Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Bill The Bin Man Acts Out Christmas Recycling Message

Primary school children have welcomed Bill the bin man today (Tuesday 10 December) as he took the stage to tell them why they need to recycle this festive season.

Almost 5,000 tonnes of waste is collected from South Cambridgeshire homes after the festive break and Council recycling staff have been visiting schools to remind children and their families to avoid waste going to landfill this Christmas.

South Cambridgeshire District Council Recycling Officer Julian Ayres plays the role of Bill the bin man and told children at Orchard Park Primary School how food waste – which more than doubles at Christmas time – could be reused or recycled for compost using the green bin.

Thousands of extra glass bottles and reams of Christmas wrapping paper and cards are also produced at Christmas time, all of which can be recycled rather than ending up in the black bin.

A recycling relay game was also used during the assembly talk to help children find out about how nearly all waste can be recycled.

The Council was joined by members of the team from AmeyCespa, the waste management company which processes all the recycling and waste collected in the district.

Cllr Mick Martin, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for environmental health, said: “The amount of waste collected at Christmas increases considerably and we really want to make sure that everyone does all they can to maximise the amount that is recycled. Putting on engaging and interesting shows at schools is a great way to educate young people and we tend to find they go away energised to help their families do more than ever before to go green.”

Tips on how to reuse food waste to create delicious meals can be found by visiting www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.