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.

Upcoming events 2024


  • Saturday 20 April - Waste Not Want Not event - The Hungate Centre, 29 Hungate, Pickering, YO18 7DG - 11.00am to 3.00pm
  • Saturday 20 April - Eco event - Embsay Village Hall, The Institute, Main Street Embsay, Skipton North Yorkshire, BD23 6RE - 2.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Thursday 25 April to Sunday 28 April - Harrogate Spring Flower Show at Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ from 9:30am until 5.30pm
  • Saturday 27 April - Eco Day - Town Hall, Skipton - 1.00pm to 4.00pm


  • Saturday 4 May - Eco Fair event at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall, Kirkbymoorside from 9:30am until 3pm
  • Saturday 18 May - Spring Fair at Ripon Walled Garden, Palace Road, Ripon HG4 3HN - 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 28 May - Mini Wormery activity at Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY - 10.30 to 12.00noon
  • Thursday 30 May - Ripon marketplace - 9.00am to 2.00pm


  • Wednesday 12 June - Eco Fair - ‘Waste Not Want Not Event’ as part of Big Green Week at The Street, 12 Lower Clark Street, Scarborough, YO12 7PW from 11am until 3pm
  • Friday 14 June - Love Food Hate Waste smoothie bike and mini wormery activity as part of 'Green Week'  - Scarborough library, Vernon Road, Town Centre, Scarborough YO11 2NN - 11.00am to 1.30pm
  • Saturday 29 June - Summer Fair - Middleton Tyas School, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 6SF - 11.00am to 2.00pm
  • Sunday 30 June - Wildlife day at Stillingfleet Lodge Garden, Stewart Lane, Stillingfleet, YO19 6HP - 11.00am to 4.00pm


  • Sunday 7 July - Dalbyology - The Visitor Centre, Dalby Forest, Pickering, YO18 7LT - 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 30 July - Ryedale Show (with Nigel Brown’s love food hate waste cookery demonstrations) - Welburn Park, Kirkbymoorside, YO61 1RB - 8.30am to 5.00pm


  • Tuesday 27 August - Kilnsey Show (with Nigel Brown’s love food hate waste cookery demonstrations) - village of Kilnsey - 8.30am to 4.00pm


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”