A NEW kerbside collection scheme has helped to double recycling rates in Bolsover and Shirebrook.
The new burgundy bin, launched in May by bosses at Bolsover and North East Derbyshire district councils, has replaced the old blue box and bag.
The previous system, which held materials such as paper, glass and tins, has been swapped for a burgundy bin, in which all recyclable materials, including for the first time plastic bottles, can be disposed of.
The bins have led to an average increase of 105 per cent in the amount of material that is being recycled.
And council leaders have now hailed the new bins a success after they were used by almost 79,000 households across the two council areas.
Coun Dennis Kelly, Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are extremely pleased with how the bin has been received by residents and the first few months’ figures show how popular the bin is. The new bin is a great improvement.
“It allows residents to recycle more, help keep all their recycling in one place, keeps the recycling materials dry and above all, is helping us to drastically reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.”
The councils are among the first in Derbyshire to include plastic bottles in their kerbside recycling service, which means they are already ahead of new European rules that will require all councils to collect them by 2015.
The two authorities are expected to save a combined £400,000 a year by joining forces to procure a joint contract from service provider, HW Martin.
Coun Nick Foster, North East Derbyshire District Council’s member for the environment, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the early success of the scheme, which underlines that our residents really are committed to recycling.
“Both authorities are committed to saving money while protecting frontline services and, by working together to deliver joint services we’re able to do just that.”
There were also attempts to engage residents with the new service, and the ‘Kerb it! Recycle it!’ campaign was introduced after both authorities worked closely with WRAP ahead of the launch of the project in January this year.