Christmas Recycling Plea

Christmas is fast approaching and the Cambridgeshire County Council Refuse and Recycling Department are already preparing to deal with the extra waste which is generated during this time.

Over the Christmas week there is an extra 750,000 tonnes of waste in England alone compared to the rest of the year – or in other words an increase of about 30%). The increase is generally made up of food waste, glass bottles, packaging and gift wrap.

Please recycle responsibly and make use of the excellent recycling facilities that they provide

The local bin collection schedule can be found here, or a downloadable calendar can be found here.

NB: Main changes are that during the christmas weeks the collection will be on Friday 27th Dec and Friday 3rd Jan

To make it as easy and convenient as possible for you to recycle and compost your festive waste, here are a few tips:

Blue Bin

Most packaging can be placed in the blue bin, including;

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Tins and cans
  • Cardboard (large pieces can be flattened and placed next to your blue bin for collection)
  • Greeting cards
  • Gift wrap (all types)
  • Plastic pots, tubs, trays
  • Plastic packaging
  • Plastic film (all types as long as clean)

If your blue bin is full, extra recycling can be placed out for collection in a cardboard box or returnable container.

Paper Caddy

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Leaflets
  • Greeting card envelopes

Green Bin

  • All food waste (cooked or raw)
  • Real Christmas trees (only when cut up and placed inside the bin)

If you follow these simple steps, your black bin should remain practically empty with only non recyclable and non compostable items, such as polystyrene and nappies.

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