IT is expected that the recycling rate in South Derbyshire will soon tip the scale at more than 50 per cent.
Figures for waste recycling in the area are some of the best in the county and come on the back of significant investment and work by officers at South Derbyshire District Council.
This has included the introduction of a third recycling bin in the area last year which, in itself, saw the amount of rubbish recycled increase massively.
Much of the extra recycled material is plastic and cardboard which could not be left at the kerbside with the previous system.
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.
The new system reduces the amount of waste going to landfill.
Councillor Peter Watson, chairman of environmental and development services at the district council, said: “Residents asked for this. Now they have it, they appear to be making the most of it, which is brilliant.
“We want to thank everyone for the drive, desire and determination they are showing to help the environment.
“Hopefully this will continue long into the future.”
It is estimated that homes in the UK throw away enough rubbish to fill 190 Olympic swimming pools.
Materials such as paper, card and food rot down producing methane, a greenhouse gas.
Other items such as plastics, metal and glass do not decompose quickly and will be left for hundreds of years. In South Derbyshire, plastics are transported to Rutland where they are transformed into drainage pipes and garden furniture and paper is turned into newsprint at a paper Mill in Kings Lynn.
More information on what and cannot be recycled is available by calling the council’s waste management team on 01283 595795 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org