Campaign launched to encourage recyclers to do even more

4 July 2016

A month long campaign has been launched to encourage larger households to do all they can to recycle.

The campaign by the shared Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council waste teams will see information given out at the gates of schools, talks to pupils, stickers on wheelie bins and officers attending local fetes.

The campaign is targeting homes in Sawston and Cherry Hinton in a bid to boost the number of items people are aware can be recycled – and if successful it will be rolled out to other areas in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

As well as attending the recent Sawston Fete and visiting a local primary school recycling officers will be visiting primary schools in Sawston and Cherry Hinton to talk to parents. Later this summer the team will also be at Cherry Hinton festival.

Volunteer recycling champions are also getting involved in the campaign and are on hand to give advice to encourage people to go green.

Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for waste and recycling, said: “We’re targeting the campaign on areas with larger households in the first instance, and although residents in Sawston and Cherry Hinton are already good recyclers we believe there is an opportunity to boost their rates further by making sure they are aware of the range of items that can go in their blue bins. Every extra item recycled makes a big difference and avoids the need for landfill.”

Cllr Peter Roberts, Cambridge City Council’s Executive Councillor for Environment and Waste said: “Now that most packaging items can be recycled in the blue bins, we are finding that larger households often fill their bin up and might put recyclable items in their black bin simply because they don’t have space for them. As well as encouraging people to squash plastic bottles and cartons, we want to let them know that in Cambridge City they can order an extra blue bin free of charge via the council website, and in South Cambridgeshire extra recycling can be put out next to your bin in a cardboard box or returnable container.”

The campaign also highlights items that can be recycled from different rooms around the home, including those that residents are often unsure about. This includes aerosol cans from the bathroom such as shaving foam, hair-spray or deodorant cans, as well as those from the lounge like furniture polish sprays. These all go in the blue bin.

Items from upstairs rooms like toilet roll tubes, toothpaste boxes or tissue boxes are often left out too, so council chiefs recommend putting a small bin upstairs just to collect recyclables in.

Anne Taylor, volunteer recycling champion from Cambridge, said: “Sometimes people who recycle well are so confident with their recycling habits that they don’t pick up on changes that have come in. For example, we can now recycle plastic bags and clean plastic wrapping across South Cambridgeshire and the city, but I still speak to people who don’t realise that. It is always worth checking the latest issue of the council magazine for what you can recycle or logging on to their websites.”

For more information about recycling and to order containers, visit www.cambridge.gov.uk or www.scambs.gov.uk