Jubilee weekend recycling tips
People are being reminded to recycle their rubbish and try to minimise the amount of food they throw away over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend.
With lots of street parties taking place across our county to celebrate 60 years of the Queen's reign there will be plenty of food being enjoyed.
Don't forget that Jubilee parties are a great opportunity to make use of the tasty foods or leftovers already stocked in cupboards, fridges or freezers.
Lots of people will also get through more bottles, jars, tins and cardboard packaging this weekend than at other times of the year.
Councillor John Allsop, cabinet member for technology and recycling, said:
"This bank holiday promises to be momentous occasion and I know people across Derbyshire will have a great time celebrating it.
"However, one of the effects of all these parties and celebrations is that we often generate more rubbish and food waste.
"We're urging people to do their bit to waste as little food as possible and recycle as much as we can so that it doesn't all end up in landfill."
Families could save up to £50 a month by preventing food waste.
By doing so they will also help preserve valuable resources and tackle the release of greenhouse gases which cause climate change.
Here are some top tips to avoid food waste this weekend:
If you're having a party or a get together, estimate how many people will be coming and only buy for that amount to avoid throwing food away.
Check the temperature of your fridge is below 5 degrees Celsius to keep food fresher for longer.
Every day we throw away the equivalent of 37 million slices of bread. You could freeze bread in the run up to your event.
Check your cupboards and fridge to see what foods you already have in and always make a list before your trip to the shops.
If you do have any leftovers, try not to simply throw them into the bin. You may be able to use them to cook up another delicious dish.
For example, fill sandwiches with tasty and unexpected combinations of leftovers, such as chicken, bacon and mayonnaise, leftover roast lamb and mint sauce or cheese and coleslaw.
Make leftover potatoes (or ones that have gone a bit sprouty) into a tasty salad with sliced red or spring onions, mayonnaise and that last lettuce that needs using up.
Leave food out of the fridge for the shortest time possible, and no more than a couple of hours.
For more information on the benefits go to the Love Food Hate Waste page of Derbyshire Council Council's website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk (opens in a new window) or visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com (opens in a new window)
Don't forget we have Household Waste Recycling Centres which can take your extra recycling if you end up with too much for your collection.
Find out where your nearest one is under "recycling centres" at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recycling (opens in a new window)