Recycle Week normally falls at the end of September but this year was understandably postponed until later in October following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The public’s response to the Queen’s death included an awe-inspiring array of floral tributes, not only at the Royal palaces, but also here in North Yorkshire. 

Of course, the flowers perish in time. However, in North Yorkshire they are being collected by the district and borough councils and taken to the waste transfer stations for Yorwaste to recycle into compost separately from normal garden waste collections.

The dedicated windrows of composted flowers are expected to take 12 weeks to recycle into compost. This compost will then be offered to community projects. I am looking forward to seeing some beautiful heaps of compost and there will be more details to follow.

The Royal Estate appealed to the public to remove plastic wrappings before leaving any floral tributes. That is a request we would reiterate in North Yorkshire when flowers are left on any occasion.

Public donates more than 600 bikes to summer recycling drive

Over the summer, we had a great Get ReCycling campaign run by Yorwaste at our household waste recycling centres in August.

This year’s appeal saw more than 600 bikes donated by the public. As many of these as possible will be redistributed to good causes, including Ukrainian and other refugees rehomed in North Yorkshire, and The Brownlee Foundation, to inspire children from all backgrounds to enjoy sport, encourage them to lead active lifestyles and benefit from the opportunities sport provides.  

Part of the campaign included bike maintenance workshops, to encourage people with unused cycles to get them back into use, and a children’s craft competition. This involved creating a picture or model of a bike using recycled materials. Yorwaste had some great entries and the winners were Cara Harrington, 14, and Lincoln Gillam, six. Celebrity judge for the competition was Olympic triathlete Jonny Brownlee. The bikes will go to the good causes and the prize winners very shortly.

Bicycles can be taken to all our household waste recycling centres all year long where they are reused or recycled by Recycle York, but in August they are given away to good causes with the Get ReCycling campaign.