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Malton in determined bid to become one of England’s leading Circular Towns.

22/09/2022 Blog
Malton in determined bid to become one of England’s leading Circular Towns.

The Circular Malton and Norton initiative, established in 2019, is working on expansion and seeking investment.

The big news in Malton this month is the opening of Ryedale Remakes, Circular Malton’s brand-new reuse and repair shop. The shop will offer opportunities to take donated items, surplus or unsold items from charity shops, and things that would have otherwise been thrown away, and use them create new furnishings, storage, and home décor, giving donated materials a new lease of life.

The shop, on Railway Street in the town centre, will be working with a number of local artists to use donated materials in different ways, and hopes to offer workshops to share and embed repair skills within the community. By helping people feel more confident about repairing household items, those items can be kept out of landfill and in use, prolonging the lifespan of the resources. Workshops like these can also help build social connections in the community, reducing loneliness and isolation, which can be particularly important in rural towns like Malton.

Ryedale Remakes has received funding from the National Lottery’s Together For Our Planet fund, which aims to support projects that deliver both community development and action on climate change. The project is currently calling for materials to help stock the workshop; surplus or offcuts of wood, spare paint, and fabrics are all welcome donations, as are spare tools that the community may have. To make a donation or get involved, email hello@ryedaleremakes.org

Circular Hub receives popular approval

The proposal for the Eden Circular Hub, a community Anaerobic Digestion site, is moving ahead with the next stages of development – preparing their planning application. The project will use the town’s food and agricultural waste to produce valuable biogas to support the site and local gas networks. Community engagement is key to the scheme, and further research and one-to-one interviews with residents have shown a rise in approval ratings for the scheme amongst the community, from 78% to 89%.

If you’re interested in the work of the Circular Malton and Norton team, they’ll be presenting at Ryedale Ecofair on Saturday 24th September, 10am–2pm. The fair forms part of the Ryedale Great Big Green Week, and will be held at the Milton Rooms in Malton, so swing by and say hello if you’re keen to find out more.

Circular Towns

As the climate crisis becomes more apparent, we need to find ways of working with the planet, making best use of what we already have, and limiting our use of natural resources to allow them to recover. Our Circular Towns project aims to help bring this approach into a community setting, and deliver social benefits as well, creating greener, fairer, and stronger towns and villages across the region. If you’re interested and want to get involved with the Circular Towns project, contact Erin Wheeler, Circular Economy Officer, erin.wheeler@ynylep.com

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