Derbyshire recycling centre's 5,000 tonne target

A new £1.1m recycling centre in Derbyshire is expected to handle about 5,000 tonnes of waste a year.

The county council said it hoped the facility at Harrison Way, Northwood, near Darley Dale would recycle 70% of the items brought in.

Officials said reducing landfill was good for the environment and would save on extra taxes.

The centre will work alongside doorstep services run by district councils but can take far larger items.

Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for recycling and technology, Councillor John Allsop, said: "The new centre makes it a lot easier for local people to recycle, reuse or compost things they no longer need."

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