Councillor Jonathan Smale; Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride

It is an exciting time for Derby because from 1st April our Garden Recycling (brown bin) Scheme will be back across the city – and it is free!

We believe that charging for recycling doesn’t encourage residents to take an active part. We want everyone to embrace the free Garden Recycling Scheme so we can all help take responsibility for our planet.

There is definitely room for improvement when it comes to recycling in the UK. We are seeing a decline of recycling rates in most local authorities and I think the Garden (and food!) Recycling Scheme is perfect to increase our recycling rates to help our local environment.

For that reason, getting your free brown bin and joining the Garden Recycling Scheme will help Derby reduce our environmental impact. Thanks to you, in 2017/18 over 36% of household waste was recycled – and with your help, this year we can do more!

Targets set by the government mean we should be achieving a 50% recycling rate by 2020. With our residents taking up the offer of free garden recycling we should achieve this. Re-launching free brown bins so you can recycle your garden and food waste is the start, and fits into a bigger picture of trying to improve recycling.

I would really encourage residents to register – the scheme is completely free and you can use your old brown bin for collections as early as April. All you have to do is sign up now. 30% of the average black bin waste could be recycled as part of this scheme – we want as many households to join in as possible to help protect our planet from the harms of disposing of our waste. Each resident would be doing their part if they could move this recyclable waste in to the brown bin rather than the black.

If as many households as possible join the Garden Recycling Scheme I believe that this time next year we will be a great example that recycling is important, and that using the black bin  should be a last resort.

To register for the free Garden Recycling Scheme, you can:

If you already have a brown bin and register before Friday 1st March you will get the most from the service as collections will start from 1st April. If you need a new brown bin delivering, you can order one for free and you will receive it by August.