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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.

Household waste

  • Compost vegetable or fruit peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds, dead flowers and garden waste in your back garden.
  • Use a home compost bin to produce a rich soil enhancer for your garden. Compost bins are available through Derbyshire County Council.
  • Go to for general information on composting.

Food waste

If you have food waste, please put it in your green bin with your garden waste and fruit and vegetable peelings.

Did you know that in Derbyshire we throw away around 7.2 million bananas every year? That's one banana out of every ten bought – straight into the bin. Find out what to do with your bananas.

Statistics show that 20 per cent of all the food we buy in the UK is thrown away.

  • Only buy the food you are going to eat. For ideas on how you could cut this waste and save yourself up to £470 per year, visit
  • You could also visit for tasty recipe ideas and top tips that help you cut back on wasting food.


  • Say no to unwanted shopping bags. Use a reusable shopping bag or box when you go shopping instead.
  • Buy items that are not heavily packaged or buy refills instead.

Junk mail

  • Register with the Mailing Preference Services to opt out of receiving unsolicited sales and marketing by post, phone or fax. Alternatively, call 0207 291 3310 or write to MPS, DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SS.

Unwanted household items

  • Repair broken goods, rather than replace them.
  • Offer unwanted furniture to friends and family.
  • Advertise unwanted household items in local papers rather than throw them away.
  • Call one of the local furniture projects to see if they would like your items. Try the YMCA on 01246 564 924, the Ashgate Hospice Furniture Project on 01246 229 536 or the British Heart Foundation on 01246 209 653 or 01246 209 614.
  • Offer your items through freecycle and follow the links to the Derbyshire group.
  • Post your unwanted items on where charities and individuals can bid for them. No money changes hands and items have to be collected.
  • Contact the YMCA to take your unwanted working white goods.
  • Take unwanted clothes, shoes, toys, books to your local charity shop or textile bank.


  • Consider using real nappies, which could save you money. Derbyshire County Council has nappy advisers and they offer £25 cashback if you spend £50 or more on real nappies.


  • Try not to buy items that run on batteries. Choose solar-powered options wherever possible or try using rechargeable batteries instead.

Ink cartridges

  • Consider refilling or recycling ink cartridges. There are a number of local companies who provide the service and many companies on the internet.

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