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Bins & Waste

Below is a list of initiatives and projects that help people to reduce the waste they produce, by providing alternatives to products, services or waste streams.

Interested in getting involved with Zero Waste Initiatives then join our Waste Buster's Group.

Alpino Garden Farm

Market garden and refill space.

Location: 67 Station Road, Catworth, PE28 0PE

Opening time:  Monday, Wednesday: 9am - 3pm | Friday: 9am - 6pm

Saturday: 10am - 1pm | Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday: Closed

Visit their Facebook page


Clare's Refill Station

A local refill station supplying affordable, sustainable cleaning products with no plastic waste. All products are vegan, biodegradable, cruelty-free and manufactured by an independent family firm in the UK.

Location: Northstowe Green, Cambridge

Opening time: Sunday – Friday: Closed | Saturday: 10am - 2pm

Visit their Facebook page


Explore Zero Waste

Refill station for household and personal cleaning products. All products are eco-friendly, free of harsh chemicals, cruelty free, palm oil free and sustainable.

Location: 1 East St, St Ives, PE27 5PB

Opening time: Friday: 9:30am - 2:30pm / Saturday: 9am - 2pm / Sunday and Monday: 10am - 3pm

Visit their website


Full Circle

Full Circle is a retail outlet based in Cambridge that aims to help people embrace low impact living by offering ethically sourced, environmentally friendly products.

Location: 9 Norfolk Street shop, Cambridge, CB1 2LD

Telephone: 01223 353158

Visit their website


Happy Earth Refills

Selling a range of eco-friendly, vegan, biodegradable, cruelty-free, plant based, affordable, UK produced refill products, as well as homemade local plastic free products too. Refill containers are sent back to the supplier to reuse, making it even more sustainable.

Location: Pebble&Pier, Overcote Lane, Needingworth, PE27 4TW

Opening time: Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm / Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Visit their Facebook page


The Little Fenland Eco Shop

Based in The Ramsey Initiative Indoor Market, their aim is to stock a range of eco friendly products to give people the choice to buy biodegradable, plastic free or reusable alternatives locally.

Location: 28A Great Whyte, Ramsey, PE26 1HA

Opening time: Monday - Saturday: 9am - 4 pm

Visit their Facebook page


The Riverport Refill Co.

Refill station providing cleaning products, laundry liquids, hair care and personal care products, without single-use packaging. All our eco-friendly refills are made in the UK, vegan-friendly, and cruelty free. Also stocking a range of vegan-friendly and gluten-free breakfast cereals.

Location: The Courtyard, Station Road, St Ives, PE27 5BH

Opening time: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm / Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Visit their Instagram page


The Refill Shop

The Refill Shop sells zero-waste, plastic-free, whole food, ingredients and domestic products and raw artisan chocolate.

Location: 40 St Mary's Street, St Neots, PE19 2TA

Opening time: Tuesday - Saturday 9:15am - 5pm

Visit their Facebook page


The Refill Shop of Ikigai

We want to help reduce waste, both plastic and food, and make it easy for you to do it too, by not selling items in plastic or packaging that leaves a lasting mark on the planet.

Location: White Hart Lane, St Ives

Opening time: Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 3pm

Sunday - Wednesday: Closed

Visit their website


Weigh Too Good

A shop where you can find eco-friendly and socially conscious gifts and yummies that are great for you, others and the world. That's Weigh Too Good!

Location: Cambs Lock, 1 Saint Mary's Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3PE

Opening Time: Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm / Saturday: 9am - 5pm / Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Visit their Facebook

Refill / eco shops are an alternative to supermarkets, offering consumers a way to buy products package free by taking their own containers to be refilled again and again. Find your nearest refill shop.

Millfield Community Fridge

Our fridge helps to reduce food waste and food poverty. Anybody can put food in anyone can take food out. Bringing the community together. It has developed into an amazing community hub.

Location: Open Door Baptist Church Hall, Searjeant Street, Millfield, Peterborough

Opening time: Wednesday: 10am - 12pm / Thursday: 10am - 12pm / Friday: 9:30am - 11:30 am and 1pm - 3pm



Paston Farm Community Foundation

A community centre housing a community fridge.

Location: Paston Farm Community Centre, Freston, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE4 7XB



Yaxley Community Fridge

A community project set up by the parish council for the benefit of the parishioners. Free to use no matter what your social status is. If you wish you can leave something in the food bank in return, such as biscuits or tins.

Location: Austin Hall at the Amenity Centre on Main Street, Yaxley

Opening time: Weekdays: 9am - 4pm / Saturdays: 9am - 1pm



Cambridge Community Fridge

This community fridge enables businesses and individuals to waste less through the sharing of good quality food that's within its use-by date. You can drop off good but unwanted food, and help yourself to what's on the shelf. Please read the instructions and disclaimer prior to use.

Location: The EDGE Cafe, 351 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3DF

Opening time: Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm / Saturday: 9am - 4pm


Oxmoor Community Fridge

A free to use service for the community, running from Thongsley Fields Primary School to redistribute excess food from local supermarkets, shops and farms.

Location: Thongsley Fields Primary School, Buttsgrove Way, Huntingdon, PE29 1PE

Opening time: Tuesday: 2pm - 4pm


A community fridge is a refrigerator located in a public space, enabling anyone to put food in and anyone to take food out. The main aim of community fridges is to reduce food waste. They also enable people facing hardship to have easy access to fresh, nutritious food.

Like to make a day out of it? Try a car boot sale! View upcoming car boot sales.

Parent and Carer Hub CIC

Location: St Ives



Online Options:

Vinted - Clothes and small items (such as games, books, and dog toys)

Vinted is an online marketplace for buying, selling and exchanging new or second-hand items, mainly clothing and accessories.


Depop - Clothes

Depop is the home of circular fashion that's kinder to people and kinder to the planet. Whether it's vintage, reworked or custom, shop secondhand fashion at all price points. Designer. Discover Unique Fashion. Get Creative. Make Money. Start Selling. Sell On Depop.


Facebook Market - Almost anything!

Buy or sell new and used items easily on Facebook Marketplace, locally or from businesses. Find great deals on new items delivered from shops to your door.


Ebay - Almost anything!

Buy and sell electronics, cars, clothes, collectibles and more on eBay, the world's online marketplace. Top brands, low prices and free shipping on many items.


Ziffit - Books, CDs, DVDs and games

Ziffit is the easy way to sell your books, DVDs, CDs, and games online. Enter barcodes or scan using the free Ziffit app. Declutter and earn cash today.

Buy and sell second-hand items in person or online!

St Ives

Location: St Ives Methodist Church Hall, 4 The Waits, St Ives, PE27 5BY

Next repair cafe: Saturday 17 June | 1pm - 4pm



Location: Coneygear Centre, Huntingdon, PE29 1PE

Next repair cafe: Friday 25 August | 1pm - 4pm

Repair cafes are free meeting places and they're all about repairing things (together). You can repair clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys. You'll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.


Annual event during the Green Festival.

Titch's Pit-Stop

Location: Owen Pooley Hall, Yaxley, PE7 3LU

Opening time: Last Saturday of the month: 10am to 12pm

Come along and take up to 5 items for free.

Any queries, please contact: / 07751 201245


Swishing is a clothes swapping event. They are a place to take along unwanted clothing and to take away someone else's donations, all for free.

We have teamed up with the following suppliers to offer 10-25% discounts:

Apply for a Discount Code

There is also the secondhand route, as reusable nappies keep their value well. Buying secondhand reduces your impact even further as you are not requiring new resources to produce the new nappies. They are usually also much cheaper than buying new. A few reselling Facebook sites are:

For more help and support visit the Reusable Nappy Initiative page.

Cambs Reusable Nappies, Huntingdon Nappy Library and Ramsey Nappy Library offer further support and advice. There is also a Nappy Library Chat for St Neots residents.

Bells Bumz also offer an incentive for reusable nappies, which is applied for through their website.

 We have teamed up with the reusable nappies suppliers to offer 10-25% discounts.

Reusable period products come in various forms (cups, pads, tampons, applicators and pants) and so there is something to suit all. If you have any queries regarding reusable period products, please get in touch -

We have teamed up with the following suppliers to offer 10-25% discounts. To apply for this discount, you will need to complete the application form and read our terms and conditions.

Apply for a Discount Code

Period Products and Wipes:


Period Products, Incontinence Products and Wipes:

Some of these suppliers also offer discounts on reusable nappies, which is their main selling points and explains their company names.

Bells Bumz also offer an incentive for reusable period products, which is applied for through their website.

Reusable personal care items can greatly help with reducing costs and waste, and so are a much more environmentally and economically sustainable alternative to disposables. The average big brand period pad is made up of 90% plastic, and the average menstruating person will spend nearly £5,000 on period products across their lifetime.

Eco Friendly Party

Address: CB1 7TY

Telephone: 07578560505




Eco Party Pack – Cambridge

Address: SG8 0BB



Eco Party Pack St Ives

Address: PE27 3TG




Eco Party Pack St Neots




Friends of Burwell Village College Primary

Address: CB25 0DU




South Cambridge Eco Party Hire

Address: CB22 3JU



Reusable partyware can include plates, bowls and cups, and often cutlery, decorations, table linen and much more. By hiring a kit instead of buying disposable partyware these kits can reduce both the carbon footprint of your party and the waste going to landfill or incineration. Worried about all that washing up? Many kits include washing up in the price of the hire or offer it as an optional extra. ​ But what about all that plastic? Yes, many of the kits use plastic however they don't contain any single-use plastic. Plates and partyware can be used again and again.

Cambridge Jumbo Toy Library

Location: Brown's Field Community Centre, 31A Green End Rd, Cambridge, CB4 1RU

Opening time: Once a month - first Wednesday of the month at 2pm - 4pm




Cottenham Toy Library

Location: Cottenham Community Centre, 184, High Street, CB24 8XT

Opening time: bi-weekly on Fridays during term, from 11.15am - 12.15pm


Brampton Toy Library

Location: Lady Olivia Centre, Brampton Park

Opening Time: Mondays 11:30am - 1:30pm (or arrange meeting)


A range of toys available for borrowing either for a small fee or for free. From small puzzles and baby toys to large ride-on, sit-in toys, dependent on Library. Take children along for a play, and meet other local mums and dads.