As Yorlocal company based in, and operating around, North Yorkshire, we take our community responsibilities seriously.

Whether this is investing in low emission vehicles or generating green electricity, our aim is to minimise the impact we have on the environment and the communities we serve.

Investing in the community is also important to us. This could involve opening a new facility which creates jobs for local people, supporting local events through sponsorship, or by providing our services free of charge.

But by far the biggest way we help the community is through our environmental body, Yorventure.

Yorventure distributes, on our behalf, grants to environmental and community projects in the vicinity of our landfill sites. The money for these grants comes through Landfill Tax Credits.

We are very proud that since Yorventure was established in 1997, grants of £17 million have been distributed to projects in Yorwaste’s areas of operation.

Grants provided during 2016/17 included:

Morton-on-Swale Play Area, near Northallerton – awarded £28,900

Morton-on-Swale Parish Council were able to use the money to put towards the revamp of a play area in the village. The area has been completely transformed with equipment for all ages, including adults, being installed.

Strensall Play Area, York – awarded £20,150

A rundown play area was transformed to provide a range of equipment on one level, usable by both disabled and able-bodied children. The existing surface was removed and replaced by a safer turfed area, allowing better access, and seating wasinstalled around the edge for supervising adults. The refurbished play area now enables both adults and children to socialise, bringing the community together.

Scruton Station Service Platform, near Northallerton – awarded £22,280

Trains passing through this restored station were unable to stop as it lacked a platform that met current operational rail standards. A new timber platform was constructed to allow village residents to use the railway to access local market towns; school groups to visit the educational facility by rail and people to visit the station, which is the only surviving example of a North Eastern Railway wayside station.

Scarborough Gymnastics Academy – awarded £9,450

The Academy was looking to increase participation of the 9+ age group and bought new equipment which would enable the popular free running to take place safely indoors, alongside a gym fit initiative which focuses on a variety of exercises aimed at developing strength, flexibility and stamina.

St James Close Play Park, Melsonby, near Richmond – awarded £24,759

An existing play area was improved through the installation of new surfaces and modern, exciting equipment for children aged six months to ten years, including facilities for disabled children.

Ryther Village Hall, near Selby – awarded £25,000

The hall was extended to create a larger kitchen area. The hall is used by a wide range of groups and also provides a venue for events and social functions, all of whom are now benefiting from the improved facilities.

Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall, near Thirsk – awarded £37,020

Awarded £37,020 towards the construction of a new toilet block, improvements to the foyer and access. The Hall is the only community meeting space within the village and is a lifeline for many people to socialise and access vital services. A village consultation highlighted the need for a number of improvements needed to the hall and the money was used to provide new toilet facilities and improvements to the entrance foyer, access and frontage.

2017 marks the last year of funding through Yorventure. For further information please visit the Yorventure website.

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In 2016, we provided grants of over £750,000 to community and environmental projects in North Yorkshire.

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