North Yorkshire needs Rotters

22 February 2011

People who are passionate about environmental issues and eager to play their part in reducing waste are being invited to become volunteers with the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership.

The partnership needs “Rotters” … fully trained volunteers who:

Raise awareness amongst the wider public of the importance of home composting and the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

Encourage more people to compost at home

Help those already composting to do so more effectively

Advise on reducing food waste by effective planning, storing and cooking with leftovers

Lead, help at and enjoy shows, events and talks, stalls and more…

Take part in social activities and be involved in the community.

No experience is necessary as full training and on-going support is provided. All volunteers need to do is donate their time and enthusiasm.

Once fully trained, volunteers will be equipped to promote simple ways to reduce waste through a range of activities to suit individual skills. This could be through helping people in their local neighbourhoods; giving presentations or demonstrations to schools; promoting waste reduction at local shows and fairs; hosting drop-in composting surgeries; or providing support over the telephone. Current campaigns include home composting, Love Food Hate Waste and choose2reuse.

All equipment, out-of-pocket expenses and assistance will be provided through the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership (YNYWP) which comprises North Yorkshire County Council, the seven District councils, and City of York council.

County Councillor Clare Wood, executive member for waste disposal and chairman of the waste partnership said: ““The North Yorkshire Rotters are an integral part of our waste prevention campaigns and we need to boost volunteer numbers so that we can reach more people across the county. If you have some free time to spare, why not volunteer – you can meet like minded people, make new friends and encourage others to try simple actions that will benefit the environment”.

If you have some time to spare and want to become a Rotter, training is being held in Scarborough and Northallerton as follows:

Friday 25th February 2011 at Northdale Horticulture, Northallerton from 9.30am – 4.00pm.

Saturday 12th March 2011 at Falsgrave community resource centre, Scarborough, 9.30am – 4.00 pm

Pre-booking is essential to this interactive training day.

Further training dates and locations will be arranged throughout the Spring.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a North Yorkshire Rotter, and wants to book a place on one of the training courses, should contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 01609 797212 or email

For more information about the North Yorkshire Rotters visit

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