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Things we can all do

We can all do our bit to reduce the amount of waste that we produce at home. Here are some simple steps we can all take to reduce the rubbish we throw away:

  • Try to recycle as much of your rubbish as possible using the blue bin and your green bin. See  - "What can be recycled and how"  for all details.
  • A lot of your household waste (eg vegetable/fruit peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, dead flowers, garden waste) could be composted in your back garden. Use a home compost bin to produce a rich soil enhancer for your garden. Compost bin are available through Derbyshire County Council see for details of the latest offers. Go to for general information on composting.
  • Only buy the food you are going to eat. Statistics show that a third of all the food we buy in the UK is thrown away. Visit  for tasty recipe ideas and top tips that help you cut back on wasting food. Think before you buy – try to buy items that are not heavily packaged, or why not buy refills instead?
  • Say no to unwanted shopping bags, use a reusable shopping bag or box when you go shopping instead.
  • Consider registering with the Mailing Preference Services who help you opt out of receiving unsolicited sales and marketing message, by mail, phone or fax. Go to to register or call 02072913310 or write to MPS, DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SS.
  • When replacing furniture and fittings offer them to friends and family or advertise them in local papers rather than throw them away. Ring one of the local furniture projects to see if they would like your items. try YMCA 01246 564924 or Ashgate Hospice Furniture Project 01246 229536 Or you could try looking at   then follow the links to the Derbyshire group. You could try a website where you can post your unwanted items and charities and individuals can "bid" for them. No money changes hands and items have to be collected.
  • The YMCA can now take working  white goods that you no longer want. for more information.
  • Repair broken goods, rather than replace them.
  • Take unwanted clothes, shoes, toys, books etc to your local charity shop or textile bank. 
  • If you have a baby consider using real nappies which could save you money. Derbyshire County Council have nappy advisers who can help you with your decision they will also give you £25.00 cashback if you spend £50 or more on real nappies. Visit for more information.
  • Try not to buy items that run on batteries, opt for solar-powered options wherever possible, or try using rechargeable batteries instead.
  • Consider refilling or recycling ink cartridges. There are a number of local companies who provide the service and many companies on the internet.
  • There are a number of really useful websites with information about recycling and ways to reduce your waste. Check out ;

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