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Residents invited to nominate locations for community clean-up days across the city

News release from 14/05/2019

CAMBRIDGE City Council is organising a citywide programme of Community Clean-Up Days starting from September. Community Clean-Up days are local events which bring together residents, volunteers and community groups to work with the council to improve their local environment.

The events will be held in different wards across the city and give people the chance to recycle and dispose of unwanted household items and learn more about how they can do their bit to create a cleaner, greener Cambridge.

Waste such as furniture, garden cuttings, small electrical items, mattresses and white goods can be disposed of.  The council aims to recycle electrical, metal and wood waste that is collected. In addition, the events will include a ‘take it or leave it’ stall, where people can recycle or exchange unwanted items.

People will also have the chance to find out more about what happens to their waste and recycling and pick up advice on reducing waste, as well as learning about how to help improve their local environment and volunteering opportunities. 

As well as giving people an extra way to get rid of household items they no longer need, the clean-up days are a coming together of different organisations and community groups who are active in different wards.

To get involved in the Community Clean-Up Days and nominate a location in your ward or local area, or to register your interest to volunteer or have a community group stall at a clean-up event, please contact the council’s Streets and Open Spaces Community Engagement Team at

All nominations for locations for Community Clean-Up Days must have suitable areas of hard standing where skips can be placed for the duration of a clean-up event. All nominations for events must be received by 31 May.

Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “We want to offer people an alternative way to recycle and dispose of unwanted household items and these events are a great opportunity for local residents to get involved to tidy up their local area.

“I would encourage anyone who thinks that their area would benefit from a Community Clean-Up day to get in contact with our Streets and Open Spaces Community Engagement Team as soon as possible.”