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Residents of Goole and surrounding areas can get their hands on some free compost as the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s annual free compost giveaways gets underway next month.

Around 5,000 bags of compost will be handed out for free at 10 giveaway events held across the East Riding.

Residents are invited to go along to the events to collect two free 15kg bags of compost per car, which will be placed in their vehicles by council staff.

All the compost being given away has been recycled from the garden and food waste that householders in the area put into their brown bins.

That includes grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches, leaves, flowers and weeds, cooked and uncooked food, peelings, plate scrapings, bones, meat and egg shells – which can all be turned into compost for the garden.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: “Our annual compost giveaways are a gesture from the council to say thank you to the residents of the East Riding for their fantastic efforts in recycling their rubbish.

“All the garden and food waste residents place in their brown bins is recycled into compost, so every time people put their bins out for collection they know their waste will be going to good use and helping the environment.”

The giveaways start at 4pm at each site except Beverley which starts at 10am.

The events end when all the bags have been given away on a first come first served basis.

Residents are asked not to queue beforehand or they may be turned away for safety reasons.

The dates for the compost giveaways are as follows:

Tuesday 3 May 4pm – Hornsea, Broadway Car Park, HU18 1PZ

Wednesday 4 May ­4pm – Market Weighton, Market Car Park, YO43 3AJ

Thursday 5 May ­4pm – Goole, West Park, DN14 6UU

Friday 6 May 4pm – Preston, South Holderness School, HU12 8UZ

Monday 9 May 4pm – Bridlington, Hilderthorpe Coach and Car Park, YO15 3HA

Tuesday 10 May 4pm – Withernsea, Market Car Park, HU19 2QA

Wednesday 11 May 4pm – Elloughton, Brantingham Park, HU15 1HX

Thursday 12 May 4pm – Pocklington, Henry Thirsk Amenity Centre car park (Pocklington Town AFC), The Balk, YO42 2NZ

Friday 13 May 4pm – Driffield Showground, Kelleythorpe, YO25 9DN

Saturday 14 May 10am-noon – Beverley, council depot, Annie Reed Road, off Grovehill Road and Beck View Road, HU17 0LF.

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