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Recycling - projects and campaigns

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

Our waste prevention campaigns aim to raise awareness of the ways we can reduce the amount of waste we produce and how we can re-use items instead of throwing them away.

Current waste campaigns

Find out more about these and other waste prevention campaigns and how you can get involved here.

Love Food Hate Waste

In the UK households throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink every year. The average family could save £700 a year or £60 a month by making some quick and easy changes to how they manage food. These include:

  • Planning meals for the week or beyond
  • Getting portions right, to avoid waste
  • Understanding dates labels on food
  • Storing food so that it lasts longer
  • Getting creative with leftovers

Find out more about Love Food Hate Wate here

Home composting

By home composting you can reduce the contents of your waste bin by at least a third and produce your own compost for free. Find out more about home composting here.


Many household items and clothes can be used again, either by you or by somebody else. Re-use is better than recycling as it saves energy and resources, which in turn creates less pollution and helps the environment. Find out more about re-use here

Re-use projects at household waste recycling centres

We also have a number of re-use projects at our household waste recycling centres.

Some household waste recycling centres also have Oxfam and British Heart Foundation book and music banks.

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  

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

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 2013/14 is £44.44 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 30 July 2014