Managing our waste
We want to reduce the amount of waste going for disposal and increase the amount of waste that is recycled.
Reducing waste and increasing recycling and composting is a top priority. When we throw items away in the black bin this waste has to be dealt with. In the past most of our waste was sent to landfill, but now less ends up in landfill with more being made into a fuel and burnt in energy from waste plants to create heat and power. Disposing of waste is however very costly.
Throwing away items which can be recycled or composted means that these resources are lost and new products cannot be made from the material. By recycling right this helps to conserve resources, saves energy and helps to protect the environment.
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% recycling or composting of household waste by 2020 and to exceed this where possible
Find out more about Derbyshire's Waste Strategy to 2026.