ASHBOURNE households are being invited to a consultation session to discuss their views on recycling in the area.
Derbyshire County Council are asking what can be done to help reduce, reuse, recycle and compost more waste?
Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: "Households in Ashbourne and Derbyshire are still throwing around 245,000 tonnes of waste into their general waste bin – even though around half of it could have been recycled or composted.
“That’s enough waste to fill 87 Olympic size swimming pools being sent to landfill when it could have been put to good use.”
She said: “The county council is facing difficult financial times and needs to save £157 million over the next five years.
“Landfilling waste costs Ashbourne and Derbyshire council tax-payers £22.7 million a year.
“If we all reduce, reuse and recycle more of our waste, less will be sent to landfill which will help to make some of the financial savings needed.
“That’s why Derbyshire councils are asking local people what they would like to see put in place to help them do more.”
Council staff will be available to talk to people and hand out questionnaires in the town's library from 10am until noon on Tuesday, January 28.
The survey is also available online, along with the draft strategy and action plans at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/wastestrategy
Copies of the questionnaire, draft strategy and action plans are also available at the library.
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