Recycling myths

• MYTH – Recycling uses more energy than it saves.
FACT – Up to 95% less energy is needed to make new products using recycled materials.
• MYTH – Rinsing out recyclables is a waste of water and energy.
FACT – No it isn’t! Making sure bottles and other food and drinks packaging are completely empty and giving them a quick rinse before recycling is one of the most useful things you can do because it stops other recyclables from being contaminated. Use the water from the washing up or pop them into the dishwasher if there’s space.
• MYTH – Aerosol cans can’t be recycled.
FACT – Empty aerosol cans can be recycled using your recycling bins or bags. Metal can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing quality.
• MYTH – It doesn’t matter if you put the wrong things in your recycling as it all gets sorted out anyway.
FACT – If the wrong things are sent for recycling they can contaminate the whole load. This might mean all the materials are sent for disposal instead of recycling or that the quality and value of the new recyclable materials produced are lower and are less attractive to the manufacturing industry.
• MYTH – If it doesn’t all fit in your recycling bin it won’t get recycled.
FACT – You can put out extra recycling alongside your main recycling bins or bags on collection day. Contact your district or borough council to check the best way to present your additional recycling. If you are a large family you may be eligible for an extra recycling bin so please ask your district/borough council.
• MYTH – There’s no point separating your recycling into different materials, it all gets mixed together in the recycling lorry anyway.
FACT – Some refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) have separate compartments close together within the vehicle. So when materials are loaded it can look like separated recyclables are being mixed together when in fact they’re entering separate compartments.
Recyclables are processed at special recycling centres where materials such as paper, cans and plastics are sorted by machines and by hand. The separated materials are then bought by companies who can make them into new products.

Once you’re all clued up try our online quiz for the chance of winning one of three stylish Joseph Joseph indoor recycling bins worth nearly £200 each*.
Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Support Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, said:
“Waste is a big problem and the more that can be recycled the better.
“This campaign aims to get rid of some of the common myths about recycling and should make people more confident that they are doing the right thing.
“Dealing with Derbyshire’s waste cost the county council nearly £38million in 2015/16 and these costs are rising.
“So the more people reduce, reuse and recycle the more we can save on these costs”.

Get the facts and enter the competition at

Got a recycling question that needs answering? We can help:
• There is a useful A-Z list of what can and can’t be recycled at
• Submit your question by email to

Find out more about National Recycling Week at

*Competition is only open to Derbyshire County Council residents and closes on Tuesday 31 October 2017

Make Every Moment Special in Our Community

During National Volunteers Week (1-10 June), volunteers from M&S will give up their time to support projects across the country, in an epic week of action for social good. We are very excited to be part of @MarksandSpencer #SpendItWell here in Whaley Bridge.

M&S are sponsoring Whaley Bridge Canal Group who will planting wildlife friendly bushes and plants in the basin. They’ll also be kept busy installing some posts to keep the grassed areas clean and tidy. This is going to make a real difference to the basin and the town. Thank you M&S Buxton for both funding the project and for providing some workers from the store.

Members of the public are welcome and indeed encouraged to join in as well. Refreshments and food will be provided from Pear Tree cafe.

The event happens from 10 am to 4 pm on Thursday June the 8th. Yes something else may be going on that day 🙂 You don’t need to be there for the full day, but you can if you wish. You’ll be fed as well. Importantly, the basin and canal are also being re-evaluated for our Green Flag status at some time during the event. So the more people we have down there when the judges arrive the better for the village.

In addition, the group have their regular clean up session this Sunday June 4th, from 12 noon till 3 pm (again turn up at any time). Meet at the basin for both events and look out for yellow jackets.

Lastly, the next market is on Saturday June the 17th, 10 am to 3 pm. Please spread the word and more importantly get down to the basin and get some great bargains.

Interested in helping at Whaley Bridge Brownies?

WB Brownies starts again on Monday 12th September. They meet at 6-7.30 pm at the Uniting Church. Unfortunately there are no more places for new girls. However the Brownies would warmly welcome anyone who is interested in helping out in whatever way they can.
Alternatively, If you know someone who is undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh this is an ideal opportunity to gain some voluntary work experience. Please contact- Zara Clarke (

Whaley Waves the Flag Again

Following on from the award to our Memorial Park last year, Whaley has a share of a second Green Flag.

The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and asseGreen Flagss them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.

“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

The seven mile length of the Peak Forest Canal is one of 239 parks and green spaces across the North West who today are proudly flying a Green Flag Award, after being judged to be some of the best in the country. It joins 26 miles of The Macclesfield Canal that has been awarded the Green Flag award for the second year running after it became the first ever canal to be awarded the prestigious accolade last year.

Both canals are managed by the Trust – the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.

Walter Menzies, chair of the Manchester & Pennine waterway partnership, said: “We’re delighted that both the Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canals have been awarded with Green Flags.11406729_843863445649376_1878441911038792734_n

“They are w397479_585841088118281_1018783280_nonderful outdoor green spaces for all the family to enjoy and it’s great that they are being recognised alongside the likes of Hyde Park in London.  It is a testament to the huge amount of work that everyone puts into looking after them, whether that is our teams, the people living or working along the waterway or our hundreds of volunteers. The awards also set new standards of excellence for our entire canal network.”

Whaley’s own, Nev Clarke who runs the local canal volunteer group was one of the hosts when the judges visited in June and also attended the award ceremony in Sheffield last week stated, “Feel very humbled at this moment. Lots of great work done all along the canal, by volunteers and CRT staff alike. Special and very personal thanks go to all those who have helped out in Whaley Bridge, you’ve done yourselves and the community proud.”

The next volunteer session is down at the basin on Sunday, August 7th, 12 noon till 3pm.  Anyway who wants to help out in any way will be made most welcome, from litter picking to weeding, to installing tapping rails.  For the more adventurous, the next bat survey is 5am the following Tuesday morning (9th August).  Phone Nev for details on 07920 253075 or get in touch at



Over a Dozen Respond to the Bat Signal

Whaley Bridge Canal Group held it’s second bat survey on Wednesday night.  Glyn Stewart, one of the Canal and River Trust’s senior ecologists said after the event, “What a successful evening! Thanks to everyone for helping with the different aspects.  In particular, I was really impressed with the quality of volunteers we had lasWBCG sealt night, they were really passionate about the survey and quick to learn.”


As Nev Clarke, leading the group and the surveys, has already said, “ It is vitally important that we carry out this study.  As well as being of great interest it will be instrumental in any and all works and alterations to the building; For one we don’t want to disturb the habitat of the creatures who have made it their home but any planning application will be subject to a complete bat survey being undertaken, whether it comes to something as essential as repairing the roof or fitting new windows.”

The next dates are:

Mon 18th July – 21.10pm  start time

Tues 9th August – 5.20am start time (pre-dawn survey – best chance of seeing bats enter or leave the building)

Mon 12 Sept – either a 19.15pm emergence survey or a 06.20am pre-dawn survey (to be decided nearer the time)
Anyone wanting to get involved should contact Nev on 07920 253075 or at  The group also have their canal clean up this Sunday and indeed the first Sunday of every month from 12 noon till 3pm.  New volunteers are always welcome and you’ll get a drink and probably chocolate from the experience.