Residents are being urged not to let Christmas waste go to landfill this festive season as enough wrapping paper to stretch from Cambridge to Calais will be thrown away by households in South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge.
Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils have one of the best kerbside recycling systems in the country, with everything from wrapping paper and Christmas cards to food waste and real Christmas trees all being accepted in blue and green recycling bins.
Households also throw more food than normal away during the festive season and waste bosses are encouraging people to measure portions, use up leftovers and freeze surplus food this Christmas. A portion calculator, ‘rescue recipes’ for leftovers, advice on freezing and more can be found at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.
Vegetable and fruit peelings, turkey bones and plate scrapings can all be recycled by putting them in your green wheelie bin with any garden waste.
South Cambridgeshire residents are being reminded that additional blue bin recycling can be placed in a returnable container or cardboard box next to blue wheelie bins when they are scheduled for collection. In Cambridge city, extra blue bin recycling can be taken to local recycling points at supermarkets and other public locations. Non-recyclable waste can be taken to household recycling centres near Milton and Thriplow.
Real Christmas trees can be cut up and put in your green bin with the lid closed, taken to Cherry Hinton Hall car park from Boxing Day until 20 January, or to the recycling centres near Milton and Thriplow.
Cambridge City Council has also teamed up with the Arthur Rank Hospice and Just Helping for the first time to collect Christmas trees from city homes while raising money for the hospice. Trees will be collected for a donation of £5 or more on 8, 9 and 10 January. This service needs to be booked on the Arthur Rank Hospice’s website at www.arhc.org.uk/treerecycling.asp
Cllr Peter Roberts, Executive Councillor for Environment, Waste and Public Health, said: “While enjoying a wonderful Christmas time please think how you could do your bit by slimming your black bin and recycling as much as possible. We know that the amount of waste we collect will increase just after the festive break and would love to see that in blue and green bins so it can be recycled into new products.”
Cllr Mick Martin, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for environmental health, said: “It is staggering to see the amount of additional waste we all produce at Christmas time. This is a really important time to make sure we all do our bit and recycle as much as we can. The three bin system we have in the area for kerbside recycling is one of the best in the country and it only takes a few seconds to make sure you are reducing the amount that goes to landfill.”
For information about recycling centres in Milton and Thriplow go to www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20128/recycling_centres