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Getting recycling right in High Peak

We're already great at recycling in High Peak - with 41,740 households regularly recycling their waste - and we're now calling on everyone to make sure they're recycling right.

New research from Recycle Now shows that while people in the UK say doing their bit for the environment is one of the primary reasons they recycle, over three quarter of households add one or more items to their recycling that aren't accepted locally.

And more than half put at least one item in the general rubbish that could be recycled.

Here in the High Peak common items which are regularly put in the wrong bins include:

Brown bins - nappies, plastic bags and food waste that hasn't been removed from containers

Green bins - soil, stones, timber, plant pots and other garden plastics

It's Recycle Week this week (24 - 30 September) and High Peak Borough Council is backing Recycle Now's campaign focusing on making sure we're getting things right when we're sorting our waste.

The campaign seeks to build on the momentum and motivation to care for our environment in the wake of programmes such as Blue Planet II and developments towards reducing unnecessary plastic.

Emily Thrane, Executive Councillor for Operational Services, said: "So many of our residents are recycling their waste on a regular basis, which is great news, and I'd like to thank everyone for their continued efforts.

"We know that people who recycle do so because they want to help make a difference but, with recycling schemes differing from area to area, it can sometimes be confusing to know what we can accept here in the High Peak.

"That's why we're supporting this campaign aimed at helping people get recycling right by only putting items in their bins which are accepted for collection. If you're not sure what we collect it's easy to check - there are full details of what goes in your brown, green and black bins and the red textile sack on our website."