Tees region, whose coverage is received in some areas of North Yorkshire, is the last in England to change from an analogue to a digital signal, with the first part of the switch taking place […]

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‘Pulpitations’ – a must visit at Dalby Forest

In this film Niki Hampson founder of ‘Pulpitations’, located in Dalby Forest, describes both her business and the process of papermaking. From her studio, open year round, she makes and sells artwork as well as demonstrating the art of papermaking to visitors. She also teaches the craft to a wide range of organisations and is happy to work […]

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Helmsley upcyclers wanted!

Does anyone else out there have a hobby or business based on upcycling, i.e. making new things out of old things? Out of the huge amount of waste that currently goes to landfill or to costly re-cycling facilities, there are surely many things that can be transformed by human ingenuity and skill to make useful […]

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Don’t bin the bunting

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is appealing for any unwanted red, white and blue bunting after all the summer festivities are completed. Marketing Manager Danielle Ramsey explains “The idea is to collect any unwanted bunting over the summer in order to store it for use at a later stage at events held on the Railway. Many […]

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What happens to recycling

Ever wondered what happens to all the recyclable material that Ryedale District Council collects from our kerbside and from recycling stations?  Well, we asked them, and this is what they said: The Council has access to a transfer station in Showfield Lane, Malton where recyclable materials collected from the kerbside are initially bulked up. From […]

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