Managing our waste
We want to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and increase the amount of waste that is recycled.
When we throw rubbish away in our black bin, it is sent to landfill sites, which means it is buried in the ground and left to rot away. Landfill sites are ugly and cause lots of environmental problems.
Some products release harmful products as they break down - toxic substances, liquids and gasses are released into the earth, groundwater and into the air, damaging the environment. Some types of waste break down very slowly and may take several hundreds of years to decompose.
Sending waste to landfill sites is also a costly waste of resources that can be recycled into new products.
Sending green garden and food waste to landfill allows harmful leachates to seep into the ground as the matter slowly composes, instead it can be turned into valuable compost.
By splitting your waste into garden/food waste for composting, recycling and general waste we can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill to a minimum.
Derbyshire's waste strategy
The Derbyshire councils have reviewed the plans for dealing with Derbyshire’s waste in the future and a new waste strategy has been prepared following a consultation process. The strategy includes waste action plans for all Derbyshire councils.
The combined vision and objectives of the strategy will help Derbyshire reach a target of 55 per cent recycling or composting of household waste by 2020 and to exceed this where possible
Find out more about Derbyshire's Waste Strategy to 2026.