The first resident to receive a second blue bin says recycling is “very important”, urging others to help cut down on waste going to landfill.
Tracey Arnold, of Littleport, was “thrilled” to receive her second blue bin, as well as a voucher from East Cambridgeshire District Council to say thank you for her dedication to recycling.
Last week residents who had ordered a second blue bin began receiving them as ECDC’s trading company, East Cambs Street Scene, prepared to start delivering waste and street cleaning services, rather than hiring out a contractor.
People have been able to order blue bins since February for a one-off payment of £25. The council’s aiming for a recycling target of 60%.
Tracey was first made aware of ECDC’s “dedication to improving its recycling rates” during the launch of their campaign, ‘Be like Michael, recycle”, at Littleport Community Primary School.
Michael Recycle is the council’s recycling mascot, designed by Brooke Smith, a student at the school.
Tracey said: “When I heard that I was going to be one of the first people in the district to receive a second blue bin I was thrilled! Recycling is so important to me and the second blue bin is going to make my life so much easier.
“I would encourage anyone to consider getting a second blue bin and help our community’s overall recycling rate”.
While the bins are being delivered, they will not be collected until after Tuesday, April 3, when East Cambs Street Scene start their collection rounds.
Councillor Julia Huffer said: “Residents have been telling us for a long time that they want an extra blue bin and I am very pleased to see this come to fruition. This is an exciting time for the council with the introduction of the new trading company, we are able to offer a reliable and flexible service for the district.
To order your second blue bin, visit https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/content/additional-blue-bin