As England kick-off their World Cup campaign in Brazil today (Saturday) Derbyshire County Council is urging residents to make recycling their goal this summer.
Every year, households in Derbyshire throw around 189,000 tonnes of waste into their general waste bin, enough to cover 26 World Cup sized football pitches to the depth of a metre.
Sales of bottles, cans, newspapers and even TVs are expected to rise during the tournament as households around the county stock up on food and drink in preparation to settle down or even party while watching the beautiful game.
That’s why the county council is supporting Recycle Week -- which runs from 16-22 June -- to encourage more people to reduce, reuse and recycle and to help make sure nothing goes to waste.
Coun Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: “Thousands of people in Derbyshire will be watching the World Cup and if the weather’s nice will be enjoying barbeques in the garden.
“But don’t forget to do your bit for England and make sure you recycle your bottles, jars, cans, cardboard and other packaging along with your post-match leftovers if your local council collects food waste.
“The amount of waste that goes to landfill costs Derby and Derbyshire council tax-payers £22.7 million a year and with budget cuts of £157 million to make by 2018, it’s a cost we can’t afford in the future.
Everyday items like glass bottles, cans, plastics, paper, cardboard can all be recycled through district or borough council collection schemes. Find out more by visiting your district or borough council website. You can find yours at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/districtsandboroughs
A range of items which are too large to be taken by your normal kerbside waste collection can be recycled at the county council’s household waste recycling centres across Derbyshire. Details of where to find them are available at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recycling or Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058. To find your nearest recycling banks, people can visit www.recyclenow.com