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Recycling - projects and campaigns

We work with local charities, community groups and other organisations to promote re-use and recycling in North Yorkshire.

We run a number of waste prevention campaigns to raise awareness of the ways we can reduce the amount of waste we produce and how to reuse more items before throwing them away.

We also work with local charities, community groups and other organisations to promote re-use and recycling in North Yorkshire. We support this sector by promoting schemes at our household waste recycling centres and providing funding opportunities through our third party reuse and recycling credits.

Our current waste prevention campaigns:

  • encourage residents to Love Food Hate Waste;
  • promote the re-use of clothes, furniture and household items; and
  • raise the profile of home composting as a way of reducing the amount of food and garden waste going to landfill

Find out how we are achieving this by visiting the Love Food Hate Waste campaign activity and re-use campaign activity pages. 

Projects and schemes at household waste recycling centres include the following.

Tools for self reliance

This scheme collects unwanted tools and sewing machines and refurbishes them before sending them to Africa, where people use them to learn new skills or earn a living to support their families. Tools can be donated using the tool containers at Ripon and Harrogate household waste recycling centres. Donations of good-quality tools are required for:

  • Joiners;
  • Motor mechanics;
  • Blacksmiths;
  • Engineers;
  • Plumbers;
  • Builders;
  • Leather workers;
  • Electricians.

Good-quality sewing machines are also required. 

Bike rescue

Bike Rescue, which is based in York, re-uses and recycles unwanted bicycles. All donated cycles are overhauled and given safety checks by qualified mechanics and carry a three-month warranty. The bikes are on sale at The Hub Station, Wellington Row, York, YO1 6HY. Cycles can be donated at the following household waste recycling centres:

  • Harrogate;
  • Ripon;
  • Selby;
  • Seamer;
  • Burniston;
  • Whitby;

Bike Rescue also runs cycle maintenance courses for new or returning cyclists. For more information visit the bike rescue project.

Third party re-use and recycling credit scheme  

Charities, groups and voluntary organisations in the county may be able to claim money in the form of a re-use or recycling credit if they collect household waste and re-use or recycle it, rather than sending it to landfill. The credit rate for 2012/13 is £43.15 per tonne. Organisations can claim credits for many items, including paper, aluminium cans and packaging, steel cans, glass bottles, textiles, furniture and electrical appliances.

Organisations must complete and return a pdf icon third party re-use and recycling credit scheme registration form [52kb] to claim the credits.

This page was last updated on 26 September 2013