Having just celebrated the nineteenth year of Recycle Week, I can remember the first one back in 2004 when I worked at Hambleton District Council as a young(ish) recycling officer, writes service improvement officer Jenny Lowes.

We had just rolled out the, at the time, fairly controversial alternate weekly collections of wheeled bins with garden waste and the much-wanted kerbside recycling collections. We had roadshows to show residents the wheeled bins. It’s hard to imagine that now as we are so used to seeing those plastic bins these days.

This year the national campaign focus of the week was on helping people to understand the difference their recycling makes.

In North Yorkshire, we celebrated the week with the introduction of new bins for medical equipment at all our household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).

The following items can be placed in the recycling bins:

  • adjustable walking sticks
  • adult crutches
  • chair raisers
  • commodes
  • bed levers
  • perching stools
  • raised toilet seats
  • pressure cushions
  • toilet frames
  • trolleys
  • wheeled adjustable frames

Local NHS and social care services lose thousands of pounds each year due to missing equipment. All items returned are assessed, safety tested and either repaired and reused or stripped down for recycling. Find out more about our Medical equipment skips.

All our HWRCs have containers for other reusable household items, so if it’s too difficult to get to a charity shop, you have the option to drop off at one of our sites. Yorwaste has partnered with Frade, your local re-use charity and The Recycle Project to put usable items back into the community.

The proof of the pumpkin is in the eating


Millions of pumpkins are bought for decoration during Halloween are likely to be left uneaten. The best advice is to buy a few days in advance and then carve on the day and display your creation but then bring it back in on November 1 and cook it.

There are lots of pumpkin recipes and information on what to do with your pumpkin.

If you do decide to dispose of your pumpkin, they make a great addition to your home compost bin. You could also get creative and turn your pumpkin into a bird feeder.

A bowl of pumpkin soup

But, don’t leave it too late like I did a few years ago – they were all sold out so we had to go back to the dreaded turnip. Nobody was impressed with the cutting or results of that!