Looking after your environment
We actively work to make sure that we minimise harm to the environment and make a positive impact wherever possible. We also want to inspire residents to ‘think green’ and take care of their neighbourhoods.
All over the UK, there are people fed up with their neighbourhoods being ruined by litter and dumped items. Most people want to live in clean streets and on tidy estates.
Please don’t be someone who drops litter – and make sure your children don’t do this either. Then our staff can concentrate on the other tasks involved in keeping your estates looking neat.
If you feel strongly about littering in your area, you might even want to organise a clean-up. It can be a good way of getting neighbours together. You could volunteer, take part in the national Big Tidy Up, or get ideas from the Keep Britain Tidy organisation.
Bulky household waste collection
We ask you not to dump bulky waste items on your street or estate. It’s unsightly and, if you live on an estate, it may end up costing you more in service charges because we have to pass on the cost of collections.
If you have a large item of household waste that you can’t take to a recycling centre, you can request a collection from your local council.
Huntingdonshire Council’s bulky household waste collection service allows you to book a collection on a weekday. Find out about the current charges for this.
To book your collection, or check what can and can’t be collected:
Check your local authority website if you live outside the Huntingdonshire area.
If you don’t have a driveway to leave your items on, always put a note on your items so that we know they are being collected and when. Then we know you haven’t just dumped them.
In Huntingdonshire, the council provides two home recycling services to your front door.
Go to the council's website to find out about what you can put in which bin.
If you live outside of Huntingdonshire, check your local authority website to see what recycling facilities they provide.
Saving Money, Warming Homes
You can save money on your energy bills and keep your home warm at the same time as helping the environment by reducing your energy use – if you follow some simple energy-saving tips.
Find out more about energy saving, visit our Warm homes, lower bills page as well as looking at training to become an Energy Champion.
Our average consumption of water is rising every year. We are wasting more water, as well as wasting the energy it takes to pipe it to our homes and heat it.
Here are some tips on how to save water:
- Wash vegetables and fruit in a bowl rather than under a running tap. The leftover water can be used for watering house plants.
- Use the minimum amount of water required when you boil water in saucepans and kettles. You will save energy as well as water.
- Try keeping a bottle or jug of water in the fridge instead of running taps until the water runs cold.
- Half-load programmes on dishwashers and washing machines use more than half the water and energy of a full load. So wait until you have a full load before switching the machine on.
- Try not to leave the tap running while you brush your teeth, shave or wash your hands, as this can waste up to five litres of water per minute.
- A five-minute shower uses about a third of the water of a bath.
- Old toilet cisterns can use as much as nine litres of clean water every flush. Reduce this by placing a ‘save-a-flush’ or ‘hippo’ in the cistern.
- Put cotton wool and tissues in a waste bin rather than down the toilet, to reduce the amount of work it takes to keep water circulating.
For further information or to request promotional water saving items see Anglian Water's top ten tips.
We provide landscaping and planting at some of our estates – to make your neighbourhoods attractive and because it is good for the environment to have lots of living plants and trees growing.
Please respect these plants and trees by not picking them, or throwing litter into beds, ensuring your children do also.
Trees need particular respect, as many of our native trees are currently in trouble – diseases and parasites are harming the UK’s ash, chestnut and oak trees, and we have already lost most of our elm trees. This is a blow environmentally because we need trees to keep removing harmful CO2 emissions from the air. So, letting your children damage trees is not just anti-social, it’s also bad news for the environment.
Looking after plants and trees also helps to protect wild animals and insects. We particularly need to provide plants loved by bees, because their numbers are reducing and we need them to pollinate plants and food crops.
If you have a pet of your own, we expect you to be a responsible pet owner. If we give you permission to keep a dog, you must not let it foul on pavements or landscaped areas – rather use the dog bins provided. Dog mess is dangerous to young children – it can cause blindness – and it’s unpleasant for everyone. It is your responsibility to deal with your dog’s mess.