One millionth visitor drops off waste at recycling site

Valeria Tocci with councillor Symon Fraser
Valeria Tocci with councillor Symon Fraser

The household waste recycling site at Pocklington was the scene of celebration as East Riding Council marked the one millionth visitor to drop off their waste.

In the last 12 months, the council’s 10 household waste recycling sites have been more popular than ever, with one million visitors taking more than 50,000 tonnes, equivalent to around 113 Boeing 747’s.

For the last year, up to 1,700 tonnes of waste was taken to the Pocklington site, equal in weight to almost 113 double-decker buses. It has allowed the site to achieve regular monthly recycling rates of up to 80%, one of the best rates of any waste site in the country.

To mark this milestone, as Valeria Tocci of Wilberfoss entered the site on Monday, she was met by councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, and presented with a leisure centre pass, a car boot liner and garden waste sacks.

Mike Featherby, head of streetscene services for East Riding Council, said: “One million people have taken waste to the council’s 10 sites in the past 12 months. That is a staggering figure and so is the amount of waste they have taken to the sites to be recycled and kept out of landfill.”

Up to 30 different types of waste is accepted at the sites including printer cartridges, fridges, cooking oil, textiles, scrap metal and just about everything in between.

The sites are open daily from 10am to 5pm except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. They close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. For more information about the sites, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk.