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Another compost giveaway in September

The free compost giveaways, which took place earlier this year in Driffield and Carnaby as well as other locations across the East Riding, proved popular and will be held again in September.

A total of 55 tonnes, around 4,500 bags, of compose was handed out to residents across the nine events, which were hosted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s waste and recycling team.

The positive reaction has seen the council make the decision to host the giveaways later in the year, with details yet to be confirmed.

The second round is being held as an additional thank you to residents for keeping up their good work in recycling their waste.

The giveaways in Driffield and Carnaby saw drivers invited to collect two free 15-kilogram bags of compost.

The events saw staff from the council’s waste and recycling, refuse, street cleaning and grounds and forestry team going along and pitching in.

All the compost given away was recycled from the food and garden waste East Riding residents place in their brown bins.

All brown bin contents get recycled into compost by the Biowise plant in Willerby, where all the giveaway compost came from.

“These compost giveaways were the busiest we’ve held since before the pandemic and we’ve had some great feedback from the residents who came along,” said Councillor Paul West, the council’s portfolio holder for environment and transport.

“We took extra bags of compost along to each site and they all went. Thanks to everyone who turned up and I’m so glad we can do it all again in September.”

Residents are urged to look at future editions of the Wolds Weekly for the announcement of September’s events nearer the time.

The East Riding remains one of the top performing areas in the country for recycling waste.

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.

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

No other bags are accepted, especially plastic bags.

The caddy bags are available free from council customer service centres, libraries, leisure centres and household waste recycling sites.

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