PEOPLE in South Derbyshire are recycling double the amount they were previously thanks to the rollout of a new kerbside service.
The easy green recycling scheme, which saw the introduction of a third bin to homes across the area, came into force in October last year.
Now, new figures have shown that households have taken to the scheme seamlessly, with more than 5,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill so far, compared to 2,484 tonnes during the same period the previous year.
South Derbyshire District Council released the figures as part of National Recycle Week, being held until June 22.
Peter Watson, pictured, chairman of environmental and development services at South Derbyshire District Council, spoke to the Mail about the recycling increase.
He said: “National Recycle Week is about taking the smallest actions and changes every day, all of which have a cumulative effect to help our environment.
“People in South Derbyshire are doing this day in, day out with the Easy Green Recycling Scheme, which is brilliant to see.
“Our message to all of our households is simple: keep up the good work. We want to ensure the momentum continues long into the future. Don’t just put rubbish in the bin, think about what could be recycled or composted first.”
The figures also showed that:
• 1,658 tonnes of glass was being placed in green recycling bins, saving 523 tonnes of carbon dioxide (the equivalent of taking 177 cars off the road for a year); and
• 625 tonnes of plastic had been collected so far – three and a half times the amount that previously went into recycling centres.
Under the new scheme, plastics and cardboard can be recycled alongside tins, cans, aerosols, foil, mixed glass, paper and textiles.
Card and paper go in the caddy, with all other materials placed into the main body of the bin. Textiles are collected in a separate bag.