North Yorkshire Rotters

The North Yorkshire Rotters are a group of volunteers managed by us who inspire people to change their waste habits.

The North Yorkshire Rotters, known as the Rotters, promote home composting, reduce, reuse and recycling and the 'love food hate waste' campaigns at events, talks and school workshops across North Yorkshire. These campaigns are promoted to highlight the practical ways that residents can reduce waste, save money and help the environment.

To help tackle these issues and to inspire people to change their waste habits, we coordinate a series of free talks and activities across North Yorkshire supported by the Rotters.


The Rotters can attend schools, groups and meetings to deliver free talks about the campaigns we promote. Please contact us to arrange a time and date, if your school club or group would like one of our Rotters to speak to your organisation about one or more of the following:

  • home composting
  • Love Food Hate Waste campaign
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


The Rotters can provide free workshops at schools and after school clubs and groups. Please contact us to arrange a time and date, if your school, club or group would like our Rotter to provide workshops including:

  • smoothie making bike (food waste)
  • wormery making (make a mini home composter)
  • recycling bean bag game (Reuse, Recycle, Compost or bin it?)


The Rotters can attend events during the week and weekends, including evenings, in North Yorkshire with an information stand and gazebo to promote the campaigns.

If you would like to book the Rotters to attend your event free of charge, please contact us to arrange a date and time.

  • 23 September - Selby Food and Drink Festival - Nigel Brown delivering love food hate waste cookery demonstrations - Market Place, Selby, YO8 4NX - 10am to 4pm
  • 28 September - Ripon Market Place, HG4 1BP - 9am to 2pm
  • 30 September - Talk by North Yorkshire Rotters at Kirkbymoorside's Green Day - Kirkbymoorside's Memorial Hall, Crown Square, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6AY - 10am
  • 2 October - Eastfield Community Library - More than book, High Street, Eastfield, Scarborough YO11 3LL - 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • 2 October – Filey Library, Station Avenue, Filey YO14 9AE - 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • 3 October – Stokesley Community Library - The Globe, - Town Close, North Road, Stokesley, TS9 5DH - 10.30am to 2pm
  • 6 October - Selby Library, 52 Micklegate, Selby, YO84EQ - 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • 7 October - Apple Day at Ripon Walled Garden, Palace Road, Ripon, HG4 3HN - 10am to 4pm
  • 7 October - Mini wormery activity at Helmsley Library, Market Place, Helmsley, YO62 5BL - 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • 30 October - Pumpkinfest at Allerton Waste Recovery Park Visitor Centre, Moor Lane (Off A168), Knaresborough, HG5 0SB - 10am to 4pm
  • 19 November - Rotters stall at Sheriff Hutton Village Market, Sheriff Hutton Village Hall, Finkle Street, Sheriff Hutton, YO60 6RD - 10.30am to 1.30pm.

Halloween Family Fun Day

Come and join the Halloween Family Fun Day at Allerton Waste Recovery Park on:

  • Monday 30 October, 10am to 3pm

You can book tickets for this event on the Eventbrite website.

The North Yorkshire Rotters will be on hand to help you make your own mini wormery, along with pumpkin carving and upcycled crafts.


If you are passionate about environmental issues, volunteering with the Rotters is a great way to get involved with your community by raising awareness of the importance of home composting, promoting the Love Food Hate Waste campaign and encouraging people to reduce, reuse and recycle. Many members of the team volunteer elsewhere and a third combines being a Rotter with paid employment. Find out more about volunteering with the Rotters.

Contact us

Contact us for more information about the North Yorkshire Rotters.


“The Team pitched the sessions really well for the age group” – Brougham Nursery School, June 2019

“The session was truly inspiring, made us all think about what we can all do individually and the power of collective action. The children were totally captivated” – Cowling Community Primary School, October 2019

“Many thanks to #NorthYorkshireRotters for talking to us about composting, recycling, and #lovefoodhatewaste It was really interesting and we love our wormeries!” - Jennyruth Workshops, May 2019

“A huge thank you to Jeff and Martin for visiting us and giving us lots of ‘food for thought’” - Applegarth Primary School, September 2019

“I would just like say a massive thank you from Church Fenton Cubs. You are very well practiced at what you do, and you kept the cubs entertained all evening, they all listened well and did whatever you asked!” – Church Fenton Cubs, February 2019

“Just to say a massive thank you for delivering the sessions last week for our Beavers” – 3rd Harrogate Scout Group, February 2019

“Thank you so much for your most interesting talk yesterday. Lots of our members were chatting about it afterwards and had really enjoyed the presentation - even if they found the statistics on food waste shocking. Food for thought indeed!” - Talk to a WI, April 2019

“The W.I ladies really enjoyed the evening and we will recommend the Rotters! We all learnt so much, and are acutely aware of our waste now!!” – Dallowgill W.I

We had a splendid evening and Ian was a particularly amenable and knowledgeable speaker. – “Cleveland Outlook Group”