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Our essential Easter information guide including bin collections and pharmacy opening times

By Gemma Gardner

Residents of South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge are being asked to make it a green Easter by recycling as much waste as possible.

Easter is the biggest chocolate-selling period of the year after Christmas, with around 80 million eggs sold in the UK. This generates almost 5,000 tonnes of foil, plastic and card, which can be recycled by residents in their blue bins.

Residents can also put out additional recycling with their blue bins. One transparent sack with recycling (except glass) and one bundle of cardboard tied together, broken down to a size which would fit in the bin if there was space, will be collected.

Trevor Nicoll, head of the Greater Cambridge shared waste service, said: “When you do get around to putting them out, please make sure you recycle as much as possible in your blue bin. Cardboard and plastic food containers should go inside, as should foil – scrunched up into a ball to make sure it stays together and can be sorted effectively in the recycling plant.

“By recycling you’re really making a difference to the environment.”

The usual bin collection days will change due to the bank holidays before and after Easter. The new dates are:

  • Usual collection: Friday, April 19 moves to Tuesday, April 23
  • Usual collection: Monday, April 22 moves to Wednesday, April 24
  • Usual collection: Tuesday, April 23 moves to Thursday, April 25
  • Usual collection: Wednesday, April 24 moves to Friday, April 26
  • Usual collection: Thursday, April 25 move to Saturday, April 27
  • Usual collection: Friday, April 26 moves to Monday, April 29
  • Usual collection: Monday, April 29 moves to Tuesday, April 30
  • Usual collection: Tuesday, April 30 moves to Wednesday, May 1
  • Usual collection: Wednesday, May 1 moves to Thursday, May 2
  • Usual collection: Thursday, May 2 moves to Friday, May 3
  • Usual collection: Friday, May 3 moves to Saturday, May 4
  • Usual collection: Monday, May 6 moves to Tuesday, May 7
  • Usual collection: Tuesday, May 7 moves to Wednesday, May 8
  • Usual collection: Wednesday, May 8 moves to Thursday, May 9
  • Usual collection: Thursday, May 9 moves to Friday, May 10
  • Usual collection: Friday, May 10 moves to Saturday, May 11
  • Usual collection: Monday, May 13 – back to normal collections

Residents planning on a spring clean over the bank holiday weekends are being encouraged to visit one of Cambridgeshire’s household recycling centres, such as those at Milton or Thriplow, to reuse and recycle as much as possible.

These centres are open over the Easter and May bank holidays.

Pharmacy opening times

Good Friday (April 19)

Asda, Coldhams Lane: 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm

Boots, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge: 9am-1pm

Boots, Sawston: 8.30am-1.30pm

Boots, Petty Cury: 8am-6pm

Boots, Cambridge Retail Park, Newmarket Rd: 9am-11.59pm

Boots, Great Shelford: 10am-4pm

Boots, Cherry Hinton: 10am-4pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsbury’s, Brooks Road: 9am-5pm

Tesco Milton, Fulbourn and Bar Hill: noon-4pm

Easter Sunday (April 21)

Boots, Cambridge Retail Park, Newmarket Rd: 10am-11.59pm

Numark Pharmacy, Cherry Hinton Road: 10am-2pm

Easter Monday (April 22)

Asda, Coldhams Lane: 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm

Boots, Petty Cury: - 8am-6pm

Boots, Cambridge Retail Park, Newmarket Rd: 9am-11.59pm

Boots, Grafton Centre: 11am-5pm

Lloyds, Sainsbury’s, Brooks Road Cambridge: 9am-5pm

Tesco, Milton, Fulbourn and Bar Hill: Noon-4pm


NHS 111 can help you if you need medical help or advice urgently, but it is not a life-threatening situation. Open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Mental health

The First Response Service gives those in mental health crisis access to help by calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2. This allows patients or carers to speak to specially-trained mental health staff.


Contact your usual dentist as some practices offer emergency care. You can also call NHS 111 to locate an urgent dental service.


Good Friday (April 19)

All Tesco stores open as usual

Morrisons, Broad Street, Cambourne: 8am-7pm

Easter Sunday (April 21)

All supermarkets are closed

Easter Monday (April 22)

All Tesco stores: 9am-6pm

Morrisons, Broad Street, Cambourne: 8am-7pm

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