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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Green-fingered residents get garden boost, thanks to compost wins

Four green fingered residents will be giving their growing gardens a boost after winning hot composters.

The garden aid works in the same way as a traditional compost bin where food waste is added and compost is produced but its contents reach higher temperatures, speeding up the process. This means cooked and processed food can be added.

Sandra Donnelly from Northallerton, Neil Thompson from Hutton Rudby, Hilary Loble from Stokesley and David Turner from Great Smeaton won the competition during last week's National Compost Week. 

Recycling officer Jennifer Lowes said: "Composting organic waste at home reduces the waste we send to landfill significantly reducing carbon emissions plus you get the benefit of producing something for free."

Saturday, 1 February 2014

This offer is a load of rot and that's fine for the gardeners

Richmondshire residents have the opportunity to start composting for under a £10 this month.

The district council in partnership with the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership is holding three one day sales of compost bins from only £8.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

A rotten offer and green-minded gardeners will be happy

Be a Rotter ... council chiefs are
offering an incentive to get composting.
Green-minded North Yorkshire folks are being offered cut-price composters as an incentive to get composting this autumn.

With summer over and the process of tidying up the garden under way, the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership is offering subsidised bins to encourage people to create their own nutrient-rich, free supply of compost.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

A rubbish offer to delight gardeners

Green-minded gardeners in Hambleton and Richmondshire are being offered the opportunity to buy cut-price compost bins but only while stocks last.

The offer is being made by the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership scheme which says that using the bins, priced £18 for a 220 litre and £20 for a 330 litre, including delivery, creates nutritious compost and reduces the amount of rubbish destined for landfill.

Further information: and for advice on composting and how to reduce food and garden waste, contact the North Yorkshire Rotters on 01609 532045 or

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Flower show's greenhouse project definitely has a lotta bottle

The team at this year's Harrogate Spring Flower Show is on the hunt for 2,000 plastic drinks bottles — that can be used for visitors to build a greenhouse.

By the end of the show, from 25 – 28 April at the Great Yorkshire Showground, the team plans to have built a full-sized two by three metre greenhouse capable of growing anything from cucumbers to carnations.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Video campaign puts residents and commuters in the green travel picture

On yer bike! Cycling is one of the
greener options highlighted.
A series of videos has been launched showing the range of green-friendly ways of getting around York.

The  i-Travel York initiative found volunteers and filmed them going about their daily journeys to work which included walking, cycling, and public transport. The videos are now available to view on YouTube and the i-Travel York website.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

A green Christmas is a money saver

A green Christmas saves money. That's what North Yorkshire County Council is telling its residents as they prepare for their festive celebrations.

With the economic challenges hitting household purses, the authority is reminding folks that being green makes financial sense and helps the planet.

With this in mind, it has come up with the following suggestions:

Give a green gift
Unusual Christmas presents can be found in charity shops, or you can add a personal touch by making this a homemade holiday. Small, meaningful homemade gifts bring extra joy to loved ones. To find the best charity shop chic or to find clothing to enhance and furniture to renovate yourself, visit our reuse directory.

For something totally different, give an unforgettable Christmas gift — buy a compost bin. With bins available from £16 plus delivery, it's an easy way to reduce waste and produce free compost to benefit the recipient's garden. Fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells, cereal boxes, toilet roll tubes, Christmas wrapping paper and even sticking tape are among the wide range of items that help to produce perfect compost. Find information on composting and how to buy a bin.

Food and drink
We like to have plenty of food and drink at Christmas, and on average households spend £169 on the big Christmas shop. But these days, many of us struggle to find the money to pay for it.

That's why Love Food Hate Waste has come up with a series of money and time-saving tips to take you right through the run up to Christmas and the holidays themselves. There are hints and tips to reduce food waste, including new and exciting ways to use up leftover festive food, such as turkey, cranberry sauce and vegetables. You can mix and match the tips to see what works best for you.

Out with the old...
If Santa Claus is likely to bring new clothes, electrical equipment and other gifts, you get ready for these new items by clearing out your cupboards. Clothing, furniture, household wares and working electrical items can all be donated to charity shops and furniture reuse organisations. Find your nearest shops and organisations.

Other items — including glass, plastic bottles and broken electrical items — can be recycled at one of the household waste recycling centres in North Yorkshire. The centres are open 8.30am to 4pm six days a week with all centres closed on Wednesday. The centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Find your local centre at

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

York pushes sustainable travel

York — a city building a strong reputation for a focus on sustainable travel — is staging its first event for travel planners.

The council's iTravel York programme networking event is being held to provide travel planners from across the city an opportunity to share best practice and work jointly on initiatives such as cycle challenges, shared parking and business parks.

The session, on Friday (7 December), will also allow the council to communicate the initiatives and incentives it offers businesses wanting to promote sustainable travel within their organisation.

Among the speakers will be Ginny Leonard, development officer at national cycling charity CTC.

Councillor Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: “Work related travel and problems with journey reliability can be a major expense to businesses. This event will provide a platform for travel planners to meet with likeminded people and discuss how they can work together to create practical solutions.”

Ginny Leonard, said: “I’m really looking forward to being part of this event, sharing CTC’s experience of supporting cycling development and cycling to work.”

The event is running from 8-11am on Friday at the Monkbar hotel.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Monkbar Hotel gives its green business credentials an extra charge

York’s Best Western Monkbar Hotel is charging ahead with its bid to be the greenest venue in the city centre.

The establishment, already crowned with the Green Business Tourism Gold Award, has had a number of charging points fitted to enable electric cars to “fill up.”

The hotel is one of a growing number of hotels in the group to have facilities for battery-powered vehicles. 

For its latest environmentally-friendly initiative, it teamed with City of York Council which is trialing electric cars for the authority’s own use. Running costs of an electric car are roughly 2p per mile and they can travel up to 100 miles between charges.

Hotel manager Graham Usher said: “The electric car charging points are part of our continuing efforts to operate in a more environmentally-friendly way.

“City of York Council has been really helpful, and, thanks to them, we have now got two dedicated car charging bays.

“This is one extra ‘charge’ that I think all guests will welcome.”

Derek McCreadie, the council's low emission officer, said: “The Monkbar Hotel is pioneering the way for zero emission transport and tourism in York. “Cleaner vehicles means better air quality and health for all in York.”

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Use digital switchover to switch on to recycling, urges county council

Viewers across North Yorkshire are being encouraged to use the digital TV switchover to boost recycling.

The Tyne Tees region is the last in England to switch from an analogue to a digital signal. The first part of the changeover took place earlier this month with the second phase scheduled for 26 September.

North Yorkshire County Council is urging people who buy new television sets for the changeover to be sure to recycle their old receivers at one of the council’s twenty household waste recycling centres, where they can be dismantled to separate the materials for further processing.

Up to 98 per cent of the materials salvaged from old televisions can be recycled.

“The digital switchover does not need to create more waste,” said county councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for waste management.

“If people take their TVs to one of our household waste recycling centres, the county council will make sure they are all recycled safely.”

For more information about the digital switchover, visit

To find the location of the nearest household waste recycling centre and opening times, visit or contact Waste and Countryside services on 01609 532512.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Malton folks think green and save cash

It's a case of give and take again in Malton on Saturday 29 September.

The fourth Give or Take Day allows people to donate unwanted household items, such as clothing or small items of furniture and, at the same time, pick up something they need – for free.
It's the latest in the series of popular days organised by the Malton Quakers and is being held at the Friends Meeting House, at the bottom of Greengate from 9:30 am to 12:30pm.

John Woods from Malton Quakers said, “By simply exchanging goods we can all save a bit of money. Too many usable items end up in landfill, which could easily be re-used, so we are hosting this community event, as well as drawing attention to National Quaker Week."

Ryedale District Council is adding its weight to the events. Recycling officer John Brown said: “Re-use of household items is a much better option than disposal. Most people in the Malton area will have items they no longer need or use, so why not pass these on for re-use rather than discard them."

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Settle celebrates recycling success

On its tenth birthday, a Dales household waste recycling centre is being hailed a success by county council chiefs.

The centre on Settle's Sowarth Field industrial estate was opened after the old Langcliffe site closed to allow the Yorkshire Dales National Park to provide parking for visitors to the former Craven Limeworks' Hoffman Kiln, the nation's best industrial scale lime kiln.

In its first year of operation, only bric-a-brac, scrap metal, engine oil, car batteries and gas cylinders were accepted for reuse or recycling. The rest of the waste delivered to the site was taken to landfill. Seventy one tonnes were reused or recycled and 1,417 tonnes were sent to landfill.

Since then, the number of materials collected at the site for reuse or recycling has risen to 28, including garden waste, which is taken to be composted. Recent figures show a more than seven-fold increase in the annual amount of materials collected for reuse or recycling. A further 226 tonnes of garden material were sent for composting and 623 tonnes of waste ended up in landfill.

Other improvements over the past ten years include improved signage and customer service, with two staff members now available during opening hours. Compaction skips have also been introduced for some of the more common materials, increasing the quantity that can be collected in a skip and reducing the frequency of changeovers of the compactors. This helps to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicle movements in the area.

Waste management executive member county councilor Chris Metcalfe said: "Thanks to local residents separating their waste, and the increase in types of materials accepted for reuse, recycling and composting at Settle, it has become one of our best performing sites."

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

It's a load of old rot but gardeners will love to know about it

Helmsley's Walled Garden is the place to be this Friday (31 August) be for environmentally-sound gardeners wanting tips on how to get stuck into the practice of composting.

North Yorkshire's "compost doctors" and "rotters" will be hand on for a drop-in clinic to diagnose and cure compost problems and advise on waste reduction between 11am and 4pm.

They'll be showing the public how to help reduce pollution, conserve water, grow healthy fruit and vegetables, encourage wildlife, provide an alternative to peat, save money and reduce the need for garden bonfires.

The compost doctors and rotters are trained volunteers who work to raise awareness of home composting and waste reduction campaigns across the county.

Further information is available by calling volunteer coordinator Rebecca Wilson on 01609 797212 or email

Friday, 17 August 2012

Money gone to waste and gardeners will be delighted

Green-minded residents from Hambleton and Richmondshire can get their hands on a compost bin for under a tenner at a one-day sale in Northallerton on 5 September.

The York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership has reduced the price of the 330 litre bins – which are perfect for composting fruit and vegetable peelings, paper and card, garden cuttings and grass – to just £8.

The sale takes place at Northdale Horticulture on Yafforth Road from 4pm to 6.30pm

Bins can be ordered ready for collection by calling North Yorkshire County Council’s waste and countryside services on 01609 532512 by 4pm on 31 August. Organisers say there will be a limited number of composters on the day.

Proof of address must be presented on the day.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Be creative and breathe new life into old items, say recyclers

Recycling can bring out the creative person inside us as an event at York Designer Outlet will show later this month.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to make a shopping bag out of an umbrella, make a bespoke teddy bear from a baby grow or learn how to redesign old furniture and homewares.

The latest Choose2Reuse event on Saturday 25 August will show people how to prevent reusable goods from becoming waste. The campaign is run by the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership.

The fair will be promoting re-thinking, re-designing, repairing, mending and buying second hand to extend the life of every day items. It will feature more than 30 stalls of unique, upcycled and customised goods, and a series of practical demonstrations throughout the day.

Councillor David Levene, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Last year in York alone 53,490 tonnes of rubbish was landfilled – a number which must decrease.

"A lot of people have never considered reusing goods, or simply don’t know how to. Reusing goods is a fantastic way to reduce the amount of goods we send to waste, and the Choose2Reuse Fair will give people all the help and inspiration they need to get started.”

The fair will be held in a marquee outside the outlet from 10am-6pm. Entry is free.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

York seminar tells firms to go green to be more competitive

Business can be more competitive if they are sustainable, delegates will be told at a green seminar in York tomorrow (Wednesday).

City of York Council has joined forces with Yorkshire Energy Partnership to support a scheme to help businesses become more environmentally sound.

The Investors in the Environment scheme sees firms completing a list of energy-saving actions, rewarding them with a recognised environmental accreditation that helps them become more robust, sustainable and attract new customers. 

And the financial and environmental benefits the scheme brings will be spotlighted at the first seminar at the city's National Railway Museum tomorrow from 9.30am-12.30pm. It is open to all business delegates free of charge.

The seminar will demonstrate the business benefits of making environmental improvements such as saving water, energy and waste, and show delegates how some simple changes, along with the right marketing strategy, can increase competitive edge.

Councillor Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: “Investors in the Environment will help businesses to save money, grow and attract new customers. It will also help us to reduce the environmental impacts of our businesses – including reducing city-wide carbon emissions and the amount of waste we dispose of in the city. The more iiE actions businesses can take, the more money they can save.”

The scheme has three accreditation levels, meaning that businesses of all sizes can benefit and be kept up to date with new funding structures and government environmental legislation. Members will also benefit from a free events programme and plenty of networking opportunities, both locally and regionally.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Campaigners show they've got a lotta bottle for tackling waste

Monday sees the start of Recycling Week and City of York Council is using the opportunity to push its zero waste challenge.

The focus of this year’s week is on the plastic bottle. With less than 50 per cent of plastic bottles making it to the recycling bin, and more than 15 million used daily, the push is being made for people to ensure they recycle all bottles during Euro 2012 in their kerbside box or bin.

Campaign organisers say that if everyone in the UK recycled one more plastic bottle during recycle week, the nation would have saved enough energy to power 71,000 plasma screen TVs for a year.

City of York council believes Recycling Week offers an ideal opportunity to push further towards its zero waste target.

Councillor Sandy Fraser, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “The response to the Zero Waste York challenge so far has been fantastic. Last year, residents recycled or composted around 47 per cent of household waste, but this year we want to take this figure even higher.

“The challenge started with residents in communal properties being asked how they felt they could recycle more and what challenges they faced when trying to increase their own recycling.

"Over the coming weeks the Zero Waste York team at City of York Council have pledged to use the information gathered to improve recycling facilities in communal properties.”

Throughout the year, the team will be work with communities across the city to increase recycling and reduce waste by one percent, which works out at about 900 tonnes of rubbish across the city.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

University's green initiatives have folks voting with their feet

Transport initiatives by the University of York to cut vehicle movements and boost alternative travel in and around campus are paying dividends, according to new figures.

The latest annual transport survey, which goes before City of York Council shortly, suggests that traffic has fallen by 5.3 per cent in the past year while there was an increase of a third in the number of people cycling. The number of walkers and those travelling by bus also showed increases.

The encouraging figures come despite an increase in the number of people working and studying on the site from 16,706 to 19,234.

In the past year, vehicle movements have fallen from 10,380 to 9,824, cycle journeys have risen from 4,347 to 5,764 and the number of pedestrians has risen from 13,342 to 14,638 in the same period.

The number of bus movements has risen from 410 to 453, though there has also been a small increase in journeys by commercial vehicles.

The consultants who carried out the survey say the increase in cycle and pedestrian trips is likely to be the result of the university’s investment in improving the cycle and footway infrastructure on campus.

Friday, 18 May 2012

A load of rot: but gardeners will like cut-price composter deal

Green-fingered folks in Catterick, Norton and Selby are being offered the opportunity to get composting at bargain-basement prices.

The York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership, which comprises North Yorkshire County Council, the seven district councils and City of York Council, is subsidising compost bins so they're available for £8 each.

Composting food and garden waste is an easy way to reduce the amount of waste produced. Fruit and vegetable peelings, paper and card, egg shells, grass and vegetarian pet bedding are among the items that can help produce nutrient rich compost at home.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe said: “By composting at home, residents can reduce the contents of their waste bin by 30 per cent, and produce compost perfect for the garden.”

The bins will be on sale at the following locations:

Catterick Garrison Library, Wednesday May 30, between 4pm and 7pm
  • Selby Community Centre, Scott Road, Selby, Wednesday June 13, between 4pm and 7pm
  • Norton Library, Wednesday June 27 between 4pm and 7pm

The bins can be bought either on the day of a sale or by ordering and paying in advance. The deadline for advance ordering is 4pm the Friday before the sale.