In support of the fight against traffic chaos

PUBLISHED: 09:39 10 November 2006 | UPDATED: 12:06 04 May 2010

FOLLOWING last week s Griggs s Town column regarding the levels of recycling in East Cambridgeshire, I would like to explain why the alternative week waste collection has been so successful in Witchford. The residents of the village should be proud of the

FOLLOWING last week's Griggs's Town column regarding the levels of recycling in East Cambridgeshire, I would like to explain why the alternative week waste collection has been so successful in Witchford.

The residents of the village should be proud of the high levels of recycling which make Witchford one of the best in the whole of the UK for managing their waste.

Villagers are effectively going through their waste and putting a bag of garden and food waste out as well as a black box for bottles, cans and papers one week and then the following week putting out a black bin bag of rubbish. There is therefore no evidence to suggest that there has been a significant increase in the black bin bag waste being taken to the Grunty Fen recycling centre. When we look at the year-on-year figures, the increase in black bag waste being handled by the depot is tiny.

There is also no policy to restrict the amount of brown waste sacks which are being issued. Unfortunately, for a two-week period earlier this year, the council had a low supply of these sacks, which meant we had a temporary limit of 10 replacement sacks per household. We have now resolved this issue with our suppliers and promise no matter how many brown waste sacks you put out, you will get the same number back free of charge.

We all need to do our bit to recycle our rubbish and reduce the amount of rubbish which needlessly goes into landfill sites. If any residents do need help to slim their bin, we are more than happy to help people manage their waste more effectively. For example, residents can put food waste in their brown recycling bags which means food does not need to be stored for more than seven days.

JOHN HILL

(Chief executive, East Cambridgeshire District Council

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