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One of the best years yet for compost giveaways

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council's annual compost giveaways enjoyed one of their busiest and best years yet – with 5,000 bags given away free to residents.

Ten giveaway events were held across the East Riding during May in Beverley, Market Weighton, Elloughton, Preston, Goole, Pocklington, Carnaby, Withernsea, Hornsea and Driffield.

There was a large turn-out at each site with residents queuing up in their cars to collect two free 15kg bags of compost.

It proved so popular that every spare bag of compost at each location was handed out.

The council has been running the scheme for a number of years, with all the compost given away having been recycled from the garden and food waste East Riding residents put into their brown bins.

All the waste placed in brown bins – including grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches, leaves, flowers and weeds, all cooked and uncooked food, peelings, plate scrapings, bones, meat and egg shells – gets collected and sent for recycling into quality compost for the garden.

Councillor Symon Fraser, the council's portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said: "The annual compost giveaways are the council's way of thanking residents for their fantastic efforts in recycling their rubbish throughout the year.

"The East Riding now recycles more household waste than any other council in the country and that is all down to residents.

"I'm pleased the compost giveaways are so popular and that residents can benefit from supporting our recycling schemes."