National Recycle Week celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and Derbyshire County Council looks back on a decade in which recycling has become a part of life for many of us.
In 2002/2003 Derbyshire County Council residents recycled 13.9 per cent of their waste.
But just ten years later – with better awareness, lots of promotion and improved collection services – the recycling rate shot up to 43.3 per cent.
To put it into context that’s 190,821 fewer tonnes of waste going into landfill each year because we’re all recycling more, reusing things or composting at home.
This means if the same amount of waste was sent to landfill today, it would have cost Derbyshire County Council more than £18m.
And by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, residents are helping to protect the environment and save valuable resources.
But we can always do more. During Recycle Week – which runs from 17-23 June – Derbyshire County Council will be urging residents to go the extra mile and think how they could step up their efforts.
Whatever it is that you need to get rid of, it’s easy to recycle:
If you can’t re-use items by donating them to charity, selling or giving away on websites like Freecycle then take them to your nearest household waste recycling centre:
Waterswallows Household Waste Recycling Centre
Waterswallows Industrial Estate
The centre is open from 8.30am to 6.00pm daily and closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
If you have any unwanted furniture or working electricals like fridges, microwaves, vacuums and other smaller working electrical items, you can donate these to your local furniture project.
Glossopdale Furniture Project Workshop
Visit www.glossopdalefurnitureproject.co.uk or call them on 01457 857505 to find out what they can accept.
Summer is the ideal time to recycle your garden and kitchen waste and do a spot of composting.
You can buy discounted compost bins and find out more about how to compost by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/composting
And day to day recycling like glass bottles, cans, plastics, paper, cardboard can all be recycled through your district or borough council kerbside collection scheme.
Most materials are accepted but if you’re unsure, you can find more information by visiting your district or borough council website: www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/whatgoesinmybin
Making home recycling easier
One of the biggest complaints from residents is that recycling at home is inconvenient and untidy – but it doesn’t have to be.
A few quick changes and you can create your own attractive and convenient home recycling centre!
And by making it convenient for the whole family, it’s far less likely that recyclables will find their way into your rubbish bin – and ending up as landfill.
Swap your kitchen bin for a multi-compartment bin to separate recyclable and non-recyclable waste on the spot. Alternatively, you could buy a second bin to use alongside your existing kitchen bin to separate things like glass, cans and paper.
Shop smart! Buy products with less packaging and think about buying higher quality household items that will last longer, be more efficient and could save you money in the long run.
Set aside a box for stuff to take to the charity shop and donate the contents regularly
Some supermarkets have recycling facilities so you can drop before you shop!
Put a recycling bin in your bathroom to collect empty bottles and cardboard toilet roll tubes
Mum of three, Liza Todd, from New Mills, said: “The whole family are keen recyclers – it’s just a part of life for us now.
“We all get involved and it just feels wrong now to throw things like cans, paper, plastic and glass in the general waste.
“During Recycle Week we’ll all be looking to see if we can do any more and step up our efforts!”