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.
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.