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Recycling On Hitchin Market

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Markets have traditionally been green, serving goods in compostable brown paper bags and encouraging traditional shopping bags.

Hitchin Market is special. It’s almost 10 years since we installed a cardboard compactor, so that traders’ cardboard boxes are compressed, and a single collection can take away over two tons of cardboard for recycling.

Since 2011 we have shared the facility with Hitchin BID and many town centre retailers: at no cost to them.

Over the years we have sent over a thousand tons of cardboard for recycling.

Recently, The Tea Hut has served all its take-away tea and coffee in compostable cups.

Of course, the market on a Friday includes a large array of antique and collectable traders who by definition are recycling products.

Now, the market is offering the public used wood and plastic trays for reuse: they can be invaluable for greenhouses and horticulture, apple storage, DIY, whatever.

Just go towards the Biggin Lane car park and take what you want - no charge - they are clearly signed.

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