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Recycling? Fenland is Getting It Sorted!

A new project to encourage more recycling in Fenland and empower people to make a difference to their community and the environment has been officially launched.

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Fenland District Council has launched the Getting It Sorted Volunteers to improve recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste which ends up in landfill.

Based on the authority's hugely successful Street Pride initiative, which sees hundreds of volunteers help keep Fenland clean, green and tidy, Getting It Sorted hopes to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling with support from local community groups and schools and a band of dedicated recycling champions.

More than 30 people have already signed up to the project, which was officially launched during an assembly at Cromwell Community College in Chatteris last week.

Further school visits are planned, and a district-wide schools competition has also been launched to help promote recycling among young people.

Project leader Amy Robinson, the Council's Environmental Projects Officer, said: "We throw things away every day, but where we put our rubbish and where it ultimately ends up makes a big difference to our environment. Whether it's a plastic bottle, a tin can or a newspaper, by putting the right stuff in the right bin we can all play a part in recycling more."

"In Fenland, residents are recycling around 30 per cent of their waste in their blue bins, but sadly up to £80,000 worth of readily recyclable material is still thrown away in the green bins every year - money that's going straight to landfill rather than back into helping provide local services."

The Council is now appealing for people to join in, through volunteering, pledging to recycle, and helping others to recycle and waste less.

Community Sorted Volunteers can get involved with a number of different community activities including taking part in local recycling events, talking to local groups about recycling and distributing Getting It Sorted flyers and posters. All Fenland community groups can get involved too.

Recycling Volunteers can spread the recycling message to friends and neighbours, helping to improve the quality of recycling along their street. They hand out 'thank you' leaflets to those who are recycling well and offer recycling advice to those needing more support.

No experience is required, just an interest in the environment and helping your local community, and you can give as much or as little time as you like.

All Getting It Sorted Volunteers will get lots of help and support from the Council's Environmental Projects team, including training, regular newsletters, volunteer meetings and socials and lots of recycling information to share.

Anyone who doesn't have the time to volunteer can still get involved by taking a Recycling Pledge. More than 30 people have already pledged to recycle more themselves or help someone else to recycle more.

People who take a recycling pledge will receive an information pack about recycling, and regular hints and tips via email to support their recycling efforts.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "We are pleased with the efforts many residents make to recycle their household waste, but together we can do even more.

"Getting It Sorted Volunteers will build on the success of our Street Pride project, empowering volunteers to make a big difference to both our communities and the local environment, and embracing local schools in this project will help tremendously."

The school competition, called Justin's Recycling Adventure, encourages pupils to complete a recycling storyboard or make up their own. The competition runs until the end of June, with the best entry winning an art set for themselves and a free one-year recycling service for their school, worth £660.

Storyboards are being delivered to schools, but they can also be downloaded at: www.fenland.gov.uk/volunteers

* For more information and to sign up as a volunteer, or take a recycling pledge, visit the Getting It Sorted web page or contact Amy Robinson, the Council's Environmental Projects Officer, on gettingitsorted@fenland.gov.uk or 01354 654321.

Article added: March 5, 2018