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Ipswich: New bin collection routes set to begin on April 1 as binmen switch to four-day working week

12:03 26 February 2014

New refuse collection routes start on April 1

New refuse collection routes start on April 1

Full details of the great dustbin shake-up in Ipswich have been published – five weeks before the changes are implemented.


From April 1 bin collections will take place four days a week, instead of five, and completely new collection routes have been drawn up.

The town has been divided into four quarters, and each quarter will be covered on a single day. Homes in north west Ipswich will be collected on Tuesdays, in north east Ipswich on Wednesdays, in south east Ipswich on Thursdays, and in south west Ipswich on Fridays.

Black and blue bins will be collected on alternate weeks with brown bins collected with one of the others.

For full details of collection days on a street-by-street basis, visit the council’s dedicated website www.ipswich.gov.uk/binchanges

Collections will now start at 6am rather than 6.30am and householders are urged to leave their bins out the previous evening, even if they are not collected until later in the day during the first weeks.

The changes are aimed at saving the borough £160,000 a year in the first year and £180,000 a year in future years.

They will mean there is no need to change collection days when there is a bank holiday Monday. Good Friday this year (April 19) will be a normal working day. However there will be changes over Christmas/New Year.

Bin collection staff agreed to the changes at the end of last year after the borough offered a £1,000 one-off payment to all the staff.

Ipswich has almost 60,000 households. Every week the bin lorries travel 1,200 miles collecting bins from these households.

More than three million bins are collected each year, producing around 49,000 tonnes of waste! Over 20,000 tonnes of the waste collected is recycled or composted; that’s just over 40% of total waste collected.



  • For us Monday collection people it should be a help - the number of times I've got caught out by Bank Holidays! The worst has been Christmas where they come on the Saturday before - woe is you if you miss it (and I have!)

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • You What, if your bins are overflowing after just four days you are throwing too much away, just step back and think about it, you are just one person, multiply your waste by 10s of thousands just in our one town and then think of the scale of waste. I can remember visiting East Germany years ago and they were charged for the weight of their bins, they wasted very little and were very conscious of packaging etc, there would be an outcry here no doubt but I can see the reasoning. It is shocking the sheer amount we have and we have 3 bins and a good dump at our disposal not to mention a lot of stuff can be taken to the supermarket to recyling when doing the weekly shop. I know you said yours are shared bins but addressing it with the "sharers" may help.

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    C Smith

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • So some people will get woken up by a 6 am start ...its bad enough with the the trucks trying to negotiate parked cars at 6 30 am revving engines bins being thrown about men talking and shouting a lot of people are still sleeping ..in the summer when you have windows open it can be quite disturbing

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    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Well naturally I haven't got a problem with this as long as my bins are emptied. You have to wonder though who sets the dates for such decisions.You would like to think someone on the council would have the gumption to say something along the lines of "Hey chaps, shall we avoid April Fools Day just in case someone decides to give us a bit of flak about it."

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    Drew Peacock

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Tuesday 1st April, is this a joke? It will be interesting, my shared bins are usually overflowing within 4 days. Theres often unpleasant "wildlife" around as it is. lets see what happens after 14 days plus the extra 3 days past my usual date to start! Budget over hygiene as usual.

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    You What

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • So basically the bins are still being collected once a week as before but the day's have changed. Is that it, so why do people moan about it!!!

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    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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