Free food caddies will be handed out at the One World Festival in News Mills this weekend to help residents compost more of their waste.
High Peak Borough Council Leader Councillor Caitlin Bisknell will be joining officers from the Council and Derbyshire County Council to offer festival goers and residents advice about recycling and waste issues at the event which takes place in High Lea Park on Saturday 6 July.
Councillor Bisknell said: “Over the last ten years, High Peak residents have really embraced recycling with rates increasing from around 7% of all waste being recycled in 2002/03 to 44% in 2012/13. All households now have access to a kerbside recycling service compared to 54% in 2002/03.
“We’re keen to see this upward trend continue, and to encourage people to compost the right types of waste, including food waste, and that’s the message we’ll be taking to the One World Festival this weekend.”
But, in recent months, some residents have been putting incorrect items such as general rubbish, nappies and duvets into their green-lidded bins. This means some or all of the compostable waste may have to be disposed of in landfill.
The Borough and County Councils are working together to make sure people are aware of what can go in these bins and also to encourage people to compost.
Councillor Anthony McKeown, executive member for community services at High Peak Borough Council, said: “The way High Peak residents have taken to recycling has been fantastic and we don’t want to lose this enthusiasm. The problem is that if people leave items for collection that aren’t acceptable it can lead to loads being rejected which costs the council, and council tax payers, money.
“We’re going to be out and about in the community to raise awareness of good practice and we’re also offering free food caddies, which are available at council offices, to help people get started on composting their food waste.”
Green-lidded bins are for food waste; grass cuttings; hedge trimmings; weeds; cut flowers and dead houseplants only.
More information about what can go in bins, and on composting, is a available on the website at www.highpeak.gov.uk