Changes at Raynesway HWRC boost city recycling

Published: 10 May 2024

Cllr Hardyal Dhindsa (left) and HW Martin Contract Manger, Craig Capper (right) at Raynesway HWRC

Since Sunday 7 April, residents have been able to visit Raynesway HWRC on a Sunday without needing to book. The change, a manifesto commitment, has seen an increase in items being taken to the site to be recycled. 

A booking system was introduced at the site in May 2020 to keep visitors safe during the Covid-19 pandemic and to address issues with traffic around the site which was impacting local businesses and black bin collections. 

Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, Cabinet Member for Communities and Streetpride commented: 

“We’ve been clear that we want to make it easier for residents to do the right thing and make Derby cleaner and greener by recycling as much of their waste as possible. We’ve been able to achieve this by removing the booking system at Raynesway HWRC on Sunday and introducing free bulky waste collections.   

“It’s obvious that there is a demand for responsible waste disposal across the city and the increased visits to Raynesway and the quick booking of all the free bulky waste collection slots shows this.    

“We’re keen to do more but this has to be balanced with responsible budgetary decisions to support the Council’s overall financial health.  

“Before visiting Raynesway HWRC, please do read the information on our website to make your visit as easy as possible.”

Since the changes made at Raynesway, an additional 1001 vehicles have visited the site and additional 120 tonnes of items have been processed at the site for recycling including lots of small electricals and garden waste. The changes will be continually reviewed by the Council’s Waste Management team. 

To prevent queues forming at the site on Sunday’s, visitors should do the following before their visit: 

  • Attend outside of peak hours (10am – 4pm)
  • Sort their items (wood, metal, garden waste, general waste etc)
  • Follow instructions from staff on site

Further information about what can and can’t be taken to Raynesway HWRC and how to book a visit between Monday and Saturday is available on the Council’s website.  

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