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Compost giveaway ‘a huge success’

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s annual compost giveaways enjoyed one of their most successful years yet – with 5,000 bags given away free to residents. Ten giveaway events were held across the East Riding during May, in Market Weighton, Elloughton, Preston, Driffield, Beverley, Bridlington, Hornsea, Withernsea, Pocklington and Goole.

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 scheme for a number of years and all the compost given away had been 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.

Mike Featherby, the council’s head of Streetscene Services, said: “The annual compost giveaways are our way of thanking residents for their fantastic efforts in recycling their rubbish throughout the year.”