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View the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus. Find out about new measures at recycling centres and check waiting times

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Rubbish, waste and recycling

Find out about the waste and recycling situation across the county, ideas about how to store and reduce your waste, and details about what to do with certain types of waste.


Recycling centres open with restrictions

Bins at a recycling centre

All 9 of our household waste recycling centres across Derbyshire are open with restrictions in place so residents can get rid of waste they cannot store safely at home.

New measures, including a traffic control system based on odd and even number plates and limiting the number of vehicles on site at any one time, will be in place.

Find out everything you need to know including when you can visit, what’s accepted, important safety information and opening times.

Find out why our recycling centres closed.

How you can help

Please do all you can to minimise the amount of waste you produce in these difficult times.

Where possible you should compost grass cuttings and hedge trimmings and if you can’t do that keep your garden waste until recycling centres reopen. Composting is a great way to turn your garden waste and kitchen scraps into a useful compost. We have advice to make the most of the food you have and there is further information on Love Food Hate Waste.

Avoid placing items that you’d normally put in your recycling bin in your general waste bin. This takes up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish

Please do not burn any waste or leave it outside our recycling centres. Leaving waste at the gates or anywhere else is classed as fly tipping and is a criminal offence for which you could be prosecuted and fined up to £50,000 – even if you didn’t dump it. The sites are under CCTV surveillance at all times.

Use a registered waste carrier if you are arranging for someone else to take your waste away. You can do this by checking the Environment Agency’s website.

Store your waste safely

  • keep waste away from children and pets
  • do not block any exits like doorways and windows with waste
  • keep waste away from electric points
  • keep waste away from any heat sources like radiators or fireplaces
  • do not mix materials together which may react and cause a fire like paper and batteries
  • keep waste away from any chemicals
  • keep waste covered or sealed to prevent vermin and flies
  • keep waste out of strong sunlight to reduce odour

Reduce your waste - some dos and don'ts

Don’t do any big DIY home improvement, decluttering or garden projects that will produce a lot of waste, unless you are able to store the waste produced safely.

Don’t do any clothing clear outs unless you can store them.

Don’t dispose of any clothes in your waste bin.

Do make the most of the space in your bin by squeezing air out of your bin bags, you can also flatten and squash your waste too.

Do have a go if you have time to fix or transform clothes. There are lots of hints and tips from Love your clothes.

Do leave grass cuttings on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil and perk up your garden.

Do have a go at home composting. If you can't do that, keep your garden waste until our recycling centres reopen. You can also compost kitchen waste.

Do leave areas of your garden to grow wild - the bees and butterflies will love it!

Do have a look at ways to make your food go further to reduce your food waste.

Do check your fridge temperature it should be between 0 to 5 Celsius. If your fridge is too hot then it can make food go off quicker.

Do use your freezer.

Do think about using real nappies if you possibly can.

Do re-use as much of your recycling as you can. Could a delivery box be used for storage for example.

Do let the children have a go at junk modelling with some of your recycling.

What to do with certain types of waste

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Gov.uk has more information about cleaning at home.

Cement bonded asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard

Please do not carry out DIY projects that would involve the removal of these materials unless you can store them safely and securely at home.

Electrical items

Please store electrical items safely at home until they can be taken to the recycling centre, please do not put these in any of your wheelie bins at home as they can spark and can cause fires.

Batteries

Please store batteries safely at home, please do not put these in any of your wheelie bins at home as they can spark and can cause fires.

Clothes and textiles

Please do not put any clothes or textiles in any of your wheelie bins at home as they can tangled in our waste and recycling facilities which can cause breakages. Please hold onto textiles until they can be taken to the charity shop if good quality or to the recycling centres if poor quality. Poor quality textiles will be turned into rags.