We try to get local authorities, businesses, residents & our visitors to throw less away, re-use as much as possible and recycle what can’t be re-used.

We organise an annual Give or Take day each spring, when people bring things they don’t want and others take away what they do want. (It’s like Freecycle but in the flesh and more fun.)

We used to take part in a Transition zero carbon walking float when the Wirksworth Carnival Parade was on in the past, and we have encouraged Wirksworth Festival Committee to take on board the need to recycle rubbish at the festival, having done the job ourselves for three years.

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At a Give or Take event

Recycling can be quite a complex business, and we try to help people to understand what can and cannot be recycled and encourage them to recycle. Our current project is to increase plastic film recycling, and the local Co-op has a plastic film recycling point.

Ken's - Wirksworth shop

Image on sustainability in Ken’s supermarket on St Johns St.

These days, there are more options for repairing broken items, including the Repair Café that happens every first Saturday of the month at the Wellspring Church Hall. It is run by volunteers who mend items with electrical, woodworking, sewing skills etc. and save items from being unnecessarily thrown away. If you are interested in helping, please contact hilaryhebron@gmail.com.

If you have any great recycling ideas or would like to join our group, you would be very welcome.

Main contact: Hilary Hebron, hilaryhebron@gmail.com


Useful Links

Revival Furniture Project (Ashbourne)

Where to recycle A-Z