Monday, 25 March 2013

Blue Bin Call For Egg-Tra Waste This Easter

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Chocolate lovers across South Cambridgeshire are being reminded to think green and recycle extra plastic, cardboard and foil from eggs this Easter.

Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK at Easter which generates almost 5,000 tonnes of card, foil and plastic – all of which can be recycled by South Cambridgeshire residents in their blue bins.

The additional waste generated at Easter is the equivalent to weight of around 600 double decker buses and Council waste bosses are urging residents to make sure none of this goes into black bins for landfill.

There will also be some changes in the days blue, green and black bins are collected during and after the Easter break.

Collections due to take place on Friday (29 March) will be one day later on Saturday 30 March, with collections due between Monday 1 and Friday 5 April also one day later than normal.

Collections return to the normal pattern from Monday 8 April.

For the latest information, and the day your bins will be collected, you can follow the Council on Twitter @southcambs. Collection dates are also included in the Council’s residents’ magazine that was recently delivered.

Cllr Sue Ellington, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for environmental health, said: “We typically see a rise in the amount of waste we collect after the Easter holidays and ask you to think green to minimise the amount that goes in your black bin and on to land fill. Cardboard, plastic and foil can all be recycled in your blue bin, and any food leftovers from Easter gatherings can all be put in your green bin for us to recycle.”

Local Bar Hill Parish Councillor Andy Pellew said: "With so many recycling options available it's good to see the District Council encouraging their use. For more information on the local recycling options available in Bar Hill please follow this link - http://goo.gl/UK34c."