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Derby trials recycling removal

Derby City Council is pressing ahead with the removal of recycling collections in selected areas as a result of high levels of contamination and fly-tipping.

Collections of food waste, green waste and mixed recycling will stop for a year in the trial area of 58 streets in October, Derby council told MRW.

The move provoked criticism when it was mooted earlier in the year.

Where kerbside recycling collections are removed large communal waste bins will be provided. Residents in the trial area of Arboretum will also have a weekly rather than fortnightly black bag collection.

Tim Clegg, director of partnerships and streetpride for Derby City Council said: “There has been a large amount of side waste and fly-tipping in the area and high level of contamination of recycling bins.

“The move to a weekly black bin collection will take two thirds of the bins off the streets immediately and help us to work with residents to ask them to store their remaining bins off the streets.”

Clegg said the overall impact of the changes would not result in a significant increase in the amount of waste going to landfill.

“The council has introduced a larger blue recycling bin across most of the city and this is resulting in an increase of 15% in the amount of materials recycled.”

Derby’s reuse and recycling rate in 2011/12 was 46.4%. This is higher than the national average for local authorities in England which was 43 per cent in 2011/12.

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