Recycle to get Christmas all wrapped up

19 December 2016

Residents in and around Cambridge are being urged to recycle this Christmas as a cardboard motorway stretching to Lapland and back could be made with all the extra card packaging in Cambridgeshire this festive season.

Councillors are urging local people not to let recyclables slip into their black bins this Christmas as Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils’ kerbside wheelie bin collections accept more items than most others in the country.

Around 20% of the yearly sales for many shops are made at Christmas time that means masses of extra paper and card is collected that can be recycled in blue bins. This is increased by the packaging from online shopping.

South Cambridgeshire residents are being reminded that additional blue bin recycling can be placed in a returnable container or cardboard box next to blue 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 locations across the city.

Local people are also being urged to pack their green bin this Christmas as all food leftovers and real Christmas trees are accepted. Real Christmas trees must be cut up so the lid on the green bin closes.

Cambridge City Council has also teamed up with the Arthur Rank Hospice and Just Helping for the second time to collect Christmas trees from homes while raising money for the hospice. Trees will be collected for a donation on 6 and 7 January. This service needs to be booked on the Arthur Rank Hospice’s website at Last year just under £3,000 was raised by collecting over 400 Christmas trees.

Cllr Peter Roberts, Executive Councillor for Environmental Services and City Centre, said: “While enjoying a wonderful Christmas time, please think how you could slim your black bin by reducing waste and recycling as much as possible. The amount of waste we collect will increase just after the festive break and we would love to see that it’s mainly blue and green bin contents, so it can be recycled into new products.”

Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “With so much happening at Christmas, it’s a good opportunity to take a breath and consider how we can maximise our recycling efforts. By recycling just one extra glossy magazine it saves enough energy to boil a kettle nine times. Imagine the potential if we all do this and much more this Christmas.”

Real Christmas trees can also be taken to Cherry Hinton Hall car park after Christmas until 20 January, or to the recycling centres near Milton and Thriplow.

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