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Recycle, reduce and reuse advice and information

Please follow this link for details of any changes to our waste and recycling collection services during COVID-19.


Hints, tips, information and advice to help you recycle at home.

A map showing the recycling sites and details of what can be recycled is available on the Household waste sites (tips) and recycling centres page.

Here's a handy PDF to show you what we do recycle and what we're working on being able to recycle. 

Home composting is an easy way to reduce your household waste and produce compost for free. Composting can be done in either a container or a traditional heap.

Get Composting is working with City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council to provide an exclusive offer on home compost bins. Two sizes of compost bin are available: the 220-litre Compost Converter at £12 and the 330-litre Compost Converter at £15. To order a bin, call 0844 571 4444 or visit Get Composting or they are also available from the local Household Waste and Recycling Sites.

Other products such as caddies, wormeries and kitchen composters can also be purchased.

Help and advice
North Yorkshire County Council website has ideas, advice and information about how to make compost and how to use it in your garden.

If you have large quantities of garden waste to dispose of there are a number of options available.

  • If you subscribe to the Garden Waste Service, garden waste can gradually be disposed of using the brown wheeled bin over a number of weeks. This can include grass cuttings, windfalls, flowers and plants, hedge clippings, leaves and bark, weeds, turf, hay, straw (but nothing that may be contaminated with dog or cat waste), small branches and prunings
  • The waste may be taken to any Household Waste and Recycling Site, where separate recycling facilities are available for garden waste. See our Household Waste Disposal Sites page for more information

All the garden waste collected from your home, goes to local farmers to be composted, so it's important that there is no plastic or any other contamination in the bin.

The North Yorkshire Rotters are fully trained volunteers who offer advice on composting and reducing your food and garden waste and can help if you want to know more about composting or are experiencing problems with your compost. Email the Rotters or telephone 01609 797212 for advice.


  • Get rid of unwanted advertising or promotional materials - find out how to stop junk mail. See below
  • Think before you shop - you can stop the waste coming into your home, for example, you could buy rechargeable batteries or items with less packaging. You can also use real crockery for parties instead of disposable ones.
  • Waste less food - only buy what you need and check what date labels mean on food before you throw it away. Learn how to avoid food waste. See below
  • Use real nappies - disposable ones create a lot of waste. Find out more on the Go Real - The Real Nappy Information Service website
  • Save water - this is not only good for the environment but it saves you money too. Check out our top tips on saving water at home below

Visit North Yorkshire County Council’s website for further hints and tips to reduce and reuse your waste.

The Recycle Now website is also an excellent resource for news, information, hints and tips to help you recycle. There are sections for recycling in the garden, at work and at school.


We do not currently recycle food waste.

Any leftover meat, fish, bread, dairy products or cooked food should be put in the refuse wheelie bin for disposal. However, residents are encouraged to home compost other food waste from the kitchen such as:

  • Teabags and coffee grounds (including filter paper)
  • Eggshells
  • All fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Salad leaves
  • Inedible/over ripe fruit and vegetable


  • Plan your meals and make a shopping list - by knowing what you need when you go to the supermarket, you are less likely to buy extra items which you may later throw away
  • Store food correctly - check the food labels and make sure you put food in fridges and freezers if you are not going to use them straight away
  • Reduce portion sizes - check packets or recipes for recommended portions and only prepare what you need. The Eatwell Guide on the NHS Choices website shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet
  • Use up leftovers - create another meal with any leftovers, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for leftover food recipes
  • Freeze sauces - use ice cube trays to freeze leftover sauces – items such as tomato puree, creamed coconut and pesto can be frozen and added to your cooking at a later date
  • Know what food date labels mean - by understanding food date labels you won’t throw something away that you don’t need to. Find out more on the Food Standards Agency website
  • Download the Love Food Hate Waste app - available for iPhone which helps you plan your food, shop to your food budget and has recipes so you can make the most of your leftovers


You can be removed from up to 95 percent of direct mailing lists by registering at MPS (Mail Preference Service) Online.

You can visit the Royal Mail website to find out how to opt-out of receiving any leaflets or unaddressed promotional material.

More information about stopping junk mail is available on the Citizens Advice website.

You can also avoid junk mail

  • Check for a tickbox on forms - any form you fill in will have a tick box that says something like ‘I give permission for third parties to contact me’ or ‘I give you permission to contact me’. If you check (or uncheck) the box, it will prevent junk mail being sent to you from that company
  • Tell people your contact preferences - ensure that anyone that you give your contact details to over the phone knows that you do not want to be sent mail, or for your details to be given to anyone else


  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth - a running tap uses over six litres every minute
  • Reduce your time in the shower - use a timer to keep track
  • Fill up your dishwasher - make sure your dishwasher is full before you turn it on, and experiment with the different settings as many modern machines offer ‘eco’ settings that use less water and energy
  • Don’t throw away drinking water - use it to water your plants
  • Only fill a kettle with what you need - this not only saves water but takes less time to boil so you’ll save on electricity too
  • Buy a water butt - use rainwater in your garden rather than water from the outdoor tap. Visit the Get Composting website or call 0844 571 4444 to buy low cost water butts.. You can also purchase water butts through the Yorkshire Water website, and most homeware stores and garden centres

For more tips, visit the Waterwise website.


We deliver all our dry recycling (cans and plastic bottles, glass, paper and card) to Yorwaste's waste transfer station at Kirby MispertonMalton.

Mixed Cans and plastics bottles

  • These are sent to Yorwaste's Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Harewood Whin, York. The MRF sorts the materials out into 3 fractions which are: steel cans, aluminium cans and mixed plastic bottles
  • The steel is then baled and sent for re-melt at a UK steel plant, where it is turned into sheet steel for use in the manufacture of new steel cans
  • Aluminium is also baled and sent for re-melt at a UK plant and in turned into Aluminium ingots, which can be used for manufacture of a variety of aluminium products

Mixed bottle glass

  • This goes to a UK re-processor who will, using sophisticated optical sortation technology, remove any contamination from the glass, including aluminium covers and caps. The glass is sorted into its different colour fractions namely: amber, green, and flint (clear)
  • The end product is then sent to a glass smelting facility where it is turned into new glass containers, jars, bottles etc. The sub 4mm glass is turned into a sand and used in a variety areas such as concrete blocks, filtration systems etc. as a replacement for virgin quarried sand

Paper and cardboard (mixed fibre)

  • This is sent to a UK processor who then separates the paper and cardboard materials, with the paper going to a UK paper mill to produce paper for the newspaper industry and the cardboard going to a UK re-processor to be made in to new cardboard

Garden waste

  • This is taken to local farms where it is checked for contamination, shredded and composted by mixing with other organic material and re-used on the farm

Other materials collected at local recycling sites

  • Items such as textiles, shoes, books and aluminium foil are collected at our local sites in large banks provided by a number of charities. The charities collect these materials on a regular basis and use them as part of their fundraising activities


The Council only collects plastic bottles (not mixed plastics) for recycling. Plastic bottle tops can also be included for recycling. If it is a plastic bottle from the kitchen, utility or bathroom, we can recycle it. See our plastic bottle factsheet for help and information (PDF, 1 page, 263kb).

There is a good market for used plastic bottles but a less developed market for mixed plastics in the UK. Most local authorities collect plastic bottles for recycling, but far fewer collect mixed rigid plastics. In future it may be possible to recycle mixed plastics when the industry gears up with additional capacity. We realise that residents would like to recycle other products on kerbside collections but for the time being only plastic bottles will be accepted.

Plastics other than bottles should not be included for recycling in Ryedale, as there is a chance that industry will reject consignments if the polymer mix is in question. See our factsheet about polymer types (PDF, 2 pages, 145kb).


  • Waste electrical and electronic equipment and batteries should not be put in non-recyclable waste for landfill. Household Waste Recycling Centres (skip sites) accept batteries and all household electrical items
  • You can have your large white electrical goods picked up from your home via our chargeable bulky collection service. Some major retailers offer their own in-store take back scheme when you buy new electrical appliances, the old one will be collected free of charge
  • Search online for websites offering take back schemes for household items such as mobile telephones and printer cartridges


'Give or Take' days are community waste exchange events, giving the chance for people to pass on unwanted household items, such as bric-a-brac or furniture, and for others to pick up something they really need. And it's all for free. Community groups have already run successful Give or Take Day events in Kirkbymoorside, Thornton le Dale, Pickering and Malton.

Please note: The latest advice is not to accept waste electrical and electronic equipment unless it has been PAT tested before being passed on.

Give or Take Days offer an exciting opportunity for people to have a clear out of household items cluttering up their home or garage and provide others the chance to pick up items they need. The events also offer those on low incomes, or tight household budgets, a chance to pick up household items they need. By exchanging goods we can all save a bit of money.

It's fun for all the family and you never know, you might find something that you have always been looking for – for free!

If you need more information about how to set up your own 'Give or Take 'day, please contact the Community Team.


We do not currently recycle food waste.

Any leftover meat, fish, bread, dairy products or cooked food should be put in the refuse wheelie bin for disposal. However, residents are encouraged to home compost other food waste from the kitchen such as:

  • Teabags and coffee grounds (including filter paper)
  • Eggshells
  • All fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Salad leaves
  • Inedible/over ripe fruit and vegetable

The Love Food Hate Waste website has advice, useful tips on the storage of food, tantalising recipes and advice to help you avoid food waste and save money.


We will work closely with residents to ensure the environmental impacts of waste are minimised and costs are affordable to Council Tax payers. In 2010 we endorsed the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Waste Collection Commitment to demonstrate the continued objective to provide a good waste and recycling service, which represents value for money and meets the needs of our residents. This means we will:

  • explain clearly what services you can expect to receive;
  • provide regular collections;
  • provide a reliable collection service;
  • consider any special requests that individual households may have;
  • design our services and carry out collections in a way that doesn't produce litter;
  • collect as many materials for recycling as we can and explain to you what happens to them;
  • explain clearly what our service rules are and the reasons for them;
  • tell you in good time if we have to make changes to your services, even temporarily;
  • respond to complaints we receive about our services; and
  • tell all our residents about this commitment to collecting waste


The following minimum targets for recycling or composting household waste have been agreed.

40% by 2010      45% by 2013      50% by 2020

These are broadly in line with national Government and wider European targets for the recycling or composting of household waste.


  • North Yorkshire County Council's ways to reduce and reuse information provides further advice on recycling, including a directory of local furniture reuse organisations. 
  • The Recycle Now website is an excellent resource for news, information, hints and tips to help you recycle. There are sections for recycling in the garden, at work and at school
  • The Love Food Hate Waste website has advice, useful tips on the storage of food, tantalising recipes and advice to help you avoid food waste and save money
  • Register with the Mailing Preference Service to stop receiving unsolicited/addressed advertising mail like credit card applications 



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

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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