Recycling in Derbyshire has rocketed by 30 per cent in 10 years, as the county council marks a decade of transforming waste.
In 2002/2003 Derbyshire County Council residents recycled 13.9 per cent of their waste.
Now − with better awareness, promotion and improved collection services − the recycling rate has shot up to 43.3 per cent.
That means 190,821 fewer tonnes of waste going into landfill this year than it did.
And by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, residents are helping to protect the environment and save valuable resources.
A spokesman for the council said: “If we were still landfilling the same amount as in 2002/03 it would have cost the county council more than £18 million.”
Items can be taken to a county council household waste recycling centre in Ashbourne, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Glossop, Ilkeston, Loscoe, Bretby, Darley Dale and Waterswallows near Buxton.