Recycling centres open to help with seasonal excess

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THIS Christmas and New Year, Cambridgeshire’s nine household recycling centres stand ready to help recycle your festive leftovers.

The local recycling centres, run by Amey Cespa on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council, will accept a wide range of materials for recycling, including Christmas trees and cards, waste electricals like kettles and fairy lights, and even used cooking oil.

The centres will be open with their normal opening times except Christmas Eve afternoon when they will close at 1 pm, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Councillor Mathew Shuter, Cabinet Member for Enterprise at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Everyone likes a little bit of excess in the festive season but more consumption means more waste, but fear not for our recycling centres are here to help. Every year the UK throws out thousands of tonnes of additional waste in the festive season and it is estimated 500 tonnes of Christmas lights are discarded over the Christmas period. In Cambridgeshire, residents can drop them of at their local recycling centre alongside their Christmas trees.

“For those getting set to prepare Christmas lunch, just one litre of waste cooking oil left over from roasts and other traditional fare of the festive season can be recovered to make enough clean, green electricity to make 240 cups of tea. Disposing of cooking oil at the recycling centre residents can additionally benefit by avoiding clogged up pipes. So this year please think twice before you throw away anything in your bin.”

For more details about your local recycling centres and materials accepted go to and follow the links.

Goods that are in working order but have been replaced during the Christmas season, like toys, books or clothes can be donated to charities that will give them a new lease of life and raise money for good causes. See the map of charity shops at to find out the nearest charity shop and textile bank location.