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Christmas and New Year bin collections

Derbyshire Dales residents have been reminded that Christmas and New Year bank holidays mean their bin collections will be one day later than usual over the festive fortnight.

Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, so the week leading up to Christmas will be business as usual.

The District Council’s contractor Serco will not be working Boxing Day but will collect usual Monday waste and recycling on Tuesday 27 December, working an extra day on Saturday 31 December. The following week they will not be working Monday 2 January, but will work through from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th January.

Residents are asked to note that no additional household waste will be collected, so are advised to make sure all their household waste is contained in their grey bin with the lid shut, or, for homes on a sack collection, in four standard sized black sacks.

A District Council spokesperson said:

“While we are asking our residents to limit the amount of household waste they put out for landfill, we are always happy to take excess recycling. All we ask is that any additional material is left at the side of recycling containers, making sure it is easily identifiable and suitably contained.

"We recommend using transparent containers, such as stacker boxes, rather than black bags, so we can easily identify the contents, and ask that any excess card, paper and magazines are separated from other excess recycling. Cardboard must be flattened and broken down into smaller pieces no wider than 0.5m to fit in the recycling compartment of our trucks.”

More information on presenting excess recycling can be found online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/excessrecycling

Food waste collections will continue to happen weekly and recycling collections fortnightly.

To help prioritise household waste and recycling collections at this busy time of year, all garden waste (green bin/compostable sacks) collections are suspended during those two weeks.

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FREE festive parking for 9th year

For the 9th year in a row, your District Council is encouraging people to shop locally this Christmas, with free parking across the district from 1st December.

In a scheme designed to boost trade, it will be free to park in all District Council car parks after 2pm throughout December.

The free parking initiative was introduced by the District Council in 2008 to help local residents and businesses during the economic recession.

District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

“Promoting a thriving district is our number one priority, and although local government finances are tighter than ever, we remain absolutely committed to doing everything we can to encourage people to shop locally.”

The free parking from 2pm throughout December comes on top of residents’ parking concessions that allow local people to park free every day of the year up to 11am and after 4pm.

This means Dales residents have free parking for 21 hours each day over the festive period, which helps local people and local traders.

Free parking extends to midnight each day and motorists are reminded not to leave anything valuable in their vehicles as the lead up to Christmas can also be a choice time for thieves.

Councillor Rose added:

“It is great news that we have managed once again this year to retain the free parking permit for every one of our 34,000 households.

“In an ideal world we would like nothing more than to make parking free at all times, but the reality is that car parking income plays an important role in helping us to maintain some of the excellent car parking, environmental and recreational services we provide for local people and visitors.”

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24 days of Christmas at our Leisure Centres

24 Days of Christmas at Our Leisure Centres We're celebrating December by giving something back to our loyal customers to say thank you

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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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Celebrating #OurDay 2016

On Tuesday 15 November your District Council took part in #OurDay - an annual tweetathon that shows what local government organisations do in a typical day.

We hope #OurDay helped local people learn more about how we deliver the services you value - and you can view the posts and photographs from our Twitter feed below.

On the day our bin teams visited 6,000 Derbyshire Dales homes collecting recycling, household and food waste, we emptied and inspected 400 litter bins, answered 385 phone calls at our Matlock Town Hall HQ, spoke to 57 visitors, dealt with four FOI requests and over 100 email enquiries.

Our Clean & Green Team cleaned and restocked a dozen toilet blocks and carried out winter maintenance on 28 parks and play areas, while our leisure centres provided swimming lessons to more than 670 children.

Here's a flavour of #OurDay 2016:


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