Rain

Rain

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 7°C

Search

Ipswich: Bid to bring in weekly food waste collections in Ipswich is rejected by government

PUBLISHED: 17:48 22 November 2012

A FUNDING bid by the borough council to introduce weekly food collections in the town has been rejected by the government.

The scheme would have allowed the council to meet the capital costs of the new bins and vehicles needed to set up the service.

It would have also reduced landfill tax levied on council tax payers by taking food waste out of black bins and the food would have produced compost and useable gas – reducing the town’s impact on the environment.

The proposal was supported by Suffolk County Council but government funding was required to meet the capital costs.

Councillor Sandy Martin, Portfolio Holder for a Greener Ipswich said: “Council tax payers contribute enormous sums to the government in Landfill Tax payments and that tax was always intended to encourage councils to reduce waste and recycle more.

“We submitted a fully-costed plan to do just that, but unfortunately the government have not supported our bid.

“I am deeply disappointed with the decision and the fact that the Government will be investing on such matters in other parts of the country but not here.

“The Council cannot afford to fund the set up costs ourselves within our very tight budgetary constraints.”

3 comments

  • Good. It's a thoroughly stupid idea.

    Report this comment

    Fair Play

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • That's good - we all eat too much anyway so what better way to encourage people to buy less, then they wont have so much to bin. You'll have to come up with better public sympathy courting angles, Labour, if you want to pull the wool over my eyes. Now get on with some real work.

    Report this comment

    Sarky Sage

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Time to get Ben Gummer on the case.

    Report this comment

    Erm, Why?

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

MPs from Suffolk and Essex were caught up in the drama around Westminster – with several caught in the lockdown at the House of Commons as they voted in the Chamber.

MPs including Colchester’s Will Quince were “told to run” after a major security alert in central London.

At least four people have died after a knife wielding man drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London before stabbing a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament in an apparent terrorist attack.

Eyewitnesses have described the terror and destruction caused by a major terrorist incident in London today.

Like the famous green benches of the House of Commons, the police are part of the fabric of Westminster.

Upper Brook Street is one of the oldest streets in Ipswich and over the centuries it has been home to several public houses and inns, writes David Kindred.

Are you stuck for what to do to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend?

Suffolk’s senior police officers are to review their presence at “key locations” following the terrorist incident at Westminster this afternoon.

A burglar who was part of a gang that vandalised an Ipswich town centre cafe has been given a suspended prison sentence.

East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star group political editor Annabelle Dickson reports on today’s terrorist incident at the Palace of Westminster from the scene.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24