Ryedale District Council reminds residents ‘your waste is your responsibility’
Spring is often a time when we decide to have a big sort out in the house, begin some DIY projects or start to get the garden in shape for summer.
Whilst the traditional spring clean can help set us up for the rest of the year, Ryedale District Council is reminding citizens of the importance of legally disposing the extra waste it generates.
The Council has already seen a rise in fly tipping in 2022 and is launching its Your Waste, Your Responsibility campaign to educate citizens about the importance of legally disposing of their waste.
The authority’s Community Team will be launching the campaign at several events across the weekend of May 21 – 22.
Staff will be on hand to talk to Ryedale’s residents about their waste responsibility at Sand Hutton Community Event, the Castle Howard Dog Show and both days of the Yorkshire Game & Country Fair at Scampston Hall.
Making sure rubbish is correctly disposed of is an individual’s responsibility and failure to do so can result in a fixed penalty notice or in some cases prosecution leading to an unlimited fine.
Flytipping in Weaverthorpe, Ryedale
In particular the Council has seen an increase in fly-tips containing building materials, car parts, garden waste and household clearance materials as well as more rubbish being thrown from cars such as fast food wrappers.
As many large scale fly tips from this year are still under investigation details are not yet able to be revealed however in 2021 the authority recorded 255 instances of fly-tipping in Ryedale, up 20% from the year before.
Margaret Wallace, Director for People and Resource at Ryedale District Council, said: “Fly-tipping damages our environments and disrupts our communities.
“As we move into the warmer months, citizens rightly want to take advantage of exploring the district’s beautiful landscapes and should be able to do so without being blighted by piles of rubbish left illegally.
“It is vital that residents are aware of their legal obligations when it comes to getting rid of their rubbish which is why we are launching our new campaign.”
Ryedale residents can dispose of waste in a number of ways including their wheelie bins and recycling boxes, at Household Waste and Recycling Centres and by using the Council’s bulky waste collection service.
Those who choose to hire a private waste company need to make sure it has a waste carrier’s licence, is registered with the environment agency and will dispose of things legally and responsibly.
Council staff have also seen a high number of items being left next to recycling bins at Mini Recycling Centres and would like to remind residents that if a bin is full then rubbish should be taken elsewhere.
Residents can find out their nearest Household Waste and mini recycling centres, including their opening times, on the Council’s website here.
The bulky waste collections offered by Ryedale District Council include freestanding furniture, fridges, freezers, carpets and garden equipment.
More information on exactly what can be picked up, charges and how to request the service can be found here.
Learn more about your legal responsibilities with regards to waste here.