Ryedale District Council


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Litter removal

The cleanliness of the adopted roads and footpaths throughout the district is the responsibility of Ryedale District Council.

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

That’s why Ryedale District Council has started our new Don’t be a Waster – Reduce, Reuse, Respect campaign by focussing on litter in our beautiful district.

The #1PieceofRubbish initiative asks residents to pick up one piece of rubbish and put it in the bin. Anyone who joins this and shares a picture of them doing so with us – through our social media channels or by emailing photos to us – will be entered into our special competition.

All residents need to do is share on Twitter @ryedaledc, via our Facebook page or by emailing it to .

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.


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.

bigtidyup logoFurther helpful advice and materials are provided by Keep Britain Tidy and are available at The Big Tidy Up. The Big Tidy Up is a national campaign supported by most local authorities, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Women's Institute, BTCV and host of other partner organisations.

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 Council: 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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