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Help create a greener Cambridgeshire by joining the Big Recycle Hunt

20 October 2023

Cambridgeshire County Council is encouraging families to help create a greener Cambridgeshire by joining a quest to find 'lost recyclables'.

The central focus of this year’s Recycle Week, which draws to a close today (Friday 20 October), has been the Big Recycling Hunt, a quest to find commonly missed recyclables. Empty aerosols, plastic cleaning product bottles, plastic toiletry bottles, plastic pots and tubs, and food tins are often thrown away rather than put in the kerbside recycling bin or taken to the local Household Recycling Centre.

Families and schools who would like to take part have until Thursday 2 November to sign up. Go to www.recyclenow.org.uk/RecycleWeek

Over the last 20 years, the amount of Cambridgeshire’s household waste which is composted, recycled, reused or recovered has increased significantly from 28.99 per cent in 2003/04 to 52.14 per cent in 2022/23. By making small changes, there is still more that we can all do.

Councillor Lorna Dupré, chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Environment and Green Investment Committee, said: “The effort already being made by our residents to recycle their household waste is commendable, but we need to see the recycling rates in Cambridgeshire improve even further.

“With some simple steps, residents can help us do this. I’d encourage families to sign up to the Big Recycling Hunt, seeking out those items around the home that can easily be recycled. From the bathroom to the kitchen, empty bottles, tubs and cans just need a quick rinse before putting them in your recycling bin.

“Although recycling is key to our ambition to create a greener, fairer and more caring Cambridgeshire, and to achieve our aim of net zero emissions for the county by 2040, it’s just as important that we do what we can not to produce unnecessary waste in the first place. From thinking differently about what you buy, to refilling water bottles or using bags for life, to buying second hand clothing, to composting at home – there are lots of ways to make a real difference.”

If you’d like to find out more about recycling and how to minimise the waste you create, the council’s Waterbeach Waste Education Centre is a free to access educational service, which aims to increase understanding of waste issues for local schools, community groups and businesses. Find out more at https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/waste-and-recycling/waste-education-service

If you’re not sure about what you can and cannot recycle, then take a look at the ‘Recycling Locator’ which has been helping residents to be better recyclers by providing information about where and what they can recycle at https://www.recyclenow.com/recycle-an-item.

For details of household recycling collections in your area check your local council’s website from the list below: