Free compost giveaways are back – but East Riding residents are warned not to queue before or face being turned away

Free compost giveaways return to the East Riding next week.

East Riding Council will be handing out 5,000 bags of compost – a total of 60 tonnes – to local residents over nine events, between Monday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 28. As in previous years, residents are invited to drive along to their nearest giveaway event, where two bags of compost will be placed into their car boots by council staff.

The giveaways will start in Pocklington before moving on to Brough/Elloughton, Withernsea, Beverley, Preston, Goole, Hornsea, Carnaby and finish in Driffield. The compost being given away will be entirely made up from the recycled garden and food waste, which East Riding residents place in their brown bins.


Councillor Paul West, the council’s portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “We’ve been running our compost giveaways for a number of years now and they’ve been as popular as ever. They are the council’s way of thanking residents across the area for their fantastic, continuing support of our recycling schemes.”

Free compost will be given away at the following events. Residents are asked not to queue at the venues beforehand or they may be turned away for safety reasons.

East Riding Council staff working at the Driffield compost giveaway in September last year
East Riding Council staff working at the Driffield compost giveaway in September last year -Credit:East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Monday, May 13, from 5pm - Pocklington, Wolds Gliding Club, Hodsow Lane, YO42 1NP

  • Wednesday, May 15, from 4pm - Brough/Elloughton, Brantingham Park, Elloughton, HU15 1HX

  • Friday, May 17, from 4pm - Withernsea, Pavilion Car Park, Station Road, HU19 2QA

  • Saturday, May 18, from 10am - Beverley, council depot, Annie Reed Road, HU17 0LF

  • Monday, May 20, from 4.30pm - Preston, Lelley Fields Crematorium, Sproatley Road, HU12 8FX

  • Wednesday, May 22, from 4pm - Goole, West Park, DN14 6UU

  • Friday, May 24, from 4.30pm - Hornsea, Freeport, Rolston Road, HU18 1UT (new venue)

  • Saturday, May 25, from 10am - Carnaby, council depot, Carnaby Industrial Estate, Lancaster Road, YO15 3QY

  • Tuesday, May 28, from 4pm - Driffield, Driffield Showground, Kelleythorpe, YO25 9DN

All brown bin contents collected in the East Riding get recycled into compost by the Biowise plant in Willerby – where the giveaway compost comes from. Brown bins can be used to recycle grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches, leaves, flowers and weeds, all cooked and uncooked food, peelings, plate scrapings, bones, bread, meat, eggshells and small amounts of soups, sauces and gravies.

The compost is best used as a soil improver.