Community waste sector
The community waste sector is extremely diverse and in York and North Yorkshire it is made up of local community groups, charities and other social enterprises, all of which contribute to the delivery and promotion of sustainable waste management.
The community waste sector comprises charities, community groups and not for profit businesses and works at neighbourhood, local, regional and national levels, delivering a huge variety of services to communities through waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting projects and provides both permanent and voluntary employment to a wide range of people.
The sector is able to assist local authorities in meeting their household waste reuse, recycling and composting targets, whilst providing additional local community benefits including:
The York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership recognises the contribution made by the sector in delivering reuse, recycling and composting activities and how the sector contributes to the economy and social wellbeing of the area.
Across York and North Yorkshire there are many community or charity run projects reusing or recycling items ranging from textiles and furniture to bikes and tools.
Community groups or charities carrying out reuse or recycling activities across North Yorkshire can benefit from reuse and recycling credits if they divert either reusable goods or recyclable waste from landfill.
The York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership's community reuse fund is also available to community groups and charities across York and North Yorkshire to set up or improve reuse schemes.