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Litter removal, litter and dog waste bins

Great British Spring Clean - 28 May until 18 June 2021

Our Waste and Environment Team are on hand to support litter pickers. We provide on loan litter picking kits to citizens who have signed up to the Great British Spring Clean and then will collect the litter from those who’ve taken part.

So far, six litter picking groups have signed up to tackle their local area to keep the environment clean as part of the Great British Spring Clean which runs from 28 May until 18 June 2021.

If you would like to support the event, you can sign up at Keep Britain Tidy as an individual or as part of a group. Once signed up, please email  to request a litter picking kit. Each kit contains bin bags together with hoops to keep the bag open, 10 litter picking sticks and hi-visibility vests.

To encourage recycling, it is advised that the rubbish collected is separated into three bags – plastic bottles, aluminium cans and general litter. Citizens should follow the safety advice given by Keep Britain Tidy – wearing gloves, not picking up hazardous waste and covering over any minor cuts. You are also reminded to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and respect social distancing especially when litter picking as part of an organised group.


 The cleanliness of the adopted roads and footpaths throughout the district is our responsibility.

We want to see less litter in our district. We're proud of where we live and we want you to be too.


hedgehog litter image


One mechanical sweeper covers all 550 square miles of the District and the demands on its time are considerable. The sweeper follows a 33 working day schedule but may be diverted at any time to areas of urgent need such as after a road accident. North Yorkshire County Council may request the sweeper attends any area where they consider there is a hazard to motorists.

There are also six street cleaning operatives following schedules that concentrate on the main centres and radiate out into the countryside. They litter pick the footways and streets in the market towns, empty litter and dog waste bins and collect refuse from some properties and businesses.

The cost of street cleansing to taxpayers is around £380,000 each year (£7 per head of population, one of the lowest in the country) but the Council still picks up about 100 bags of litter from Ryedale's streets on a daily basis. If people stopped dropping litter this money could be spent on other things!

The maintenance of and the removal of weeds from roads and footpaths is the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council.

To make a street cleaning request please use the form in the links or for more information on street sweeping and cleaning, please submit an Enquiry Form.


There are four markets in Ryedale at Pickering (Monday), Kirkbymoorside (Wednesday), Helmsley (Friday) and Malton (Saturday).

Ryedale District Council operates Pickering and Helmsley markets and ensure that the market areas are left clean and tidy at the close of each market. Malton and Kirkbymoorside markets are privately operated and the operators should ensure that the market areas are clean and tidy at close of business.

Please submit an Enquiry Form for further information.


Litter and dog waste bins are usually the property of the appropriate town or parish council but are emptied either by one of the Council's street cleaning operatives on a daily/weekly basis or by a waste collection crew on a weekly/fortnightly basis.

If you know of an area that may need a litter or dog waste bin, please contact your local Parish or Town Clerk and ask them to pass your suggestion on to the Parish or Town Council.

For information on street sweeping and cleaning or to report a full or overflowing dog or litter bin, please submit an Enquiry Form.

Dog waste bins

It is estimated that the UK dog population produces 1,000 tonnes of faeces every day.

If you think there is a need for a dog bin in your area, please contact your local town or parish council, or contact the Community Team for more information. Dog bins around the district are provided by the local town or parish councils. We have installed dog bins on our own property where appropriate.

The design of the bin ensures that the waste is contained and any smells or unpleasantness are kept to a minimum. 

We work in partnership with North Yorkshire Police to allow local Police Community Support Officers and the Council's own officers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for littering and dog fouling.


lovewhereyoulive logoWe support the "Love Where You Live" campaign and are able to assist community groups that wish to organise voluntary clean-ups in their locality.

Over the years a number of groups have organised voluntary clean-ups in their local town or village, especially around Springtime and we are keen to lend support to all who are interested.

We will provide high-visibility waistcoats, gloves, bags and litter picking sticks and will arrange for the clearance of any litter collected. Please email us for more information.

Further helpful advice and materials are provided by Keep Britain Tidy.

We have worked with many groups involved with clean-ups and other environmental improvements in their communities. Some of the recent partner groups are listed below:

  • Malton and Norton Tidy Team
  • Norton Wildlife Watch Group
  • Pickering Litter Pickers
  • Newbridge Bike Park Tidy Team
  • Knapton Litter Pickers
  • Yorkshire in Bloom Committees: Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley
  • Town & Parish Councils: Rillington, Foston & Thornton-le-Clay, Sand Hutton & Claxton, Willerby and Flaxton


We are working in partnership with North Yorkshire Police to allow local Police Community Support Officers and the Council's own officers, to issue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices for littering.

According to Keep Britain Tidy, local authorities spend about £342 million on street cleaning and litter clearance. The most common forms of litter such as cigarette ends, sweet wrappers and matchsticks alone add up to an estimated 122 tonnes of such litter that is dropped every day across the UK.

The offence of "Leaving Litter" (S87 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990) is a criminal offence and either the police or local authority can prosecute offenders.



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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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