How 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 around the borough. Certain materials may 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.

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.


Save on resources by re-using what you can. People 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.

Food Waste

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. Here is some advice on how to reduce the amount of food wasted:

Plan ahead

  • Save time and money by checking what's already in the cupboard, fridge and freezer before you go shopping
  • 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 sometimes still eat certain foods after this date.



Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP
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