Recycling boost in the Dales

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Derbyshire Dales District Council, which currently recycles and composts 41% of all household waste, is hoping to increase that figure following approval of changes to its waste collection service.

From next month, local people can take these items to the new seven-days-a-week recycling centre, which is due to open in Harrison Way, Darley Dale.

To assist with large items, the District Council will continue to offer a bulky waste collection service for a small charge.

Dales residents will receive a leaflet soon informing them of this change. The leaflet also explains that cardboard should now be left for collection in the Blue Bags provided by the District Council, rather than Green bins as was previously the case.

The change to cardboard collections follows the decision by the District Council’s compostable waste contractor, Vital Earth, to withdraw collection of cardboard nationwide because of contamination issues.

“The District Council wants to continue to improve the amount of household waste it recycles, so it made sense to switch cardboard from the compostable waste element of our collections to the Blue Bags dry recycling that currently includes newspapers, magazines and empty food and drinks cans,” said Community and Environment Committee Chairman Councillor Janet Goodison.

“This proposal, together with ending Saturday morning collections to coincide with the opening of the new recycling centre in Darley Dale, won unanimous approval from district councillors at a meeting last week.

“During a series of consultation events held late last year, residents told us they wanted to see more recycling opportunities and that we should be reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. After careful consideration, we are now acting on those views.

“The provision in recent years of household waste recycling sites in Ashbourne and Buxton has provided a recycling option for residents living in the south and north of the Dales, and the opening of the Darley Dale facility next month creates a superb new recycling opportunity for people living in the central area.”