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Free Christmas tree recycling

From 9 January your District Council will be helping local people recycle real Christmas trees.

All residents have to do is place the tree at the edge of their property on their usual green/recycling day collection and the tree will be composted along with other garden materials.

Any tree over 5ft in length must be broken/sawn down to a manageable size, with decorations and plant pots removed. Alternatively, trees can be taken to the nearest household waste recycling centre. The initiative ends on 3 February

Plain Christmas cards and wrapping paper can be included in residents' kerbside cardboard and paper recycling to be collected by the District Council’s contractor Serco. Foil-backed and glittery cards and paper should not be included, but placed in general household waste grey bins or black sacks.

  • Derbyshire Dales residents can use the online postcode search to check on their collection cycle, where they can also download and view their 2017 collection calendar.
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New gym equipment at our leisure centres

Our gyms are improving! How about you? To celebrate the New Year, we are improving all four of our leisure centres ready to give our members a whole new fitness experience starting in March 2017.

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What happens to the food waste you recycle?

VIDEO | Every week our bin teams collect food waste from homes across the Derbyshire Dales. But what actually happens to the waste you put in your kerbside caddies?

In this video we follow the process from food waste being dropped off at Vital Earth in Ashbourne, where it is heated up in vessels using natural microbes. It's then tipped into piles and left to mature for a further 6-8 weeks, developing friendly bacteria.

Watch the video below to see how the process ends. And if you have any food waste questions, check our useful FAQs.

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