We need to keep up with recycling

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In yet another about face for the coalition government we have learnt this week that weekly refuse collections are not about to be reinstated.

For those living in the Derbyshire Dales it won’t make much difference as you are still lucky enough to have weekly collections.

But for others, including Amber Valley, when the service was first made fortnightly we were forced into recycling to avoid an overflowing bin.

It was tough to start with but most of us have now got used to the palaver of squashing plastic bottles, separating paper, cardboard and saving food waste for the compost bin. To go backwards now would make all that effort a waste of time – so maybe the U-turn on the U-turn was a good decision.

To help us do even more, a huge new recycling centre is soon to open at Darley Dale and the district council is also adding in more kerbside collections for cardboard.

The Mercury is this week supporting a new county council contest to find the kings and queens of recycling. There are prizes for those of you who give 110 per cent to the whole recycling initiative. So if you reckon you or someone you know is a champ at keeping the main bin empty turn to page 11 for more details.

Amanda Hatfield, Editor