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Rubbish, waste and recycling

This is the waste and recycling situation across the county,  and some ideas about how to store and reduce your waste, and details about what to do with certain types of waste.

Recycling centres closed until further notice

Bins at a recycling centreAll our household waste recycling centres are closed until further notice due to the coronavirus.

The safety of customers and staff is our number one priority and in accordance with current government coronavirus guidelines of avoiding non-essential contact and preventing a risk of infection to others, the sites will remain shut. It is essential that we do all we can to slow down the spread of the virus.

Much of the waste that goes through the recycling centres is bulky waste (large items such as furniture, wood and metals) and garden waste. You should hold onto these items until the sites reopen.

Please do not leave any waste outside the recycling centres. Leaving waste at the gates or anywhere else is classed as fly tipping and is a criminal offence for which you could be prosecuted and fined up to £50,000. The sites are under CCTV surveillance at all times.

Please minimise the amount of waste you produce in these difficult times.

Where possible you should compost grass cuttings and hedge trimmings and if you can’t do that keep your garden waste until recycling centres reopen. Composting is a great way to turn your garden waste and kitchen scraps into a useful compost . We have advice on our website to make the most of the food you have and there is further information on Love Food Hate Waste.

Kerbside collections

These are carried out by your district or borough council.

They will be able to provide information specific to your area. The following is general advice:

  • in most districts there are changes to your usual kerbside recycling and waste services due to staff shortages and government restrictions
  • collections of recycling and green waste are affected in some areas of Derbyshire so we all need to reduce how much we throw away or store it safely until we can dispose of it properly
  • do not place items that you’d normally put in your recycling bin in your general waste bin. This takes up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish
  • do not burn any waste
  • our recycling centres are temporarily closed to members of the public, but our waste disposal arrangements remain in place for waste collection vehicles so we can continue operating vital services

Store your waste safely

  • keep waste away from children and pets
  • do not block any exits like doorways and windows with waste
  • keep waste away from electric points
  • keep waste away from any heat sources like radiators or fireplaces
  • do not mix materials together which may react and cause a fire like paper and batteries
  • keep waste away from any chemicals
  • keep waste covered or sealed to prevent vermin and flies accessing it
  • keep waste out of strong sunlight to reduce odour

Reduce your waste - some dos and don'ts

  • don’t do any big DIY home improvement, decluttering or garden projects that will produce a lot of waste, unless you are able to store the waste produced safely
  • don’t do any clothing clear outs unless you can store them
  • don’t dispose of any clothes in your refuse bin
  • do make the most of the space in your bin by squeezing air out of your bin bags, you can also flatten and squash your rubbish too
  • do have a go if you have time to fix or transform clothes. There are lots of hints and tips from Love your clothes
  • do leave grass cuttings on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil and perk up your garden
  • do have a go at home composting . If you can't do that keep your garden waste until our recycling centres reopen. You can also compost kitchen waste
  • do leave areas of your garden to grow wild - the bees and butterflies will love it!
  • do have a look at ways to make your food go further to reduce your food waste
  • do check your fridge temperature it should be between 0 to 5 Celsius. If your fridge is too hot then it can make food go off quicker.
  • do use your freezer
  • do think about using real nappies if you possibly can
  • do re-use as much of your recycling as you can. Could a delivery box be used for storage for example
  • do let the children have a go at junk modelling with some of your recycling

What to do with certain types of waste

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Gov.UK has more information about cleaning at home.

Cement bonded asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard

Our recycling centres are not open to the public therefore you currently cannot dispose of asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard from your home. Please do not carry out DIY projects that would involve the removal of these materials unless you have safe and secure storage.

Electrical items

Please store electrical items safely at home until they can be taken to the recycling centre, please do not put these in any of your wheelie bins at home as they can spark and can cause fires.


Please store batteries safely at home, please do not put these in any of your wheelie bins at home as they can spark and can cause fires.

Clothes and textiles

Please do not put any clothes or textiles in any of your wheelie bins at home as they can tangled in our waste and recycling facilities which can cause breakages. Please hold onto textiles until they can be taken to the charity shop if good quality or to the recycling centres if poor quality. Poor quality textiles will be turned into rags.