The North Yorkshire Rotters are a group of volunteers managed by ourselves 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.

Talks

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; or,
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Workshops

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); or,
  • Recycling bean bag game (Reuse, Recycle, Compost or bin it?).

Events

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.

The Rotters will be attending the following events.

Event Date Time Location
North Yorkshire Rotters "love food hate waste" promotional table with smoothie bike activity Friday 14 February 10:30am to 3pm Whitby Library, Windsor Terrace, Whitby, YO21 1ET
North Yorkshire Rotters "love food hate waste and home composting" workshops Monday 17 February 11am to 2pm Richmond Library, 10 Queens Road, Richmond, DL10 4AE
North Yorkshire Rotters "love food hate waste and home composting" workshops Tuesday 18 February 2:30pm to 4:30pm Colburn Library, Broadway, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4RF
North Yorkshire Rotters "love food hate waste and home composting" workshops Wednesday 19 February 11am to 3pm Catterick Library, 1 Glough Road, Catterick Garrison, DL9 3EL
Nigel Brown's "love food hate waste" cookery demonstrations Friday 21 February 12noon to 2pm Ripon Walled Garden, Palace Road, Ripon, HG4 3HN
Nigel Brown's "love food hate waste" cookery demonstrations Monday 24 February 10am to 3pm Selby Market Cross, Market Lane, Selby, YO8 4QA
Gardening with Wildlife Event Saturday 7 March 1pm to 4pm Gilling East Village Hall, Pottergate, Gilling East, YO62 4JJ
Eco Day Saturday 28 March 2pm to 4pm Osgodby Institute, Cliffe Road, Osgodby, Selby, Y08 5HU
Nigel Brown's "love food hate waste" cookery demonstrations Monday 6 April 9am to 3pm Selby Market Cross, Market Lane, Selby, YO8 4QA
The Harrogate Spring Flower Show Thursday 23 April 9am to 5:30pm Harrogate Showground, Railway Road, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ
The Harrogate Spring Flower Show Friday 24 April 9am to 5:30pm Harrogate Showground, Railway Road, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ
The Harrogate Spring Flower Show Saturday 25 April 9am to 5:30pm Harrogate Showground, Railway Road, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ
Ryedale Christian council conference / event Saturday 25 April 9:30am to 4:30pm Lady Lumely School, Swainsea Lane, Pickering, YO18 8NG
The Harrogate Spring Flower Show Sunday 26 April 9am to 4:30pm Harrogate Showground, Railway Road, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ

Volunteering

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 combine being a Rotter with paid employment. Find out more about volunteering with the Rotters.

Contact Us

Call Jeff Coates the Volunteer Coordinator on 01609 797212 or email nyrotters@northyorks.gov.uk.

Testimonials

“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 & 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”