Millionth visitor is a rubbish milestone

symon fraser
symon fraser

The household waste recycling site at Driffield was the scene of celebration as East Riding of Yorkshire Council marked the one millionth visitor to drop off their waste.

To mark this milestone, as Margaret Buchanan and her daughter in law Donna Catterill entered the site on Monday, Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning presented her with an armful of gifts including a leisure centre pass, car boot liner and garden waste sacks.

In the last 12 months, the council’s 10 household waste recycling sites have been more popular than ever, with one million visitors taking more than 50,000 tonnes, equivalent to around 113 Boeing 747’s.

For the last year, up to 4,000 tonnes was taken to the Kelleythorpe site, equal in weight to almost 260 double-decker buses. It has allowed the site to achieve regular monthly recycling rates of up to 80 per cent, one of the best rates of any waste site in the country.

Councillor Fraser said: “East Riding’s residents are among the best anywhere when it comes to recycling their waste and proof, if it was needed, is that there have been one million visits to the 10 sites in just one year.

“That is a staggering figure and so is the amount of waste they have taken to the sites to be recycled and kept out of landfill.”

Up to 30 different types of waste is accepted at the sites including printer cartridges, fridges, cooking oil, textiles, scrap metal and just about everything in between.

The sites are open daily from 10am to 5pm except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. They close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. For more information about the sites, visit