A prominent building and tourist attraction in East Cambridgeshire will shine green in a joint effort of support for the nation’s Recycle Week.
For the first time, East Cambs Street Scene (ECSS), the trading company owned by the district council and responsible for providing recycling and waste services across the district, and Ely Cathedral have joined forces to celebrate WRAP’s Recycle Week campaign by lighting up the lantern of Ely Cathedral green for residents and visitors to see during the evenings of 21st and 27th September.
Ely Cathedral will join other well-known landmarks such as the London Eye and Blackpool Tower to mark the occasion.
Councillor David Ambrose Smith, chairman of the Operational Services Committee, said:
“By partnering together, East Cambs Street Scene and Ely Cathedral have joined other landmarks across the nation to literally shine a light on such an important subject.
“It is the first instance this has happened and it’s timing couldn’t have been more perfect. This is a something light-hearted for all to enjoy.
“We hope that residents will look out for it and share it with friends and family alongside the message that we can all do our part to recycle.”
Rev'd Dr Jenny Gage, Minister for Social Justice at Ely Cathedral, said:
“Ely Cathedral is committed to safeguard the integrity of creation and renew the life on earth.
“We believe that working in collaboration will help us achieve this as well as raise awareness.
“The local council, the Cathedral and other influential organisations and businesses must come together to help sustain the earth.
“By using the world’s resources as if they are infinite, we are dishonouring God and his creation.
“We held an Environment Vigil to mark the start of Recycling Week and, through our commitment to recycle, reuse and reduce, we also demonstrate how our prayers and concerns are transformed into worthwhile actions.”
This year’s Recycle Week theme, ‘Thanking the nation: Together – We Recycle’, also looks to thank recycling and waste key workers who have carried on during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as acknowledge residents for their support and continued recycling efforts.
Councillor Julia Huffer, Waste Champion for East Cambridgeshire District Council, said:
“I am very proud of the resilience of our street scene team. Although they rightfully so made changes to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, the waste service to residents was not affected.
“I am also very thankful to our residents, who have not only shown their appreciation to ECSS operatives, but also continued to recycle throughout the pandemic.
“As a council we have a strong ambition to become a cleaner, greener East Cambridgeshire and it’s the efforts of all over the past few months which fills me with hope that together we can achieve this.”