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Recycling - information and advice

Craven District Council offer a range of recycling opportunities to residents across the District.

We offer a kerbside collection of paper, cardboard, glass, cans, plastic bottles and garden waste.  Please see related content for further information.

We provide a number of recycling bring sites throughout the District.  North Yorkshire County Council also provide two household waste recycling centres in the Craven area, where residents can take items for recycling.

In addition, we can all do our bit for the environment by making some simple changes to the way we live our lives. Below are some of the things you can do to help reduce the amount of waste you produce.

  • Buy in bulk - reduce packaging by buying larger containers, concentrates and refills. This will also help you to save money!
  • Buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than over-packaged varieties and choose products packed in recyclable material.
  • Buy products with less packaging.
  • Home composting items such as fruit and vegetable peelings, grass cuttings and teabags turns waste into a reuseable product and, during decomposition, reduces the volume of waste.
  • Avoid food waste - about one third of the food we buy gets thrown away and most of this could have been eaten. To find useful tips on the storage of food, tantalising recipes and advice on portion sizes visit the Love Food Hate Waste site. This will also save you money.
  • Avoid plastic carrier bags - use cloth bags or a "bag-for-life" when you go shopping. Try to keep a few reuseable shopping bags in your car, next to your door or in your handbag
  • Drink tap water rather than bottled water to reduce the number of plastic bottles.
  • Unwanted mail - to reduce the amount of unwanted mail through your letterbox there are several things you can do; Register with the Mailing Preference Service to stop receiving unsolicited/addressed advertising mail like credit card applications.
  • Choose reuseable items like cloth napkins, refillable pens and non-disposable razors.
  • Opt for ceramic crockery with cloth napkins instead of paper or plastic alternatives.
  • Use old glass jars to store small items such as nails and pins.
  • Save any bubble wrap or padded envelopes and reuse when you next send a parcel.
  • Cut up old Christmas cards to make gift tags for next year.
  • Use dishcloths instead of disposable wipes.
  • Buy rechargeable batteries and energy saving light bulbs. Energy saving light bulbs last up to 12 times longer.
  • Use reuseable nappies - 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK.
  • Use reuseable containers and lunch boxes instead of plastic or foil wrapping.
  • When using paper use both sides of the page and buy recycled paper.
  • Use the black side of paper for notes and then recycle it.
  • Recycle printer ink cartridges.
  • Repair broken or damaged items when possible.
  • Pass unwanted toys and clothes to neighbours, nurseries or charities.
  • Buy recycled products e.g. paper, glass, tissues, toilet rolls and kitchen rolls.  

For further information and useful recycling tips you can visit the following websites:

Love Food Hate Waste
Working Together for a World Without Waste
Recycle Now Website