Recycle Week: This year Derby is getting real about recycling
Published: 17 October 2022
- Does my recycling really make a difference?
- One item in the bin can’t hurt, can it?
- Recycling is so confusing, isn’t it?
- Recycle more of these items: Clean foil, cardboard, aerosols, plastic bottles, tubs and trays, paper, cans and tins
- Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: Nappies (used or unused), crisp packets, plastic bags, food waste.
By recycling even better we can have a big impact on our environment. In Derby it’s no different – more and more people are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right. So come on, Derby, keep up the great work and let’s make the city’s recycling better than ever before!
Most people recycle which is great but unfortunately, residents don’t always get it right and it can cause serious problems once their bin has been emptied.One of the biggest contaminants is food waste, both entire plates of leftovers and food left in packaging that hasn’t been rinsed out. Just one carrier bag of food waste could mean that several tonnes of recycling has to be rejected because it becomes covered in food in our vehicles and when it is tipped. It not only adds to our costs for disposal but is also unfair on other residents who are doing the right thing.I’d ask that everyone checks our website, derby.gov.uk/bins to see what can and can’t go in the blue bin. We’ve got extensive information to help residents find out what to do with their items and in the coming weeks we’ll be sending information to everyone in the city so they have a handy guide to help them.Lots of things are recyclable, but if we don’t ask for it, we can’t recycle it via the kerbside collections. Please only recycle what we ask for. If you’re not sure about an item, you can always check our website, derby.gov.uk/bins.