ONE of the most effective ways of helping the environment has suddenly become as easy as one, two, three.
Gone are the days of putting recyclable materials into boxes and bags. Everything can now be left in one place before being wheeled out for collection.
The arrival of the new green recycling bins in South Derbyshire truly is the start of a new era. And, judging by the comments made to South Derbyshire District Council, it is one you are relishing.
One comment on Twitter said: “Thank you for our brand spanking new bin @SDDC. Very excited household here, finally we can recycle much more.”
Another posted: “It is so nice to receive the new bin and caddy. It means I won’t have to carry my plastics and cardboard to the recycling site.”
The first collections start next week and the council is already anticipating a major uptake in the volumes being diverted from landfill.
Card and paper go in the caddy inside the bin, with tins, cans, aerosols, foil, mixed glass and plastics positioned into the main body of the bin.
It is expected the enhanced facilities will help push up South Derbyshire’s recycling rate – one of the best in the county – above the magical 50 per cent mark.
Gill Coates, business and recycling manager at South Derbyshire District Council, said: “What has been clear is how excited and passionate people are about the new service.
“Being able to recycle plastics, cardboard and other materials in one place helps to simplify the process and make recycling even more accessible.
“South Derbyshire has traditionally been one of the top performing areas for helping the environment thanks to our residents.
“We are now urging them to continue showing those high levels of drive and desire to make sure the new all encompassing service begins with a bang.”
Everyone has their own routine for recycling. Some leave it on the side before putting it in the bin while others favour doing it on the go.
There is no right or wrong. For those starting out on the recycling road, it is worth remembering that you don’t have to start big. Every effort counts.
For example, give your jam, marmalade, baby food, spice, pasta sauce and coffee jars a rinse and recycle them with your other glass. Don’t worry about removing labels; they will come off in the recycling process.
Lots of items from the bathroom can be recycled too. Shampoo and shower gel bottles are often forgotten, so start multi-tasking and rinse them out.
It will surprise you how quickly it becomes engrained in your daily routine.
And, to ensure you can squeeze as much into the bins as possible, flatten cardboard and squash plastic bottles. Recycling really is that easy.
Councillor Peter Watson, chairman of environmental and development services at South Derbyshire District Council, said: “There has been a lot of positive feedback about the easy green recycling scheme and we want to ensure the feel good factor continues.
“We have introduced these new bins as a direct result of people asking for a better, more convenient recycling service.
“We want to encourage everyone to use the new green bin and discover how easy it is to make a difference to the environment.”
Residents are encouraged to look at their recycling calendars, or the stickers on top of their bins, to discover their next collection dates.
Thanks to more efficient routes all collections will take place on the same day every week.
Further information on the new service is available at www.south-derbys.gov.uk