readers of The Riverporter will know we like to promote the habit of recycling with our regular articles particularly from our Environmental Correspondent Heidi N. D’Tries , who is currently taking her winter rest. We are delighted therefore to report the following from Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC).

As part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership (RECAP), HDC has been working with local firm, Charpak Ltd, who re-manufacture new products from recycled plastic, reducing the amount of plastic going to landfill. This visionary initiative has been 18 months in the making, and brings together a number of partners which includes Cambridgeshire local authorities, Amey (who sort the recycling) and Jayplas (who super-clean and re-process the plastic) ready to be reused.

How we can improve our recycling . . .

Huntingdonshire residents are already great recyclers diverting over 55% of waste from landfill and this initiative will allow more plastics to be recycled, so the next step is to improve the quality of materials that are collected for recycling. Residents can do this by ensuring no food is left in any plastic container, simply give the containers a wash, and place your recyclables into your bin loose.
As for plastic bottles, give them a rinse, then squash and replace the lid before placing into the blue bin for recycling.