As part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership (RECAP), Huntingdonshire District Council has been working with Charpak Ltd, a Huntingdon based plastic packaging manufacturer, to increase the amount of plastics collected and recycled by our householders.
Charpak Ltd has lead the development of the Localised Circular Economy, in conjunction with Huntingdonshire District Council, which reduces the amount of plastic going to landfill. Charpak re-manufactures new products from the plastic which is recycled. This visionary initiative has been 18 months in the making, and brings together a number of partners. These include Cambridgeshire local authorities, Amey (who sort the recycling) and Jayplas (who super-clean and re-process the plastic ready to be reused in new packaging, by Charpak).
This collaboration means that plastics collected from our Huntingdonshire residents are reused in new recycled packaging here in Huntingdon.
Our residents are already great recyclers' diverting over 55% of waste from landfill. We need more plastics recycled and less going to landfill, so the next step is to improve the quality of materials that are collected for recycling. This can be done by ensuring no food is left in any plastic container - simply give the containers a wash, and place your recyclables into your recycling bin loose.
As for plastic bottles, give them a rinse, then squash and put the lid back on, before placing into the blue bin for recycling.
Cllr Marge Beuttell, whose executive responsibilities include Operations, said: "We are pleased to be working with all partners to help bring together this Localised Circular Economy within Huntingdonshire. This is a great example of how the efforts of our residents’ recycling is valuable, and to be able to say what we collect at the kerbside is recycled locally, and reused in Huntingdon is a great achievement."