Free compost giveaways to return for first time in two years

September 10, 2021

Free compost giveaways run by East Riding of Yorkshire Council are returning this month for the first time since 2019.

Eight giveaway events will be held across the region later this month, with our nearest event being held at West Park in Goole on Wednesday, September 22 from 4pm.

Through the scheme a total of 5,000 bags of compost will be handed out for free to East Riding residents who are invited to drive along to their nearest event, where two 15kg bags of compost will be placed into each car boot.

All events will be Covid-safe and residents are asked to stay in their vehicles.

As in previous years, the compost given away will be made up directly from the garden and food waste which 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, egg shells and small amounts of soups, sauces and gravies – all of it gets recycled into compost.

Councillor Chris Matthews, the council’s portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: “I’m really pleased we can now restart our compost giveaway events after a break of almost two years because of the pandemic.

“These giveaways are our way of thanking the residents of the East Riding for their continued support of our recycling schemes.”


Residents in the East Riding can receive two free bags of compost thanks to ERYC’s giveaway scheme. (16-09-61 SU)

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