Free compost giveaways for East Riding residents

Around 5,000 bags of compost are to be given away free to residents in the East Riding next month.

Compost giveaways

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s annual compost giveaways will be held over two weeks at 10 locations across the area, starting in Beverley on Saturday 12 May.

Residents are invited to go along to their local event to collect two free 15kg bags of compost per car, which will be placed in their vehicles by council staff.

All the compost being given away has been recycled from the food and garden waste residents have put in their brown bins.

All cooked and uncooked food, peelings, plate scrapings, bones, meat, egg shells, grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches, leaves, flowers and weeds placed in the brown bin all get recycled into quality compost.

Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said: “The council has been running the compost giveaways for a number of years as a gesture of thanks to residents for their fantastic efforts in recycling their rubbish.

“The East Riding has the highest recycling rate in England and that’s down to the support of residents.

“It’s great that the recycled garden and food waste can go to good use and return to people’s gardens as compost.”

The giveaways start at 4pm at each site, except the Beverley and Carnaby events which start at 10am.

The giveaways end when all the bags have been handed out on a first come first served basis.

Residents are asked not to queue at the venues beforehand or they may be turned away for safety reasons.

The dates for the compost giveaways are as follows:

  • Saturday, 12 May 10am – Beverley, Beverley council depot, Annie Reed Road, off Grovehill Road and Beck View Road, HU17 0LF.
  • Monday, 14 May 4pm – Market Weighton, Market Car Park, YO43 3AJ
  • Tuesday, 15 May 4pm – Elloughton, Brantingham Park rugby ground, HU15 1HX
  • Wednesday, 16 May 4pm – Preston, South Holderness School (Technical College), HU12 8UZ
  • Thursday, 17 May 4pm – Goole, West Park, DN14 6UU
  • Friday, 18 May 4pm – Pocklington, Henry Thirsk Amenity Centre car park (Pocklington Town AFC), The Balk, YO42 2NZ
  • Saturday, 19 May 10am – Carnaby, council depot, Carnaby Industrial Estate, Lancaster Road YO15 3QY
  • Monday, 21 May 4pm – Withernsea, Pavilion Car Park next to East Riding Leisure Withernsea, Station Road, HU19 2QA
  • Tuesday, 22 May 4pm - Hornsea, Broadway Car Park, HU18 1PZ
  • Friday, 25 May 4pm - Driffield, Driffield Showground, Kelleythorpe, YO25 9DN