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Waste and Recycling

Recycling at Christmas 

Jingle all the way to your recycling bin this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, Huntingdonshire District Council would like to encourage you all to keep the party going by remembering to recycle over the festive period.

We are recycling more at home than ever before, which is great, and we don’t want it to be forgotten about during the festivities.

Christmas is a time for entertaining, which means we all have more waste to dispose of. In Huntingdonshire, we are fortunate to be able to recycle a wide range of materials within the blue bins or clear sacks, which helps us all to recycle more this Christmas.

Collections of all waste types will continue throughout the festive period, but your day of collection will change for a few weeks. Please be aware that some collections may take place a day or two before your normal collection day and these are highlighted below or you can download your collection calendar via the link on the right which will clearly show these changes

Get to know what materials can be recycled and where, use the great recycling facilities we have available in Huntingdonshire. Display the complete list of materials that can be recycled so all your guests know what goes where. A complete list of materials can be found via the What Goes In Which Bin link on the left.

Glass bottles and jars, cans, tins and foil, jam jar lids, envelopes, junk mail and flyers, biscuit and sweet tins, plastics including bottles, pots, tubs, trays and packaging, newspapers and magazines, milk and juice cartons, cardboard and packaging card and after the twelfth night your Christmas cards! Are all accepted as part of your recycling collection.

As part of your green waste collection - garden and food waste, including all cooked and uncooked food and bones are accepted. If you have a real Christmas tree, remember to put this alongside your green bin for composting in January. If it’s taller than your bin please chop in half.

Frozen Garden Waste Bins
In very cold weather the contents of green bins sometimes freeze and become stuck inside the bin. This can mean that we are unable to empty the bin or all the contents of the bin.

There are some things that you can do to try to avoid this situation:

  • Wrap food waste in paper before putting in the bin or in a paper sack
  • Loosen the waste inside the bin before collection if you are able to
  • If possible, store your bin somewhere that it is less likely to freeze the day before collection, for example a garage or shed
  • Put your bin out for collection every time, so you are less likely to be stuck with a full bin

Residents with concerns about the build-up of waste may choose to take it to the recycling centres at Alconbury, Bluntisham or St Neots

When green waste is frozen in the bin, if the waste does not empty when lifted by the vehicle mechanism the bin will be left with the contents still in it. The lid of the bin will be left open where possible to indicate the crew have tried to empty the bin. The resident should ensure that the waste is loosened within the bin when presenting it for collection on their next scheduled collection day. We will not return to empty frozen bins before the next scheduled collection

The Household Recycling Centres in Alconbury, Bluntisham and St Neots collect a range of materials for recycling, including electrical goods, batteries, glass bottles and much more. Find out what materials are collected via the link on the right.

There are textile banks dotted around the district for your unwanted clothes and shoes. Good quality or not, nothing is wasted.
 
‘We’re Dreaming of a Green Christmas’ this year so join us by giving some of these top tips a try
 
• If you're having a party, recycle all the glass bottles, drinks cans and plastic bottles within your blue bin.
• When you're unwrapping your gifts think about keeping the wrapping paper and cards to use as next year’s paper and gift tags.
• Charities, schools and hospitals will be grateful of unwanted or duplicate gifts.
• Home compost all your fruit and vegetable peelings to create compost for your garden.
• Use Christmas leftovers to make other dishes like turkey curry. More leftover recipes at the Love Food Hate Waste website
• Give rechargeable batteries with Christmas presents to reduce waste from single life batteries.
• Instead of buying Christmas decorations try making your own from everyday household items, e.g. buttons and salt dough.
• If you have an artificial tree, pack it away carefully so that it can be used again next year.

Waste in Huntingdonshire

As a Waste Collection Authority Huntingdonshire District Council is responsible for the collection of household waste and also the provision of mini recycling centres throughout the District.

Cambridgeshire County Council as a Waste Disposal Authority is responsible for arranging the safe disposal of the waste collected by the Districts within the County, as well as providing and managing the household waste recycling centres at Alconbury, Bluntisham and St Neots.
 
Waste is an increasing problem across the globe and one that needs to be dealt with at a local level. Every year the residents of Huntingdonshire throw away tonnes of waste.

Huntingdonshire District Council achieved a diversion rate of over 56% based on the recycling and compostable waste that it processed through other means than landfill. These impressive results are an indication of the good work of local residents and Council employees who recognise that everyone has a responsibility for the protection of the environment we share.
  
Households not disposing of their waste through authorised council services should ensure that they comply with the Duty of Care. The duty of care is a law which says that you must take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe. 
 
If you give waste to someone else, you must be sure they are authorised to take it and can transport, recycle or dispose of it safely. For more information about Duty of Care, follow the external link to the right of this page.
 
For detailed information about refuse and recycling collections, follow the links on the left.
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