Derbyshire County Council has opened a new household waste recycling centre at a cost of £1.1m.
The new centre at Northwood, which will be managed by Resource Recovery Solutions (RRS) and run by HW Martin Waste, is expected to handle up to 5,000 tonnes of waste a year, of which more than 60% will be recycled rather than being sent to landfill.
RRS operations director Denzil Baldwin said: “The new Northwood facility will bring a much-needed recycling centre to the heart of Derbyshire and provides local people with a convenient location to recycle their waste.
“We work very closely with the council in order to maximize the recycling potential of many different types of waste materials – helping to avoid landfill, which is neither environmentally nor economically sustainable.”
Derbyshire’s cabinet member for recycling and technology, Councillor John Allsop, said: “The new centre is a real asset, making it a lot easier for local people to recycle, reuse or compost what they no longer need.
“We can’t keep sending our rubbish to landfill. It costs us £12.2m a year in landfill tax and it’s bad for the environment.”
The new site is one of nine recycling centres in Derbyshire, operated by the council through a contract with RRS - a joint venture between Shanks Group and Interserve.