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Recycling advice and information

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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.

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. Compost bins are now just £9 and £11 and there is "buy one get one half price" offer.

Two sizes of compost bin are available: the 220-litre Compost Converter at £9 and the 330-litre Compost Converter at £11. To order a bin, call 0844 571 4444 or visit Get Composting.

Full details are available in this leaflet (PDF, 2 pages, 345kb) Other products such as caddies, wormeries and kitchen composters can also be purchased.


The 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.


Before recycling became popular in the 1990's, most of Ryedale's rubbish was sent to a landfill site (formerly a large stone quarry) in Thornton le Dale. This site closed in 2009 and another site is now being used but, like all landfills it will fill up quickly, so there is a real need to reduce our waste, as well as to recycle more of it.

As well as being unsightly, messy and smelly, landfill sites emit methane (a potent greenhouse gas) and produce leachate (a liquid which gathers at the bottom of the landfill). Both of these are problematic and expensive to manage and treat.

There will always be a need for some landfill capacity but the less reliant we are on this form of disposal, the more sustainable we will be in managing our waste.


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

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


We work together with the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership (YNYWP), comprising North Yorkshire County Council, the City of York Council and the six other district councils of North Yorkshire. The YNYWP is committed to reducing, re-using and recycling as much waste as possible, as an alternative to landfill disposal.

In the Waste Partnership's strategy, 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 


Contact us

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

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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