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Our themes for 2017/18

The Don’t be a Waster – Reduce, Reuse, Respect campaign has focused on the issues we know are important to residents, encouraged community pride and raised awareness across the district of a range of environmental and streetscene issues.

Responsible dog ownership – including picking up after your pet - was a key theme through the Spring – with 48 dogs entering the campaign to be the furry face of the campaign. Won by local Labrador Jeff, the social media based competition attracted a good response with 287 votes being cast during the campaign.

Responsible dog ownership was also highlighted at the three Dogs Trust events that the Council organised earlier this year. These took place in Helmsley, Norton-on-Derwent and Pickering and attracted over 60 dogs and their owners.

A focus on fly-tipping in June saw the Council report live on all aspects of our fly-tipping work – from initial reports to us, investigations by our Community Officers and to gather data on the time dealing with fly-tipping, to highlight how often the Council is dealing with and clearing these incidents.  

The most popular website pages relating to the campaign were those with information on litter action and those around recycling facilities and waste collections.

Early in the campaign, in October, a focus on reducing food waste and using up leftovers saw a popular Love Food Hate Waste roadshow and cookery demonstration take place in Pickering. And at an event in Malton, the Council’s community officers gave away Love Food Hate Waste items, including spaghetti measurers, rice scoops and other kitchen gadgets to help residents reduce their waste.

The campaign has also given away a free compost bin to help cut waste, reduce landfill and produce useful compost to improve the garden.

Councillor Luke Ives, Chairman of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee commented, “We know these issues are important to residents, which is why we’ve been talking about them. We’re now putting in place plans to take the most popular elements of the campaign – litter, dog fouling, waste and fly-tipping – to ensure they remain our priorities going forward.”

Don’t Be A Waster is here to stay and work will continue to ensure residents and communities are doing all they can to keep Ryedale clean and tidy.  For more information about how you can do more for your community in support of the Don’t Be A Waster initiative, please contact the Community Team.

  • September 2017 - We want to see less litter in our district.
  • October 2017 - Make the most of your leftovers - Saving you money, saving your food.
  • November 2017 - What's in your bin and what happens to your waste after we take it away.
  • December 2017 - Christmas doesn't have to be a time of waste and excess - and overflowing bins.
  • January 2018 - Reuse – particularly for furniture and household items.
  • February 2018 - How we can all support community events across the district to litter pick.
  • March 2018 - We're talking about green waste and composting.
  • April 2018 - How we can help tackle it by working with your community.
  • May 2018 - Make do and mend – promoting reuse and repair
  • June 2018 - Fly-tipping is blighting too many parts of the Ryedale district – and is costing residents, businesses, landowners and the council thousands to clear away every year.
  • July 2018 - Environmental crime - how to report and what action we can take.
  • August 2018 - Be a good neighbour – looking at anti-social behaviour, air pollution, bonfires and noise issues.


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Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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