Litter pick before and after

Ryedale District Council thanks volunteers for their work during Zero Waste Week and remind citizens to take rubbish away

This Zero Waste Week, Ryedale District Council is thanking the many individuals and groups that volunteer to clear up litter across the district.

Zero Waste Week is an annual campaign which aims to demonstrate ways to reduce waste, foster community support and raise awareness of the increasing problem of environmental waste and pollution.

Throughout the year, Ryedale District Council's Waste and Environmental Services Team - Streetscene - work in partnership with voluntary groups in the community to keep the environment clean, green, and safe.

Recently, volunteers from Malton & Norton Tidy Group gave up time from their weekend to clear an embankment next to a layby on the A64 near Malton which was filled with rubbish including car tyres.

This is just one example of many which shows the positive work of volunteers in Ryedale.

The Council has seen a rise in flytipping in 2022 and earlier this year launched its Your Waste, Your Responsibility campaign to educate citizens about the importance of legally disposing of their waste.

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.

Margaret Wallace, Programme Director for People and Resources at Ryedale District Council, said: “We see many volunteers in our district picking up what has been left behind by others. Whilst it is a shame they need to do this the Council is very grateful to those individuals and groups which help us to keep Ryedale clean.

“Zero Waste Week is a good reminder of the importance of the reduce, reuse, recycle message and gives us an opportunity to thank the volunteers in our communities that go above and beyond to keep our landscapes clean and tidy.

“We’re lucky enough to live in such beautiful surroundings, I would remind everyone to throw their rubbish away properly, recycling what they can, when out and about in Ryedale.”

If citizens would like help to get rid of litter they can contact: litterpicks@ryedale.gov.uk. The Council can provide litter picking kits and collect and dispose of any rubbish that is picked up.

To find out more about Zero Waste Week visit here

More information about the Your Waste, Your Responsibility campaign is available here