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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/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/composting of waste.

Examples of what the councils have been doing to reduce, reuse and recycle/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.