Last chance to have say on recycling ideas

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Have your say

Residents can tell councillors what would make them recycle more of their waste as part of a consultation exercise in Derbyshire.

Officers will be at Bakewell library today, from 10am to 12noon, to speak to people and hand out questionnaires.

The council is running the consultation in a bid to cut the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, as well as the cost of doing so.

Coun Joan Dixon, cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “Households in Derbyshire are still throwing around 245,000 tonnes of waste into their general waste bins - even though around half of it could have been recycled or composted instead.

“That’s enough waste to fill 87 Olympic-size swimming pools being sent to landfill when it could have been put to good use.

“The county council is facing difficult financial times and needs to save £157 million over the next five years.

“If we all reduce, reuse and recycle more of our waste, less will be sent to landfill, which will help to make some of the financial savings needed.”

Residents can also visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/wastestrategy to take part in the survey and to see the council’s waste strategy.