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Bling your bin


5:59am 22nd June 2011
(Updated 11:47am 22nd June 2011)

York Rotters are launching their 'Bling Your Bin competition and are on the hunt for beautiful or unusual compost bins.

 York Rotters Project Officer, Catherine Bamford says:

 ' some people think that compost bins can look a bit ugly or cost a lot of money, however this doesn't have to be the case. Compost bins can be made out of lots of materials and can be made to either be part of the garden's surroundings or made a feature of. Even a normal plastic compost bin can be decorated'.

York Rotters are encouraging York residents to get creative and send in pictures of their beautiful or unusual compost bin.

The winner of the competition will receive a £20 gardening voucher.

Photos can either be emailed to or posted to York Rotters at York Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST by Friday 1st July.

To find out more about the competition or how to compost please contact Catherine at York Rotters on 01904 412861 or email


As part of the celebrations for Recycle Week City of York Council’s Waste and recycling team is encouraging residents to recycle just a little bit more.

A wide range of information and advice is available across the city to help people waste less and recycle more and the council is keen to make it even easier for residents to get involved.

Elizabeth Parker, Waste Strategy officer, City of York Council, said:

“Over 45 per cent of household waste is currently recycled and composted in York and we’re aiming to increase this to 47 per cent by the end of the year.

We know that residents have been working really hard to get our recycling rate to this level, which is why we’ll be looking at ways we can help them recycle even more over the next few months.”

 Options for making ‘recycling life’ a little bit easier include:

  • Residents of flats with shared recycling bins can have a blue recycling bag for storing recycling inside the flats and carrying it to the bin store. 
  • Anyone living by themselves and not producing a lot of recycling materials can request a box with dividers, so they only need one box for glass, paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and cans
  • Anyone who can’t lift or carry their recycling can have wheels for their box or a simple trolley, which makes it easier to move.
  • Residents who have difficulties putting  their recycling boxes  out for collection due to reasons of age and disability should get in touch with the council to see if they are eligible for  an assisted collection.
  • Help is also available at all three Household Waste Recycling Centres – just ask an attendant to help lift heavy items into the skips

Elizabeth Parker, explained:

“Recycling is not only good for the environment but for the purse as well.

The council has to pay for the waste it sends to landfill, so every bit of waste we can recycle instead means that we save money - and for every tonne recycled instead of landfilled we save £80

 If you need help recycling please telephone the council on 01904 551551 or click here to apply for services on line.

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