Erewash Borough Council has launched a digital Christmas recycling campaign to encourage residents to reduce their waste over the festive period.

Erewash Recycles provide tips, myth-busters and videos via its social media channels. It comes as recycling rates have seen an increase in the borough. From July to September 2020 the council’s recycling crews were handling just over 27 per cent more mixed recycling and garden waste compared to the same period last year, increasing recycling rates from 49 per cent in 2019 to 55 per cent so far in 2020. The increase is thought to be, in part, down to more people working at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor Garry Hickton, Lead Member for Environment at Erewash Borough Council, said: “These are great figures and I hope that everyone will carry on helping us to achieve a greener borough over the festive period when more waste is created in homes.

“I would also like to praise the efforts of our refuse teams who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic this year to ensure refuse and recycling collections continue.”

Residents are also being reminded not to leave items on the floor at West Park Recycling Centre in Long Eaton and to only put the accepted materials – paper, cardboard, tins, plastic and glass - in the blue bins at the site. If the bins are full please take your items home with you and store them until your next household collection. Clothes can be placed in the yellow charity bins. Other materials can be taken to the nearest household recycling centre at Manners Road in Ilkeston or the council will collect as part of its bulky waste collection service, which will be taking requests for collections from 4 January.

Brown bins that are empty of any garden waste can also be used for dry recycling in the winter months.

You can like Erewash Borough Council on Facebook follow us on Twitter.  You can also get involved and share any useful tips by using the hashtag #ErewashRecycles.

You can also find an A-Z of what can and can’t be recycled on our A to Z of recycling page.