Search for eco royalty

The Mercury is searching for an eco hero – to receive our recycling king or queen crown.

If you know someone who thinks waste is a disgrace and turns trash in to treasures let us know.

Derbyshire County Council is urging people to recycle more and offering eco-friendly prizes for our chosen champion.

Cllr John Allsop, cabinet member for technology and recycling, said: “ Some of us might wonder how we can recycle more. But I hope that by hearing inspiring stories as we search for the county’s king or queen of recycling, we can find practical ideas to do just that.”

Prizes up for grabs will be an eco-kettle and four recycled glasses. Five nominators will also win a battery charger and rechargeable batteries.

As entries come in we shall feature stories of local champions such as Debbie Steeples, of Morledge in Matlock.

Despite also running an after school club she finds time to recycle extensively and organised an eco-day at All Saints’ Junior School in Matlock.

Debbie, 40, said: “When you work with children I think you think more about the future.

“I do try to spread the word, I think everyone’s had to take more notice of recycling now.”

Our Facebook friends have been giving their views on recycling.

Rose Denyer said: “My dad recycles everything at work and home. Even the little foil tops on top of cream cheeses.”

Jackie Gladwin said: “Everyone in our house recycles everything.

“People have a responsibility to look after this planet. I have friends who can’t be bothered and put everything in their bin, I think it’s selfish and lazy.”

But Richard Thorpe said: “It all goes in the bin in our house, be it paper, plastic or what. Life is too short to be washing out empty tins, jars and the like.”

n Let us know what you think and nominate by emailing contact us via or on Facebook.

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