County council delivering waste services

The county council is a waste disposal authority and is responsible for:

  • providing recycling centres for residents to recycle a variety of items and dispose of bulky waste
  • treating the non-recycled 'black bag rubbish' collected by your district council
  • treating food and garden waste collected by the district councils to make soil conditioner
  • delivering tailored waste and environmental education to schools across Cambridgeshire in a number of different ways, including through the council's Education Centre
  • working with other councils in Cambridgeshire, local businesses, charities and community groups to run waste and environmental campaigns

Cambridgeshire County Council has a 28 year Private Finance Initiative contract with Amey Cespa that started in 2008 that includes:

  • new in-vessel composting facility to treat all the garden and food waste collected by the districts
  • two transfer stations
  • management of the nine Household Recycling Centres

Mechanical Biological Treatment

To reduce waste going to landfill all of Cambridgeshire's 'black bag' household waste is taken to the Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facility, where material is recovered for recycling and other uses before the remainder is made into a compost-like-output. This significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to sending the waste straight to landfill and saves money as landfill is becoming more and more expensive.

In-vessel composting

The county's kitchen and garden waste is taken to Waterbeach to be composted. The in-vessel composting allows us to compost garden trimmings, fruit, vegetable, meat and fish waste, which is shredded and put into 'vessels' where it reaches a temperature of 60°C (which kills off disease-causing organisms so that it conforms to the EU Animal By-Products Regulation). Within six to eight weeks soil conditioner is produced that is used by local farmers. This soil conditioner can be collected in bulk (free of charge) from the AmeyCespa site or purchased for £2.50 a bag at the Household Recycling Centres (apart from Milton).

Controlled waste regulations

A policy has been developed between the county and the five district councils on controlled waste regulations. The purpose of this policy is to set out how we implement waste collection and disposal charges to any non household waste customers according to the revised regulations at a local level.

Controlled Waste Regulations

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