FREE compost giveaways

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73% – The increase in the amount of food waste East Riding residents put in their brown bins

THE TOWNS and areas that will receive free compost in this summer’s 2012 giveaways by East Riding of Yorkshire Council have been announced.

A total of 5,000 bags ready to be taken away will be given free at nine giveaways across the East Riding.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and Councillor Symon Fraser photoplanning, said: “The giveaways have become a popular annual event and little wonder because this compost makes a great soil improver. Much of it will have come from the brown bins. Only a few months ago it was the plate scrapings from dinner, the mowings from the lawn, the clippings from the hedge and cardboard from packages.”

All the giveaways start at 4pm and will go on until all the bags have gone.

  • Bridlington: Hilderthorpe coach park, Hilderthorpe Road, 9 May.
  • Beverley: Race Course, 10 May.
  • Market Weighton: Market car park, 15 May.
  • Withernsea: Market, Pavilion car park, 16 May.
  • Hornsea: Broadway car park, 17 May.
  • Driffield: The Show Ground, 22 May.
  • Goole: West Park, Airmyn Road, 23 May.
  • Pocklington: Sports and social club, The Balk, 24 May.
  • Elloughton: Brantingham Park, Ionians, 25 May.

The compost will be pre-bagged and council staff will put the free bags into the boot of every car.

In February, residents across the East Riding increased the amount of food waste, garden waste and cardboard they put in their brown bins by 73 per cent, compared with February last year.

About the Author

Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (photo by Neil Holmes) is a former community development manager but now describes himself as a beat-blogger or citizen-journalist. Ray lives in Hedon and also edits the Hedon Blog and is the Hedon correspondent for the Holderness Gazette.

10 Comments on "FREE compost giveaways"

  1. Great free compost but why not a collection in Hedon or Preston. How many bags per household ?Long way to go to Withernsea for a couple of bags

    • Hi Phil – These are the Compost Giveaway Dates for 2015:

      6 May Hornsea Broadway Carpark, HU18 1PZ
      7 May Withernsea Market Carpark, HU19 2QA
      8 May Bridlington Hilderthorpe Road Coach and Carpark, YO15 3HA
      12 May Goole, West Park, DN14 6UU
      13 May Market Weighton, Market Carpark, YO43 3AJ
      15 May Elloughton, Brantingham Park, HU15 1HX
      18 May Driffield showground, YO25 9DN
      19 May Beverley, old Grovehill Depot, Annie Reed Road, HU17 0LF
      20 May Preston, South Holderness School, HU12 8UZ

      All giveaways will take place from 4pm. Two 15kg bags of compost will be available for each vehicle.

      East Riding Council asks those turning up for the Giveaways not to queue beforehand as this can cause congestion in the local area and you may be turned away for safety reasons.

  2. Mrs T Carling | May 25, 2014 at 10:39 am | Reply

    Is the compost give away only once a year?sadly we have missed this year’s bonanza.

  3. Just been to Driffield Show ground to pick up free compost NO ONE THERE, it all happened Tuesday 20th apparently. Why did you give out the wrong date?????? Diana Gray

  4. Lucy Cleary | May 14, 2012 at 7:11 am | Reply

    I have kids to pick up from school and there is no chance of me getting to any of these before half four at the earliest. Is there any point in turning up to join the queue after half four?

  5. MIKE MEDFORTH | May 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply

    I HAVE JUST BEEN TO BEVERLEY WITH MY NEIGHBOUR TO COLLECT THE COMPOST. WHAT AN EXERCISE IN CRASS STUPIDITY!. THE MAIN ROAD OUT OF BEVERLEY WAS BLOCKED WITH CARS AT PEAK TIME BECAUSE OF THE SITE OF THE “GIVEAWAY” AT THE RACECOURSE. WE WENT IN ONE CAR TO SAVE FUEL AND REDUCE THE QUEUE, BUT WERE TOLD THAT WE COULD ONLY HAVE 2 BAGS AFTER QUEUING FOR 40 MINUTES. SO MUCH FOR US USING COMMON SENSE!

  6. Excellent, free compost just what all us gardeners need.

  7. mags westoby | April 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply

    Excellent idea, shall be getting some if I remember, would be great if they offered free compost bins at the same time so we can do our own

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