Free compost giveaways - one of the best and busiest years yet

Fri, 14 Jun 2019

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s annual compost giveaways enjoyed one of their busiest and best years yet – with 5,000 bags given away free to residents.

Nine giveaway events were held across the East Riding during May in Driffield, Beverley, Preston, Goole, Pocklington, Carnaby, Withernsea, Hornsea and Elloughton.

There was a large turn-out at each site with residents queuing up in their cars to collect two free 15kg bags of compost.

It proved so popular that every spare bag of compost at each location was handed out.

The council has been running the compost giveaway scheme for a number of years.

All the compost given away at the events was recycled from the garden and food waste East Riding residents put into their brown bins.

All the waste placed in brown bins – including grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches, leaves, flowers and weeds, all cooked and uncooked food, peelings, plate scrapings, bones, meat and egg shells – gets collected and sent for recycling into quality compost for the garden.

Councillor Chris Matthews, the council’s portfolio holder for strategic management, said: “The council runs the compost giveaways as a way of thanking residents for their fantastic efforts in recycling their rubbish throughout the year.

“I’m pleased the compost giveaways are so popular and that residents can benefit from supporting our recycling schemes.”