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Recycling - information and advice

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Why you should recycle and in what ways you can help the environment

All councils have got to reduce the amount of waste that is going to landfill to meet statutory targets set by the Government and the EU Landfill Directive.

We have introduced a range of collection services over the last few years to help us achieve these targets. This includes the provision of a fortnightly black bin collection, fortnightly brown bin collection and green bags or blue bin (optional) for paper, plastic, tins and glass which are also collected fortnightly on the same day as your brown bin.

We also provide recycling sites at key locations around the borough, details at Recycling sites in Erewash. 

Materials may also be recycled at the household waste recycling centre on Manners Road in Ilkeston.

This method of collection was introduced because under various UK and European legislation we are obliged to engage in “Waste Minimisation and recycling.” Landfill regulations are imposed on the waste disposal authority (Derbyshire County Council) to ensure these targets are met to reduce the amount of waste going in to landfill.

Secondly, the Government monitors our performance using targets called National Indicators (NI's,) these are set by us but certain minimum standards are expected by the Government.

Why is waste minimisation and recycling so important?

There are many reasons why waste reduction is important, the main ones are:

  • Energy - Removing minerals from the ground, processing them and then transporting them to the point of manufacture has a great deal of impact on the environment. Recycling reduces the amount of impact this process has on the environment particularly as there is no need for the extraction process.
  • Resource management - By placing re-useable resources into landfill you are effectively eliminating the ability for them to be recovered. Although some, like aluminium, are very common, others are extremely rare such as the materials used in electrical components.
  • Pollution - The extraction of minerals from the ground can be extremely invasive with inevitable disruption of the local ecosystem.
  • Sustainability - You cannot create energy and materials from nothing, in consuming them we deplete the resources available to us on the planet; eventually these resources will run out. By minimising this consumption and recovering materials and reusing them we prolong the life of the planet along with everything and everyone on it!

Ways you can Help

There are many ways in which we can all help to reduce unnecessary waste and increase our recycling, so why not try the following:


  • Buy eggs in recyclable cardboards or plastic cartons, not polystyrene.
  • Buy drinks and alcoholic beverages in plastic bottles or glass and Tetra Pak® containers to one of our recycling sites.
  • Buy pasta, tea, cereal in cardboard rather than plastic packaging.
  • Buy all fruit and vegetables without an extra plastic bag; if paper bags are available use these instead.
  • Avoid double-bagging your shopping.
  • Say NO to plastic bags and use recyclable bags, remember to take them with you when shopping to load straight in to.
  • Reuse envelopes and wrapping paper where possible.
  • Use rechargeable batteries.
  • Avoid junk mail - contact MPS, Freepost 22, London, W1E 7EZ  or visit or call 0845 703 4599 for further details. “The standard cost from a BT landline is 5p per minute plus a setup charge. Other providers may charge more”.
  • Buy goods manufactured from recycled products.


Another way to help save on resources is to re-use. Reusing items is not a new science. The public re-use items all the time, but are probably not aware that they are doing it and of the environmental benefits that it has.

Suggestions for re-use are:

  •  Passing on clothes to relatives, friends or charity shops.
  •  Using items for arts and crafts.
  •  Selling useful items such as working electrical goods rather than disposing of them.
  •  Re-use carrier bags when shopping.
  •  Remodel items such as cutting the bottom off a plastic "pop" bottle and use it as a mini cloche for seeds or a funnel for re-filling bird feeders. 
  •  Use boxes, cartons, bottles and jars for storing household items.
  •  Use real nappies rather than disposable ones.
  •  Home Compost your kitchen and Garden Waste.

If you would like to offer your items to someone in your area free of charge is a free service that allows members to list unwanted items for charities to claim if they wish to do so. After 48 hours the listing becomes available to the general public if it is no use to the charity partners.


A large quantity of rubbish can be recycled.

A simple way to achieve this is through our comprehensive kerbside recycling collection services for dry recyclables and our garden waste service. We also provide a large number of recycling sites across the borough where you can take materials for recycling.

Food Waste

Did you know?

Did you know around 20,000 bananas are thrown away in Derbyshire every day − that's around one banana out of every 10 that ends up in the bin.

And that's not all. Nearly 20% of food brought into the home is thrown away – that’s like throwing one bag of shopping away out of every five.

Wasting food is estimated to cost the average household £470 a year and up to £700 for families. Limp lettuce, bruised bananas, mouldy bread… sound familiar? Not to mention all those lovely leftovers heading straight for the bin.

Plan ahead

  • Save time and money by checking what's already in the cupboard, fridge and freezer before you go shopping
  • Check out this short video to find out some of YOUR top tips for cutting down on food waste by clicking here
  • Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website for recipe ideas for the food you already have - have a look under 'recipes' and 'what food needs using up'

Know your dates

  • Food can be eaten right up to the end of the use-by date
  • Best before dates are used for quality so you can still eat them after this date
  • Eggs are the exception - don't eat them after this date

Household Batteries

We have recently introduced containers at both town halls and all leisure centres in Erewash where you can place your used household batteries.

Which batteries can I recycle?

  • All AAA and AA cells
  • Sizes C and D
  • Button batteries (e.g. watch or hearing aid batteries)
  • Mobile phone batteries
  • Laptop batteries
  • Power tool batteries

We can also accept rechargeable batteries.

For further information please call 0115 907 2244 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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