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Waste strategy - how we're doing

Derbyshire councils are committed to reducing waste to landfill and to increasing recycling and composting to a joint target of 55% by 2020.

Two workers pulling a green bin

In Derbyshire, including Derby City, local councils collected 461,000 tonnes of waste from households in 2014/15. Of this total, 360,000 tonnes was produced in Derbyshire County and 101,000 tonnes in Derby City.

In 2014/15 134,000 tonnes was landfilled. Of this amount, 98,000 tonnes was landfilled by Derbyshire County Council and 36,000 tonnes by Derby City Council.

The recycling and composting rates for household waste have increased from 18% in 2003/04 to 47% in 2015/15 for Derbyshire County Council, and from 15% in 2003/04 to 34% in 2014/15 for Derby City Council.

Over the last few years, the councils in Derbyshire have invested heavily to improve arrangements for the collection and recycling and composting of waste.

Examples of what the councils have been doing to reduce, reuse and recycle and compost more waste include the following:

  • expansion of kerbside collections of materials for recycling and composting
  • provision of nine household waste recycling centres
  • development of an in-vessel composting facility (for green food and waste) at Waterswallows, near Buxton and at Arkwright, near Chesterfield
  • raising public awareness of a whole range of waste reduction, recycling, reuse, and composting services
  • promotion of specific campaigns including Love Food Hate Waste, home composting, the Real Nappies scheme and recycling of electrical items