About Recap

Who we are

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership (RECAP) works together to continuously improve waste services, increase recycling and reduce waste, finding cost effective and environmentally responsible ways to meet the needs of local communities.

The partnership works together in a number of ways to achieve these goals including:

  • working with local communities and providing information to increase recycling and reduce waste
  • joint procurement of items such as wheeled bins and waste vehicles to reduce purchasing costs
  • managing joint waste contracts
  • working to achieve consistent service delivery across the Partnership area

RECAP formed in 1999 and brings together the following local authorities:

  • Cambridge City Council
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Fenland District Council
  • Huntingdonshire District Council
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Peterborough City Council

Partnership working arrangements

The partnership is made up of a number of working groups, each of which has representation from all of the partnering authorities. Elected Members are responsible for setting priorities and decision making and projects are supported and delivered by Officers with expertise in waste management.

Our Vision

Working ever closer together to deliver the best most cost effective services for the benefit of all local communities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The documents listed below set out our vision for the partnership and highlight key projects which will assist in RECAP achieving our targets of:

  • 50 – 55% of household waste recycled/composted by 2015
  • 55 – 65% of household waste recycled/composted by 2020

Strategy document

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy

from 2008-2022

Size: 2.09 MB File format: pdf

JMWMS Appendices-1-7

Size: 2.74 MB File format: pdf


  • Wear it Love it Share it - working with local charities to get textiles out of landfill
  • Love Food Hate Waste – engaging local communities to reduce food waste
  • As a partnership we have achieved a 54% recycling and composting rate

Over the last decade, the recycling rate in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has almost doubled, from 29% in 2003/04 to 54% in 2014/15. Thank you for making this happen.

Below are the latest figures for how the partnership is performing when it comes to waste and recycling.

Recap Partnership household waste recycling performance figures for 2014/15
(shown as approximate tonnes and percentage of total household waste)
Waste recycledCompostedRecycled and compostedLandfilledTotal amount of household waste


The partnership was awarded Beacon Status 2006/07 and in 2009 was awarded a 'Green Flag' for 'exceptional performance and innovation from which others can learn', following a Government evaluation of services.

The partnership has also received further awards for its individual initiatives, including Green Apple Awards, LARAC and, in 2009, a Government Business Award for partnership trade waste projects.