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Derby recycling scheme to be extended

A recycling scheme in Derby is being extended in response to public demand.

The council said the scheme, which has been operating since 2003, would be available to a further 5,000 properties.

It said this would increase the city's recycling rate to 45% - above the national average.

Residents will receive bins from the end of January to recycle items such as plastic, metal, food waste and cardboard.

'Head and shoulders'

They will also get bags for clothes and shoes.

Councillor Michael Carr said: "I'm pleased that every part of the city can finally benefit from such a successful scheme.

"Derby's recycling rates are already something to be proud of but the opportunity to put us head and shoulders above others will really put us on the map.

"I hope that people embrace the new service and start to recycle more of their waste as a result."

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