Reduce & Recycle

Coast and County Radio is urging you to join us in our quest to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

We are very proud of our corner of the world and endeavour to preserve its wildlife, waterways and natural beauty through making small but achievable changes.

This resource features predominately local schemes and organisations, as well as national ones, including tips on how to reduce landfill waste by recycling correctly, composting advice, alternatives for single use items and reducing the amount of plastic we use overall. By switching to reusable items and using natural ingredients to make your own products you can not only reduce your environmental impact, but save money too.


  • Are you a charity/ non-profit organisation / group / club / sole person with an aim and passion for preserving our earth? We’d love to speak to you!

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  • Are you a business owner who is currently making steps towards reducing your footprint?
    Does your business facilitate a reduced waste lifestyle?
    We can promote not only what you do, but the ethics you stand by. Therefore aiding our listeners in choosing a business that cares.

Contact us for more information:

Your Home Recycling Bin

Recycling centres

Check out your local Household Recycling centers to see what you could save from going to landfill.

Seamer Carr:


Hazel Court:

Leeming Bar:
Catterick Bridge:
Boroughbridge: (Mobile service)

Wetherby Road:
West Harrogate:


Reeth: (mobile)
West Burton: (mobile)
Aysgarth: (mobile)
Askrigg: (mobile)
Hawes: (mobile)


Recycling schemes and Charity Donation

  • Beach Clean-ups - There are beach clean ups happening most weekends along our Yorkshire Coast, and many more throughout the warmer months when tourism is higher. Volunteers all get together to remove plastic waste which gets washed up on our shores. Check out the upcoming dates here:
  • If you are unable to make an organised beach clean up, how about doing a litter pick in your local area? Our residential streets and public spaces are often badly littered, take a bag, see how much you find and how much can be recycled. 

  • Foodbanks are always in need of donations, find your local food bank and see what they are currently in need of:









  • Teracycle  - Terracycle schemes recycle items which would normally go to landfill whilst donating 2p per item to the host charity.

'Ellie's Fund' collecting: All biscuit wrapper, All writing instrument. All air and homeware packaging.
15 Pinfold Close, Newby, YO12 6UZ. Mon-Fri All Day
'Scarborough DAG' collecting: Garnier Packaging, All baby food pouch, Any biscuit wrapper, All air and homeware packaging.
Unit 4, The Street, 12 Lower Clark Street, YO12 7PW. Mon-Fri 8-9:30 Sat 8-4
'MS Society' Collecting: Massimo T-DISCs and outer packaging, Kenco Waste
98 Osgodby Lane, Osgodby, YO11 3QH. Mon-Sun All Day

'Friends of St Nicholas Fields' Collecting: All anti-perspirant aerosol, Tassimo T-DISCs and outer packaging, Kenco Waste, All baby food pouches, All biscuit wrapper, All writing instrument, All air and homeware packaging.
St Nicks Environment Centre, Radon Avenue, YO10 3ST. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 
'Bug life' Collecting: All baby food pouches.
Knapton Lane, YO26 5PU. Mon-Sun All Day
'Yorkshire Air Ambulance' Collecting All biscuit wrappers
Aldwark Manor, Aldwark, YO61 1UF. Mon-Fri All Day

'British Kidney Patient Association' Collecting: All biscuit wrappers, All homecare packaging.
36 Crimple Meadows, HG3 1EN. Mon-Sun 7am - 11pm

'Emergency animal rescue support' Collecting: All biscuit wrappers, All homecare packaging.
Holmlea, Kirklington, DL8 2ND. Mon-Sun 8am-10pm
'Plan International' Collecting: Tassimo T-DISCs & outer packaging, Kenco Waste.
1 Borrowby Avenue, Northallerton, DL6 1AL. Mon-Sun All Day

'West Cliff Primary School' Collecting Any writing instrument.
West Cliff Primary School, Church Square, Whitby, YO21 3EG. Mon-Fri 9-4

National Schemes


  • Support your local traders and purchase from some of the fantastic independent grocery suppliers, scoop shops, wholesalers and markets. Not only does this benefit your local community but also reduces the amount of miles your food has traveled from source to plate. 
  • There are Farmers Markets on every week all over North Yorkshire, usually running from March to December. Have a look at our Community Calendar of events to find your nearest Market:

    Box Delivery Schemes: There are many local and national producers of fruit, veg and meat who can deliver fresh and organic produce straight to your door all in a recyclable/returnable box.

In the supermarket:

  • Take your own bags when food shopping
  • Opt for unpackaged fruit & veg
  • Take your own containers to the counter for dairy, meat and deli products (please check specific supermarkets for their policy on this)
  • Opt for wholesale ‘weigh your own’stations
  • Check the recyclability of the packaged products you use
  • Recycle any ‘stretchy’ plastic bags at supermarket recycling points
  • Grow your own!!! Vegetables, Fruit and herbs. Nothing can compete with fresh out the garden homegrown produce. Whether you’ve a garden, a yard, or a sunny windowsil, theres so many different things you can grow from home:





  • Want fresh eggs every day? How about adopting an ex battery hen? If you or group of friends/relatives/neighbours have the space, you could give a hen the freedom they had previously been denied, with the added bonus of fresh and free eggs daily.



When leftover food goes to landfill it doesn’t have the correct conditions to decompose, by composting your scraps you can eliminate waste and make some nutrient rich soil for the garden and your houseplants.

Currently in North Yorkshire, The City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council have teamed up with to provide a great deal of ‘buy one get one half price’. The bins are £8 for 220litre, £10 for 330 litre plus £5.99 delivery. Team up with someone you know so you both benefit from this great discount and start your composoting journey today!

Alternatively, if you have some unused wood/ plastic/metal lying around, you could build your own compost bin. Lot’s of great ideas here:

And once you have your bin, what can you put in it? Compost bins need a 50:50 mix of green and brown waste. Green waste provides the moisture, is nitrogen rich, and quick to rot. Brown waste is slower to rot, carbon rich, and provides the fibre and creates air pockets.


  • Leftover Vegetable/Salad & Fruit scraps
  • Tofu
  • Crushed eggshells
  • LOOSE Tea leaves / coffee grounds
  • Paper/Cardboard
  • Garden cuttings/prunings, weeds, and ‘gone over’ plants/flowers
  • Vaccum bag contents/houshold sweepings
  • hair/pet fur
  • Bamboo products
  • Cellulose (a biodegradable natural plastic made from wood pulp)
  • Droppings from Rabbits/Chicken/Goat
  • Pet bedding, Hay/wood chips/straw


  • TEABAGS!!!! Teabags are made from woven plastic which isn’s biodegradadble. The contents of used tea leaves are fine, just not the bags!
  • Leftover Meat/Dairy/sauces. This can attract vermon (check out ‘Bokashi method’ for desposing of lefteover foods)
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Cat litter/ dog dropping

Bokashi: Bokashi is a bran or chaff substance and this method can be done indoors, using a small container. Drop your leftover kitchen waste (including meat/bones/dairy/sauces) into the bin, cover with the bokashi mix which is inoculated with micro-organisms; the contents decompose organic substances anaerobically. It produces a decayed (and a bit smelly) liquid and after two weeks, the contents can be either added to the compost pile or burried in the ground.

Wormery: The most self sufficient pets? 😉 Very similar to a regular garden compost but with added worm power! This is a fantastic guide to starting a wormery:

North Yorkshire Rotters are always looking for volunteers to join them

The Love Food Hate Waste Campaign

Household Products

We are inundated with numerous different cleaning products which are often unnecessary, toxic to aquatic life and packaged in plastic. Switch to a more environmentaly friendly brand or opt for basic, natural products to create your own, and save money in the long run.


See how green your usual products really are here:

  • Bicorbanate of Soda: (Also ‘Baking soda’) but always ‘Sodium Bicarbonate” This wonder product has so many uses, it is the one product every household should have!

  • Lemon juice is another wonder product:

  • Vinegar has long been used for cleaning around the home, see if you can replace some of regular products with this simple alternative:

  • Disposable wipes

These are a popular and convenient option for cleaning around the home, yet they are the biggest culprit for drain blockages in the uk. These wipes are often a mixture of polyester and polypropylene fibres.

  • kitchen roll

This can be replaced with tea towels, stock up and wash on a hot cycle. 

  • Tin Foil

A silicone baking mat can be purchased in place of foil, the special design of mesh and silicone provides a constant distribution of heat for even baking.

  • Cling Film

Beeswax wraps, an alternative to clingfilm is  a material coated in bees wax, they can be bought or homemade.

  • Washing up sponge

These can be replaced with a compostable loofah or a sturdy wooden hand brush

  • Household Cleaning utensils

When your current ones have come to the end of their life, check out your local hardware store and invest in good quality wood and metal items, which will last longer, or bamboo which can be composted.


  • Nappies – Disposable nappies are one of the longest to decompose single use items, around 500 years for every nappy! Traditional terry cotton nappies were used for genaerations, and they still work brilliantly today. There are numerous new and improved cloth nappies on the market, designed with ease of use for the busy parent or carer. Facebook is great place to start for advice, lots of fantastic groups and also the the place to find pre-loved nappies for sale.
  • Nappy Libraries – These are great little face to face meet ups where you can get guidance and tips from other cloth using parents. You can borrow different nappies to try out, and see which type and your child prefer before you buy.

    *coming soon*
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  • Disposable baby wipes

    These can be replaced with reusable cloth wipes, usually made from cotton or bamboo, or homemade with scraps of material. Wash alongside nappies.

  • Bathtime
    Wash Products such as baby shampoo, oil and talc is unneccersray for young babies, the body naturally regulates oils on the skin and hair follicles. A lot of these heaviliy advertised products contain ingredients which are not only harsh on the skin, but harmful to aquatic life, do you really want that on your baby’s skin?  Water is all thats really needed for cleaning off any muck! Coconut oil is a great allrounder for dry patches and even cradle cap. 

If your child sufers a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis then please always follow the doctors advice.

  • Breast pads

Yes, you can get washable breast pads too, often a combination of cotton and bamboo.

  • Formula

Powdered milk containers are designed with hygiene being the number one priority, as it stands there is no easy method to recycle the packaging, which contains a combination of paper, plastic and alliminium. But they can be reused and repurpused:

  • Plant pots
  • Food scrap collectors
  • Small toy/craft organisation
  • Small waste paper bin

The plastic lids can go in your household recycling bin but the scoops cannot, these scoops can be repursed around the home and distributed to friends and family to use for:

  • Tea/coffee/hot chocolate
  • Dry food
  • Laudry powder/ powdered cleaning procts
  • Gardening/ Pottin Plants


  • Baby food

The pre-made food that comes in glass jars with lids are widely recycled and the pouches can be recycled at Teracycle points. It is very simple to make your own on a daily basis, or batch and freeze in advance.

Out and about

How often do we use single use items when going about our day, how about making a reusable pack which you can take out and about.

A sturdy reusable bag  

A insulated flask/ water bottle

A reusable lidded coffee cup which can be used for hot or cold drinks

A lunchbox (for homemade lunches or to contain takeaway food)

A set of cuttelry, bamboo makes a lighter option or a simple ‘spork’

A cotton bag or beeswax wrap for food produce

A bamboo or stainless steel reusable straw

A set of hankies

Toiletries & Cosmetics

Evaluate the products you use, do you need them, can you switch? 


  • Face/Body Washing

Liquid soaps and cleansers teamed with synthetic sponges and pouffes have become common place in the bathroom. Traditional soap bars have come a long way, can be bought wrapped in paper, can be homemade, and stored in a tin. Some companies offer a refill service which is another waste reducing option.

A traditional loofah (a natural product made from the dried fruit of a plant from the cucumber family) is both exfoliating and creates bubbles.

  • Oral Hygiene

There are many compostable bamboo toothbrushes on the market, these often still have plastic based bristles, which have to be removed before composting. Some companies are producing bristles made from wood and plant pulp, this would be the ideal option for a fully compostable brush.

Currently all toothpaste containing fluoride comes in a plastic tube, these are widely recycled. If you are happy to go without fluoride then there are companies producing natural pastes in glass jars with metal lids.

  • Shampoo

Again, shampoo and conditioner can be found in bar form and some retailers offer refills. You could take the plunge; stop using shampoo altogether and try the ‘no poo method’ more info here:

  • Shaving

Metal ‘safety razors’ will last a lifetime, just replace the recyclable blades when needed. 

A foaming soap bar in place of shaving foam

  • Creams & Lotions

Many of our favourite moisturisers and targeting products come in plastic containers, if you’re not ready to switch then check out where you can recycle the container. If you want to look into changing, lots of products are really unnecessary, often stripping the skin and then requiring it to be synthetically moisturised, the same as shampoo/conditioner. There are many UK companies who produce natural and often organic oils in glass bottles which can replace make-up remover, cleanser, moisturiser, and anti-acing creams.

  • Make-up remover wipes

Replace with reusable cloths made from cotton, bamboo, wool… soak in coconut oil or any oil of your choice.

  • Exfoliation

We are all aware of the dangers of plastic micro-beads often used in face and body products. There are so many alternatives which work just as well if not better. Such as sugar scrubs, poppy seeds and crushed nut shells. Dry brushing with a firm bristled body brush, not only exfoliates but improves circulation.

  • Toilet Roll

Try making a switch to recycled paper or bamboo paper and choose packaging that is biodegradable or recyclable. Better still, small washable cloths often referred to as ‘family cloth’ can be bought, or made from scraps/old towels/clothes. Store them in a lidded container next to the toilet and wash at 60 degrees. The use of a bidet or installing a toilet douche is another option.

  • Menstrual Hygiene

Disposable sanitary products contribute to a large amount of waste. Yet there are several reusable options available.

Cloth sanitary pads come in many different thickness, sizes, shapes and patterns! They are often made from absorbant bamboo fibres and are secured using velcro or a popper. When used, just rinse and pop in the washing machine at 60degrees.

Silicone cups have become a very popular alternative to tampons. There are several companies that make different shapes and sizes to suit, some are also involved with charities who donate a cup to women in developing countries with every purchase.

Sanitary Underwear has been created as an all in one option which can be washed in a regular cycle.