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Recycling paper is easy and we want you to do more of it. In Derbyshire we still throw away about 10,000 tonnes of paper each year which could have been recycled.

What can be recycled?

All district and borough councils in Derbyshire collect a wide range of paper for recycling from your kerbside, including:

  • brochures
  • catalogues
  • junk mail
  • directories
  • newspapers
  • magazines.

Some will also collect other types of paper such as envelopes, shredded paper, wrapping paper, wallpaper and brown paper.

All you need to do is put it in the right recycling bin, bag or box for your area and leave it out for your district or borough council to empty on your collection day.

Check with your local council − the one you pay your council tax bill to − to find out exactly what they collect using the links at the bottom of this page and whether there is anything extra you could be recycling.

Where can I recycle?

Your local council − the one you pay your council tax bill to − will offer a kerbside collection for recycling.

Check with your council to see what they collect, how it needs to be separated and when your collection takes place. You can find links to the recycling information on local council's website from the Information on other websites section of this web page.

You can also take your items to recycling collection points − many supermarkets have these in their car parks and collect all sorts from glass, plastics and paper to old clothes and shoes!

And you can take paper to our household waste recycling centres or other local recycling banks.

Make recycling easy at home

Recycling at home doesn't have to be inconvenient or untidy. A few quick changes can create an attractive and convenient home recycling centre to be used by the whole family.

Here's our top tips:

  • Swap your kitchen bin for a multi-compartment bin to separate your recyclable and non-recyclable rubbish - they're a great way to keep your recycling tidy and high street stores now have attractive designs

  • Buy products with less packaging

  • Make recycling part of your routine - your local council will offer a kerbside collection but you may still need to take some of your items to a recycling collection point. Most supermarkets have these so you can drop before you shop

  • Put a recycling bin in your bathroom as well as your kitchen to collect cardboard toilet roll tubes and empty bottles

  • Use a home composter in your garden − did you know you can add shredded paper to it? Handy as you should be shredding all bank and credit card statements before disposal. To purchase a compost bin visit (opens in a new window) or call 0844 571 4444.

Using paper in your compost bin

Home composting is a great way to put unwanted paper to good use and give your garden a treat.

It's so simple. All it takes is the right combination of green and brown waste, a home composting bin and away you go! And you get free compost so it's better for your wallet too.

Make sure you get the right compost mix by adding equal volumes of Green and Brown compostable materials:

  • Greens (wet) − These include vegetable peelings, fruit scraps, tea bags and coffee grounds, hedge clippings and grass cuttings. This type of rubbish breaks down quickly and provides moisture.
  • Browns (dry) − Shredded cardboard and paper (such as newspaper, shredded letters and statements, egg boxes and toilet roll inners) help make good quality compost by adding the carbon your compost bin needs. Pet straw, sawdust old plants and dead wood can also be added.

Do not add − Plastic, cooked food, meat, fish or dairy products, nappies, dog and cat faeces.

Derbyshire residents can make savings by looking out for compost bin offers.

Try (opens in a new window) or call 0844 571 4444. They cost just £16.98 or £19.98, depending on the size. There is a £5.49 delivery charge.

Also on our website

  • What happens to my paper recycling?

Information on other websites

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