Residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are showing off
their ’metal’ in a special relay to highlight the importance of
The four day event is part of the Yes You CAN! campaign to
highlight the need to reuse and recycle more metal and will involve
a baton made out of recycled drink cans being passed from St Ives
through Cambridge and to Peterborough between 24 – 28 May.
The initiative is being led by RECAP, the Cambridgeshire and
Peterborough Waste Partnership, who invited volunteers from all
walks of life to join in whether on foot, bike or boat. Among those
who have accepted the challenge are:
- Huntingdonshire Athletic Club who will start the relay cycling
from St Ives Guided Busway Station at 10 am on Thursday 24
- Outspoken Delivery and Scudamore’s Punting Company, who will
pass the baton through Cambridge to Corpus Christi College rowing
team who will take it out of town on the River Cam.
- Waterbeach Community Primary School where pupils will pass the
recycled baton around the school on Friday morning, continuing the
baton’s journey East.
- AmeyCespa, the Cambridgeshire County Council’s main contractor
for waste treatment, who are taking the baton from Waterbeach to
Little Thetford, passing it on to the local cycling club who will
whizz through Ely and on into the Fens.
- The Manea School of Gardening, March Cub Scouts, March and
Peterborough Athletic Clubs who will carry the baton through the
Fens over the weekend.
The recycled baton will arrive at the Peterborough Cathedral
Square on Monday afternoon.
A map of the route, disciplines to be used and passing points of
the recycled baton can be found on the Partnership website at:
Martin Holland from Ely and District Cycling Club – JT Cycles
said: “I am taking part in the relay to show my support for the
campaign but also because I love sport. I am taking care to recycle
at home and I know sometimes we get confused with what can and
can’t be put in. I think this campaign makes it clear – all cans
and tins can be put in our recycling bins and there’s no excuse for
people not to recycle their metals any more.”
Cllr Peter Murphy, chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Waste Partnership said:
“I am really pleased to see the residents and local
organisations taking part in the relay. I hope they will be leading
others by example to recycle all their metal packaging. Currently
we recycle just over 7,000 tonnes of metal in Cambridgeshire every
year, which would be enough to build an Eiffel Tower. However over
half of all metal waste from households in the county is still
being put in black bins and sacks, this limits the recovery and
recycling opportunities they can be used for. Recycling is good for
the environment just as sport is good for people, so we hope that
our message can sink in while providing local communities with an
opportunity to get involved with the fun.”
The Yes You CAN! relay has been organised to encourage more
residents to recycle their metal packaging in household recycling
collections: aerosol cans, food tins, drinks cans, and in
Cambridgeshire also tin foil and metal trays.
A dedicated Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yesyoucanrecycle
has been set up for up-dates from the route, images and videos for
anyone who would like to follow the relay online.