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Anger over refuse collections

PUBLISHED: 02:40 10 June 2003 | UPDATED: 13:59 03 March 2010

A FURIOUS homeowner today threatened to dump rubbish from his wheelie bin at a council's office.

A new TwinBin scheme being launched by Babergh District Council may lead to rotting food and soiled nappies causing a foul stench in South Suffolk, despite officials' claims to the contrary.

A FURIOUS homeowner today threatened to dump rubbish from his wheelie-bin at a council's office.

A new TwinBin scheme being launched by Babergh District Council may lead to rotting food and soiled nappies causing a foul stench in South Suffolk, despite officials' claims to the contrary.

Homeowners living within the district have received letters informing them they will receive an extra wheelie-bin for bottles, paper and cans that can be recycled. The new bin will be blue.

As a result their regular bins will no longer be emptied weekly, but fortnightly, on alternate weeks to the new bins.

Household rubbish will be given a whole extra week to ferment into a rotting mess.

Jason Hayfield, 35, of Bowland Drive, Ipswich, was worried about the impact the standing rubbish may have on his ten-week-old son, Owen. Every week they fill their existing bin so will find it hard to make it stretch another week. The Felixstowe dock worker threatened to take drastic action if the bin starts to overspill.

He said: "If they won't come and collect it then I will deliver it to them – on their doorstep.

"This is not good enough from the health side of things. If meat carcasses and dirty nappies are left to sit in the heat of the summer sun they will rot and attract flies that could spread all kinds of diseases.

"I am worried for my son as at his age he runs around all over the place. Also the smell will be horrendous."

Residents are currently supplied with pink bin-liners to put recyclable materials in. These are collected fortnightly in addition to the normal refuse weekly collection.

Mr Hayfield believes that the council has introduced the new system to cut the number of collections and save money.

David Botwright, Babergh council's Project Manager said: "The aim of the TwinBin Scheme is to ensure that households reduce the amount of rubbish they place in the residual bin by increasing the amount they recycle.

"In the rare cases when households fill up their residual bin, they can dispose of any excess waste in one of the many Household Waste Centres dotted in and around Babergh, including those at Hadleigh, Sudbury, Chelmondiston, Ipswich and Bramford."

"As part of the advice we are sending out, we have suggested that material which could cause smells be wrapped before being placed in the residual bin.

"Such schemes have been successfully launched in other parts of the country and having consulted with a sample of over 3000 residents, we believe that Babergh will be no different."

For further information call the TwinBin Hotline on 0800 0185989.

N What do you think? Would your family be able to cope with having your bin emptied fortnightly? Are you in favour of encouraging people to recycle more waste? Write in to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or visit the forum at www.eveningstar.co.uk.

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