Author: James Homent

Recycle your Electricals!

Vodafone – Ely

19.High Street..ELY., Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, CB7 4LQ

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Additional Information

In-store recycling is only available for the same types of items that are purchasable in Vodafone stores, e.g:

  • Mobile phones, Tablets;
  • Modems, routers, signal boosters;
  • Accessories such as head phones, powerbanks, chargers and data cables;
  • SIM and memory cards, TV remotes;
  • Connected devices (IoT range) such as pet trackers;
  • Cameras and watches.

Please check store opening hours and possible disruptions before travelling:

Vodafone are now also accepting old smartphone and tablet donations via post. Find out more here:

Items Accepted

Witchford Household Recycling Centre

Witchford Household Recycling Centre, Stirling Way, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, CB6 3FA

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Additional Information

You may only be able to visit this recycling centre if you are a local resident. Check your local authority’s website for details.

Many local authorities also support reuse initiatives, as well as kerbside pickup for bulky (electrical) items, for example, in partnership with local charities.

Take a look at your local authority’s website to find out more.

Items Accepted

Sainsburys Recycling Scheme

Sainsburys have widened their variety of packaging they are willing to recycle! See the list below of what you can take to recycle! You can find these recycling “bins” at the top of the escalator (Ely Sainsburys).

Sainsburys Recycling List

Litter Picking

Would you like to borrow some litter picking equipment to use around Ely? It’s all free to our volunteers. We have regular litter pickers, then some extra long ones for getting hard to reach stuff – 6ft and 4ft, plus Bag Hoops to hold your bin bags, and packs of 10 bin bags & labels so you can leave your filled bags next to any council street bin. It’s all FREE to borrow because YOU, our lovely volunteers, helped us crowd fund it 🙏 Thank you so much!

Please send a message to Hayley Ellis with anything you’d like to use this weekend.

Bags & labels – collect from Collier Close, Lynn Road or Sycamore Lane at any time.

Pickers & Hoops – collect & return from Collier Close, message Hayley Ellis to arrange.


What we do:

  • We adopt areas/streets to look after Ely and villages nearby
  • We do solo litter picks or with support bubbles
  • You can borrow equipment for free and we provide bags and labels “not fly tipping”
  • We plan to have large litter picking events and socials post lockdown


To join the Ely Litter Pickers Facebook page, please click here.

If you would like to donate, please click here.


Why Do People Litter? That’s the 100 million dollar question and the #1 question I get asked when I’m out picking up litter or running a litter picking event. Unfortunately the answer is…there doesn’t seem to be one recurring reason but littering seems to be a common theme throughout the UK. I wanted to share a really good article which was developed in 2019 by Dr Elaine Massung Off the Ground around the reasons why people litter. This Sunday, why not grab a cuppa and have a read.

Ely College Eco Schools

Ely College has now registered as an Eco School. Eco Schools is an organisation set up by Keep Britain Tidy, the charitable organisation is designed for students at schools across the UK so that the next generation know what they can do to protect the planet.

Eco Warriors Logo. Credit: Eco Warriors

Eco Ely Committee member James Homent set up the project with help of the Eco Warriors, a student group at Ely College. The club consists of about 20 students already and is open for more to join. The project has seven steps: Eco Committee, Eco Review, Action Plan, Curriculum Links, Inform & Involve, Monitor & Evaluation and Eco-Code.

So far (January 2020) the club has completed the first step – forming an Eco Committee – and is currently working on the second step. The club members will go round in groups and complete an Environmental Review. Eco Warriors plan to have all 10 criteria assessed by the middle of February.

Every 3 – 4 steps that are completed earn a reward, a Bronze Medal first, then a Silver Medal, then a Green Flag.