South Bank gets into shape for big Street Re:Cycle

Press release for immediate release:  12.09.2017


Streets in the South Bank area of York will be alive with community activity this Sunday when the fourth annual Street Re:Cycle event gets under way.

To date, 29 households have signed up to take part in the event – a community-wide “yard sale”, organised by voluntary group Planet South Bank – which is supported this year by GoodGym (pictured).


GoodGym limbering up for the Street Re:Cycle event (photo credit: Kate Lock)

The Street Re:Cycle, which gives people the chance to get rid of unwanted possessions, as well as to pick up previously owned items that others no longer want, is designed to reduce waste, promote reuse and encourage neighbourliness.

The event takes place from people’s front (and some back) yards on Sunday 17 September from 11.00am to 3.00pm across the wider South Bank area of York.

A map and list showing participating households can be viewed on the Planet South Bank website and Facebook page, with printed copies available from Sainsburys on Bishopthorpe Road. The hand-drawn map has been produced by artisan and Street Re:Cycle organiser Pie Waller.

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Map and list of participating households (drawn by Pie Waller)

The GoodGym team will be stationed at Cherry Tree Corner, at the intersection of Bishopthorpe Road and Scarcroft Road, and its members – who combine running with good deeds in the form of energetic voluntary work – will be available to help out, run errands and act as “porters”, carrying items home for people (12.00-3.00pm).

“This is the first time we’ve done it with GoodGym, and I hope there will be enough work to keep them active, so do use their services!” said Planet South Bank organiser Kate Lock.

“It’s a great opportunity to have a clear out now that the summer’s over. It’s not a commercial event – it’s much more about getting to know other local people and sharing things. Many people simply give away their stuff away or collect for charity.

“At the end of the day it’s about preventing items going to landfill and prolonging their usefulness for as long as possible. We don’t always need to get brand new stuff.”

The group encourages householders to donate items that are not rehomed to charity shops, or to recycle or repair as appropriate. All participants are responsible for clearing up afterwards and keeping the area tidy.

The Planet South Bank group, which was formed in 2010, has this year been given some funding by City of York Council’s Community Waste Fund to run a series of recycling-themed events, of which the Street Re:Cycle is one. The group has also run a successful Repair Café and clothes mending workshop and will be running another Repair Café at Clements Hall on 21 October (10.00am-1.00pm) followed by a recycling presentation and talk.

To find out more, and view the list of streets and map, go to or

GoodGym can be contacted for assistance on the day on 07473 933335.

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