CRAVEN householders could get two recycling bins as part of a shake-up of North Yorkshire Council's waste collection service.

Residents are being asked to share their views about rubbish and recycling as part of a new public engagement campaign aimed at reducing waste and protecting the environment in North Yorkshire.

Responses to the Let’s Talk Rubbish survey will help the council to understand residents’ behaviours and shape future improvements to its collection service.

It is seeking views on plans to give households two wheelie bins for recycling, one for glass, cans and plastic, and one for paper and card, with alternate fortnightly collections.

The council says a key aim is to reduce contamination and collect better quality material at the kerbside, which is improved when residents are able to separate recyclable material.

When paper or card is mixed with plastic or glass, or exposed to the elements, it can become wet and lower the resale value. However, by keeping these items separate, it means they are worth more to recycling manufacturers.

Two wheelie bins would also provide residents with maximum capacity to recycle as much material as they can, as well as reduce any material being scattered on the street from either the wind or wildlife on collection day.

The collection of non-recyclable rubbish will remain the same as it is now, and residents can also opt-in for garden waste collections.

As with current collections, alternative methods would also still be used for properties where storage or access is limited.

Across the county, about 310,000 tonnes of household waste is collected each year from more than 300,000 properties. About 45 per cent of this is reused, recycled, or composted.

The formation of North Yorkshire Council brought together seven different ways of collecting household waste and recycling, which was the role of the district and borough councils.

By looking at the existing service, the council is striving to be more efficient and cost-effective by encouraging residents to reduce household waste and increase recycling, as well as ensuring everyone receives the same, regardless of where they live.

Cllr Greg White, North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for managing our environment, said: “Following an extensive review of the different collection methods, the proposal to provide two wheelie bins is our preferred option for recycling collections.

“It would mean residents have the capacity to recycle more, and it would also provide the best value for money, as high-quality, clean recyclable material is worth more to manufacturers.

“By reducing waste and increasing our recycling, we can also help to conserve our natural resources, protect the environment, save energy, and support our ambitions of becoming carbon negative.

“We know this is an important subject, so through Let’s Talk Rubbish, we want to know how you feel about your existing collection service and what we can all do to help achieve our goals.”

All local authorities must meet the requirements of the Environment Act 2021 and move towards improved recycling collections, where possible. The Government also expects all councils to recycle 65 per cent of their waste by 2035.

Let’s Talk Rubbish is part of the council’s ongoing Let’s Talk campaign, listening to people who live and work in North Yorkshire. The Let’s Talk campaign has already sought the public’s views on the council’s finances, transport and a climate change strategy.

To take part in the survey, visit Copies of the survey are also available in libraries or at the Craven office of North Yorkshire Council at Belle Vue Square, Skipton; also by telephone on 0300 131 2 131 - when prompted say ‘Let’s Talk’, or email :

The deadline for responses is September 16. A schedule of face-to-face engagement events will be shown on the council's consultation webpage.