VIDEO:Ten years of recycling in Derbyshire

To mark ten years of recycling in Derbyshire, we have teamed up with the county council for a top competition to give away the latest recycling collection bin for the kitchen.

To find out how to enter pick up a copy of this week’s paper.

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We have been recycling our rubbish for ten years in Derbyshire now and the amount of stuff we reuse has been growing during that time.

In 2002/2003 Derbyshire County Council residents recycled just 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 has shot up to 43.3 per cent.

To put this into context, that’s 190,821 fewer tonnes of waste going into landfill sites 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 £18 million.

And by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, residents are helping to protect the environment and save valuable resources.

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.