Ryedale District Council

Recycling advice

Top tips for plastic bottle recycling in Ryedale

What types of plastic can I recycle?

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).

Why can I only recycle plastic bottles?

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

What can I do with my plastic if it is not a bottle?

If you have plastics (other than bottles) that you want to recycle, a container (skip) at Thornton le Dale Household Waste Recycling Centre is available. This is the only facility for mixed plastics in Ryedale District. The Council realises that residents would like to recycle other products on kerbside collections but for the time being only plastic bottles will be accepted.

What are there different types of plastic in my bin?

Recycling plastic is not straightforward as different polymer types are used to make various products. Most plastic bottles are either Polyethylene Terepthalate (PET) or High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), so sorting is easy using near infra-red technology. Sorting of mixed plastics becomes more problematic as other polymers such as Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) Polypropylene (PP) and Polystyrene (PS) are in the mix.

Recognising plastics by the polymer type, or number stamped on the side can be frustrating. Products sometimes have numbers as well as initials stamped on them: 1. PET; 2 HDPE, 3 PVC; 4 LDPE; 5 PP; 6 PS; 7 Other. This is confusing for most people, so the message is simple – only include plastic bottles for recycling.

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. This would cause a loss of revenue to the Council. See our factsheet about polymer types (PDF, 2 pages, 145kb).


Why do we need to recycle?

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 lasted about 25 years and was closed in 2009.

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.


Hints and tips

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. Visit the Recycle Now website for more information.

To dispose of any excess or bulkier waste there are a number of Household Waste Recycling Centres (skip sites) in Ryedale, managed by North Yorkshire County Council. Please see North Yorkshire County Council's website for more information.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Tips to help you reduce the amount of waste you produce.

  • Buy in bulk - reduce packaging by buying larger containers, concentrates and refills. This will also help you to save money!
  • Buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than over-packaged varieties and choose products packed in recyclable material
  • Buy products with less packaging
  • Home composting items such as fruit and vegetable peelings, grass cuttings and teabags turns waste into a reusable product and, during decomposition, reduces the volume of waste
  • Avoid food waste - about one third of the food we buy gets thrown away and most of this could have been eaten. To find useful tips on the storage of food, tantalising recipes and advice on portion sizes visit the Love Food Hate Waste website. This will also save you money.
  • Avoid plastic carrier bags - use cloth bags or a "bag-for-life" when you go shopping. Try to keep a few reusable shopping bags in your car, next to your door or in your handbag
  • Drink tap water rather than bottled water to reduce the number of plastic bottles
  • Unwanted mail - to reduce the amount of unwanted mail through your letterbox there are several things you can do; Register with the Mailing Preference Service to stop receiving unsolicited/addressed advertising mail like credit card applications.
  • Choose reusable items like cloth napkins, refillable pens and non-disposable razors
  • Opt for ceramic crockery with cloth napkins instead of paper or plastic alternatives
  • Use old glass jars to store small items such as nails and pins
  • Save any bubble wrap or padded envelopes and reuse when you next send a parcel
  • Cut up old Christmas cards to make gift tags for next year
  • Use dishcloths instead of disposable wipes
  • Buy rechargeable batteries and energy saving lightbulbs. Energy saving lightbulbs last up to 12 times longer
  • Use reusable nappies - 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK - see Let's Talk Less Rubbish.
  • Use reusable containers and lunch boxes instead of plastic or foil wrapping
  • When using paper use both sides of the page and buy recycled paper
  • Use the blank side of paper for notes and then recycle it
  • Recycle printer ink cartridges
  • Repair broken or damaged items when possible
  • Pass unwanted toys and clothes to neighbours, nurseries or charities
  • Buy recycled products e.g. paper, glass, tissues, toilet rolls and kitchen rolls


Recycling electricals and batteries


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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, as well as batteries should not be put in together with non-recyclable waste for landfill.

Household Waste Recycling Centres (skip sites) in Ryedale are geared up to accept batteries and all household electrical items. The site attendant can provide assistance to help you put them in the right container on site.

There are five different categories of electrical equipment:

  • Cathode Ray Tubes (eg. tv's and computer monitors with large heavy backs to them)
  • Cooling devices – fridges and freezers
  • Fluorescent Tubes (incl small energy saving lamps)
  • White goods – washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers and cookers
  • Small appliances such as mobile phones, toasters, kettles, hairdryers and battery operated appliances

You can still have your large white electrical goods picked up from your home by the Council's bulky collection service and these items will then be recycled.

Also, some major retailers offer their own in-store take back scheme. When you buy your new electrical appliance the old one will be collected free of charge. If this service exists the Council would encourage residents to use this service.

There are a number of organisations offering take back schemes for some small electrical items (particularly mobile telephones and printer cartridges). A web-based search should show participating local businesses or voluntary organisations offering these type of services


Give or Take Day Events

Reuse logoInterested in setting up a waste exchange event?

Community groups in Ryedale have already run successful Give or Take Day events in Kirkbymoorside, Thornton le Dale, Pickering and Malton. '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! KMS Environment Group

give or take 0912Give or Take Days offer an exciting opportunity for people to have a clear out of household items cluttering up their home or garage, and provides others the chance to pick up items they need. Most people have something they would be happy to donate and there is usually no shortage of items.

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.


What can I do with food waste?

The Council does not collect food waste separately from the kerbside of its domestic properties.

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 vegetables
  • Cut flowers, house plants

To buy a low-cost composter container visit Let's Talk Less Rubbish.


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