A WASTE management company has partnered with a children’s hospice to launch a 'Re-Use Santa' campaign which has multiple benefits.

Yorwaste, which has many sites across North Yorkshire, is asking for donations of unwanted toys which otherwise may be thrown away to make way for new ones this Christmas.

Those toys will then be distributed to the charity shops of Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People who will use the sales proceeds to fund memorable experiences for severely poorly youngsters.

The campaign will also reduce the amount of toys, particularly plastic toys, going into landfill.

Yorwaste is inviting people to drop off toys at any of the household waste recycling centres it operates on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York.

It is also offering to collect toys, which must be in good condition and in full working order, from some of its larger commercial customers, if there is enough volume.

Stephanie Rimmington, head of retail at Martin House, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Yorwaste for their support.

"We always need good quality used toys to sell in our shops, so this will make a big difference to us."

The list of household waste recycling centres where toys can be dropped off can be found here.