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Cambridge City Council

Give the planet a break this Bank Holiday

News release from 21 August 2020

Residents of South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge are being reminded that bin collections will be one day later than usual, following the Summer Bank Holiday. 

The collection scheduled for Friday 4 September will take place on Saturday 5 September.  

The schedule returns to normal on Monday 7 September.

Revised bin collection dates
Usual collection day Revised collection day
Monday 31 August Tuesday 1 September
Tuesday 1 September Wednesday 2 September
Wednesday 2 September Thursday 3 September
Thursday 3 September Friday 4 September
Friday 4 September Saturday 5 September
Monday 7 September Collections return to normal

Cllr Rosy Moore, Cambridge City Council’s Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said: “We need to do what we can to reduce food waste as it creates greenhouse gas emissions of the equivalent of 300,000 tonnes of CO2 in the Greater Cambridge area alone. During the pandemic, alongside Cambridge Sustainable Food we have set up eight food hubs across the city, supporting residents who are struggling whilst also preventing good food from going to waste. 

"Businesses with excess food can contact Cambridge Sustainable Food to organise donations and we as individuals can also play our part by only buying and then cooking what we need. Of course, we don't always get this right, but a surprising range of food can be frozen to use at a later date, including meat up to its use-by-date, cooked meat and bread." 

Household bin collections across South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City are carried out by the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, a partnership between South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Councils. 

“Going away over the Bank Holiday?” asks Cllr Brian Milnes, South Cambridgeshire District Council's Lead Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Licensing  

“We could all check out our fridges before we go so we don’t have to throw away food when we return. If we can’t use it, we could freeze it, right up to the use-by date. Or if we’re going self-catering, we could put it on ice and take it with us.” 

“We’d love to reduce the 100,000 tonnes of good food that we throw away each year in Greater Cambridge – let’s start now!” 

More information about bin collections and waste and recycling services can be found at for South Cambridgeshire residents or for those living in Cambridge.  

For Milton and Thriplow Household Recycling Centre details, visit