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What happens to your waste and recycling

Whether you're learning about Fenland recycling for the first time or need help showing someone else how to recycle, please feel free to share these free resources.

For more help about recycling specific items visit the Getting It Sorted website. 

Looking for more useful information and tips? Check out our Cambridgeshire Recycling Workshop on YouTube!

What happens to your recycling

The recyclable waste in your blue bin is taken to a transfer station in March. It is then moved to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) which is run by our contractors Amey in Waterbeach. The material is sorted by type - by hand, and then machine. It is then sold to re-processors for manufacturing into recycled goods like newspapers, plastic bottles and glass products. View the process in action

Schools and community groups

We have developed a variety of activities for teachers to use to engage pupils about recycling. These are tailored to a range of ages, starting from Reception up to Key Stage 4. View teacher recycling resources.

Our Getting It Sorted volunteers also offer free talks to schools and community groups. They can also loan games and workshop props to help teach about recycling. For more information please email

The Amey LG site in Waterbeach offer free visits to their education centre. Visitors can see their recycling machines in action and take part in fun interactive sessions. Full site tours are also available.

Free recycling resources

Our Getting It Sorted volunteers have made recycling activities for all age groups. There's also answer sheets so you can check your work at the end.

Feel free to use our videos as part of your classes:

You may also be interested in our  Tales of Snackland Activity Sheets (PDF) [1MB] . This is designed for groups or families to go on an up-cycling adventure with items that cannot be recycled in your blue bin.

We also have available a series of fun guides to make a range of upcycled Christmas Decorations (PDF) [4MB] ! From a fairy nice tree topper to peggy snowmen, these exciting activities will be sure to keep the kids busy over Christmas. Don't forget to share your creations with us on social media by tagging @GettingItSortedVolunteers on Facebook or @GIS_volunteers on Twitter!


Garden waste is composted within the eastern region to produce a soil improver given to farmers and available at Cambridgeshire County Council Household Recycling Centres.

For more information about composting, visit the Recycle Now website. 

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