East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s annual free compost giveaway campaign begins this Saturday (12 May).
The council will be hosting a number of giveaway events, including one at Market Weighton’s Market Car Park on Monday 14 May (4pm) and another at Pocklington’s Henry Thirsk Amenity Centre car park (Pocklington Town AFC) on Friday 18 May (also 4pm).
Residents are being invited to go along to their local event to collect two free 15kg bags of compost per car, which will be placed in their vehicles by council staff.
People are asked not to queue at the venue beforehand or they may be turned away for safety reasons.
The giveaways will end when all the bags have been handed out on a first come first served basis.
All the compost being given away has been recycled from the food and garden waste East Riding residents have put in their brown bins.
All cooked and uncooked food, peelings, plate scrapings, bones, meat, egg shells, grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches, leaves, flowers and weeds placed in the brown bins gets recycled into quality compost.
Around 5,000 bags of compost will be given away free to residents at the 10 events across the East Riding.
Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said: “The council has been running the compost giveaways for a number of years as a gesture of thanks to residents for their fantastic efforts in recycling their rubbish.
“The East Riding has the highest recycling rate in England and that’s down to the support of residents.
“It’s great that the recycled garden and food waste can go to good use and return to people’s gardens as compost.”