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Free compost giveaway returns to Driffield

Gardeners can pick up 30kg of compost for free when East Riding of Yorkshire Council giveaway return this month.

Eight events will be held across the county between Monday 9 May and Saturday 21 May, where around 5,000 bags will be handed out for free to local residents.

Residents are invited to drive along to their nearest event, where two 15kg bags of compost will be placed into each of their car boots.

As always, the compost being given away will be made directly from the garden and food waste which East Riding residents recycle in their brown bins. The compost is best used as a soil improver

The scheme has been running a number of years and returned in September after a Covid break.

Cllr Chris Matthews, the council’s portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: “Compost giveaways are really important because they are the council’s way of giving back to residents and thanking them for continuing to recycle.

“The East Riding is still one of the top areas in the country for recycling and that’s down to the fantastic efforts of residents.”

Brown bins can be used to recycle grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches, leaves, flowers and weeds, all cooked and uncooked food, peelings, plate scrapings, bones, bread, meat, egg shells and small amounts of soups, sauces and gravies – all of it gets collected and then transformed into compost.

The dates for the nearest events to Driffield are:

Tuesday 10th May, 4pm – Hornsea, Broadway Car Park, HU18 1PZ

Saturday 14th May, 10am – Carnaby, council depot, Carnaby Industrial Estate, Lancaster Road, YO15 3QY

Monday 16th May, 4pm – Pocklington, Wolds Gliding Club, Hodsow Lane, YO42 1NP

Friday 20th May, 4pm – Driffield, Driffield Showground, Kelleythorpe, YO25 9DN.

Saturday 21st May, 10am – Beverley, Beverley council depot, Annie Reed Road, off Grovehill Road and Beck View Road, HU17 0LF

Residents are asked not to queue at the venues beforehand or they may be turned away for safety reasons. They are also asked to stay in their vehicles.

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