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Secretary of State praises East Cambs’ recycling success

The wheeled bin recycling service in East Cambridgeshire has been praised as an example of good work by Eric Pickles – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

In a speech to the Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition at the NEC, he referred to East Cambridgeshire’s achievements after the District Council successfully bid for £5 million from Central Government to fund a new recycling service and retain weekly waste collections.

This has seen the district’s recycling rates sour from the 34 per cent just two years ago to projections of a rate of 54 per cent this year.

The wheeled bin recycling service involves:

*       A blue lidded wheeled bin recycling collection, including paper, glass, food & drinks cans, plastic bottles & hard plastic food containers, cartons and cardboard. This will be collected fortnightly.
*       A green lidded wheeled bin collection for garden and food waste. This will also be collected fortnightly.
*       Refuse in black sacks continues to be collected weekly

Cllr Anna Bailey, Chair of Regulatory and Support Services Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It is really encouraging that the hard work and success of our waste and recycling service has been recognised at a national level. We have seen such a dramatic increase in our recycling levels in such a short time which is down to the easy to use system we have in place and the efforts of our residents who have embraced the new service with such enthusiasm.”

For more information on the waste and recycling service in East Cambridgeshire please visit www.eastcambs.gov.uk/waste/ or call 01353 665555.