30 May 2024

Compost giveaways return

The free compost giveaways run by East Riding Council will return in September for a second round.

Nine giveaway events will be held across the region between September 6 and 22, where about 5,000 bags of compost will be handed out free of charge to local residents.

Residents are invited to drive along to their nearest event, where two 15kg bags of compost will be placed into each car boot.

The events follow nine successful events held in May, which were all well supported by residents.
The compost given away will again be made up directly from the garden and food waste that East Riding residents recycle in their brown bins each year.

Brown bins can take grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches, leaves, flowers and weeds, all cooked and uncooked food, peelings, plate scrapings, bones, bread, meat, eggshells and small amounts of soups, sauces and gravies.

All brown bin contents get recycled into compost by the Biowise plant in Willerby – where the giveaway compost comes from.

Councillor Chris Matthews, the council’s portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: “The giveaways we held in May were a big success, so we’re hoping this second round will be just as popular with residents.

“We hold these events as our way of thanking the residents of the East Riding for their continued support of our recycling schemes.”

Free compost will be given away at the following events in Holderness:

  • Tuesday, September 6, 4.30pm – Preston, Holderness Academy and Sixth Form College, Station Road, HU12 8UZ
  • Thursday, September 8, 4pm – Hornsea, Broadway Car Park, HU18 1PZ
  • Wednesday, September 14, 4pm – Withernsea, Pavilion Car Park, Station Road, HU19 2QA

Residents are asked not to queue at the venues beforehand or they may be turned away for safety reasons. The compost is best used as a soil improver.