Are you a champion recycler?

Queen of Recycling: Debbie Steeples of Matlock recycles her bottles.
Queen of Recycling: Debbie Steeples of Matlock recycles her bottles.
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CALLING all recycling champions – the Mercury is launching a drive to find enthusiastic readers who are passionate about saving the environment.

The search for our green king and queen comes as council chiefs announce plans to reform the recycling collection service.

Derbyshire Dales District Council has unveiled proposals to save £83,510.

The plan will see Saturday collection services scrapped from September and recyclers will be able to use a new waste collection centre in Harrison Way, Darley Dale, which is set to be completed next month.

The changes will also see the service extended to residents who have been unable to recycle cardboard at the kerbside. Around 4,500 householders will be able to recycle cardboard for the first time from August.

The Mercury is joining forces with Derbyshire County Council to promote recycling, which cuts landfill, and the council is offering top eco-friendly prizes for the chosen champion. For more on the competition see page 11 – and find out how Matlock mum-of-two Debbie Steeples, is spreading the recycling message.

At a meeting in Matlock tonight, district councillors will vote on whether to approve changes to waste and recycling collections. The reforms will also see bring banks near to Darley Dale’s new household recycling centre scrapped.

If the changes are approved bring banks at Orchard Cottage, the Square and Compass, Whitworth Park Hotel, the Three Stags Head, Old Station Yard and the Church Inn will close in September.

The Saturday morning collection service could also be withdrawn in September.

The service has been running for several years however all of the waste collected is taken to landfill.

Much of the rubbish such as wood, metal, plastic and garden waste will be able to be taken to the new recycling centre.

Bulky waste collection can be arranged for a charge. Council chiefs say the facility, which will be open every day, is like to reduce fly tipping in the area.

A leaflet outlining the changes to the recycling collection service is set to be sent to every household. The current stickers on the bins will also be replaced.

A spokesman for the district council said: “The changes proposed for the collection of cardboard will result in the service being available to more residents at a reduced cost.

“The opening of the new household waste recycling centre will provide greater opportunities for recycling and composting in line with the views from public consultation.”