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More compost giveaways coming to Driffield later this year

The compost giveaways organised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, including those in Driffield and Carnaby, have proved as popular as ever with residents, with drivers queuing to claim their free bags.

There was a large turnout at the giveaways held at Driffield Showground and the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Carnaby, whilst a total of 5,000 bags of compost were handed out.

However, if anyone missed out, more compost giveaways will be taking place in September.

This second round is being held as an extra thank you to residents in the East Riding, who have kept up the good work in recycling their waste.

All the compost given out is made directly from the garden and food waste that East Riding residents place in their brown bins for recycling.

Organised by the council’s waste and recycling officers, the events were a team effort, with staff from that team, plus from the refuse, street cleaning, and grounds and forestry teams all mucking in.

Cllr Chris Matthews, the council’s portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: “The waste and recycling team has been running the compost giveaways for a number of years and they are always very popular.

“It’s great that we can give even more back to the community by holding a second round in September.

“East Riding residents are some of the country’s top recyclers and it’s all thanks to them for continuing to recycle.”

Residents are urged to take extra care this summer when using brown bins to recycle their food and garden waste.

Compostable caddy bags given out by the council, made from corn starch, are the only bags which should be placed in brown bins.

No other bags are accepted, especially plastic bags.

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, eggshells and small amounts of soups, sauces and gravies, all of it gets collected and then transformed into compost.

Residents are urged to look at the Driffield & Wolds Weekly, for the announcement of September’s events nearer the time.

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