National Recycle Week is celebrating its tenth anniversary - and to mark the huge leaps forward we’ve taken in keeping our waste OUT of the landill in the past decade, we’re giving away a Simplehuman semi-round recycler bin.
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 at Northwood Household Waste Recycling Centre, Harrison Way, Darley Dale. The centre is open from 8.30am to 6.00pm daily and closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
One of the biggest complaints from families 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 nonrecyclable 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
We’ve teamed up with Derbyshire County Council to offer a Simplehuman semi-round recycler bin to set you off on your new indoor recycling regime.
The brushed steel bin has smooth, quiet close lid and two compartments – ideal for separating your general waste and household recycling.
For a chance to win, simply tell us the answer to the following question:What percentage of rubbish was recycled by Derbyshire County Council residents in 2002/2003?
Send your answers, all with your name, address, daytime phone number and email address to: Recycle Week competition, Derbyshire County Council, Room 140, County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG.
Closing date is June 28.
One entry per household. Entrants must live in Derbyshire (excluding Derby city). Derbyshire County Council will pass on your details to the supplier so delivery can be arranged. Please make sure your entry has the correct postage on it. Winners will be picked at random.