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Rubbish, waste and recycling

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


Recycling centres remain open during the new lockdown

Bins at a recycling centre

All 9 of our household waste recycling centres across Derbyshire will remain open 7 days a week but users are reminded to follow government guidance that says that ‘you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary’. Please note the following important points:

  • Only visit one of our HWRCs if you absolutely have to dispose of waste and then only use your nearest recycling centre
  • Only one person should get out of each car so just take waste that you can comfortably carry by yourself. We cannot currently provide help to carry your waste at the sites except in emergency situations
  • Visitors are advised to wear a face covering at our centres if their health allows and should stay at home if they have coronavirus symptoms
  • Visitors must socially distance and should sanitise their hands before arrival and as they leave
  • Please use your kerbside collection bins as much as possible – check your district and borough council websites for details on what you can put in each bin. 

Find out everything you need to know including when you can visit, what’s accepted, important safety information and opening times.

How you can help

Please do all you can to minimise the amount of waste you produce and use your local district or borough council kerbside recycling collections as you would normally.

Composting is a great way to get rid of your garden waste and kitchen scraps. We have advice to make the most of the food you have and there is further information on Love Food Hate Waste.

Avoid placing 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

Please do not burn any waste or leave it outside our 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 – even if you didn’t dump it. The sites are under CCTV surveillance at all times.

Use a registered waste carrier if you are arranging for someone else to take your waste away. You can do this by checking the Environment Agency’s website.

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.