VIEWS are being sought on the level of local support for a system to turn Ryedale food waste into everything from fertiliser to fuel.

Circular Malton and Norton is aiming to transform dealing with inedible leftovers from a “lose it to use it” approach that feeds back into the local economy.

The group is looking for views from residents and businesses on the idea of introducing an anaerobic digester to convert natural waste and thrown away food waste into biogas.

Trevor Barlow, Circular Malton and Norton team member, said: “Our first aim is to avoid food waste. At the same time, we know there is always a level of produce going to waste and we want to turn it into heat and energy for our local community instead of being transported across the county with minimal benefit to us locally.

“We are asking local residents to take part in a survey that tells them more about the project and asks for their views on the idea.

“Our aim is to find out how keen people are to support the digester plan, what questions are to be answered and look at suggestions on where to direct the benefits from the system.”

The project is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) funded Rural Community Energy Fund and the anonymous survey is being managed by an independent market research company.

“We would like to hear from as many people as possible, including families with young people and children who are at the heart of our bid for a better future,” said Trevor.

“This is all about our environment and acting locally is a step we can all make towards fighting against climate change and realising benefits in doing so.

“A community anaerobic digester for Malton and Norton is a natural step to ensure zero food waste for Yorkshire’s food capital.but we want to know what local people think.”

To take part in the survey, go to

The closing date is Wednesday, October 28, at 5pm, and all participants are entered into a free prize draw.