‘Can do’ Moorsline fundraising experts recycle for final time

THE North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s York Area Group – which raises vital funds for the line through recycling paper and aluminium products – has closed down after 30 years.

In that time, the volunteers have recycled over 3100 tons of waste paper and cardboard, seven tons of aluminium cans, 32 tons of aluminium foil and 103 tons of glass, raising over £113,000.

The York Area Group team at the Poppleton recycling centre, with what looks like another nearly full container. From left are: Simon Cox, Mick Watson, Mike McDonald, Doreen Williams, John Meredith, John Hasler and Graham Robinson. NYMR

The group, a registered charity in its own right, began collecting waste paper in the old waiting room on Pickering station in late 1973.

A year later the group moved to the location at Poppleton on the outskirts of York, where they enjoyed rent-free accommodation with three owners over the years.

As this location is now required for redevelopment, the group’s operations ended in August.

The group has raised funds for a variety of projects including the railway’s rolling stock.

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