Bin frustrated

IRRITATED Sarah Fossberg would like to do her bit for the environment – but she's seen red after Ipswich council won't empty her blue bin!Mrs Fossberg's postal address is in Philip Road – which isn't included in the council's blue bin area yet.

IRRITATED Sarah Fossberg would like to do her bit for the environment - but she's seen red after Ipswich council won't empty her blue bin!

Mrs Fossberg's postal address is in Philip Road - which isn't included in the council's blue bin area yet.

However her back garden - where her bins are kept - opens on to Luther Road which is in the latest part of the town to get the recycling bins.

"I contacted the borough and asked if we could have one as our back garden opens on to Luther Road," she said.


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"They agreed, so long as we put out the bin in Luther Road - that's no problem because that's where it's stored."

But the first time the binmen came around they collected all the bins in Luther Road - except Mrs Fossberg's.

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"I contacted the council and they agreed to collect it next time. On that occasion I was up early and watched the binmen come along, see our bin and then leave it again," she said.

"I went out and asked them why they hadn't emptied it and they said they wouldn't collect it because our house was in Philip Road.

"I said we'd been told they would collect it and they just shouted at me."

Mrs Fossberg then contacted the head of recycling at the borough, Matthew Ling.

"He said we shouldn't have been given a bin, but as we had one it would be emptied as usual with the others if we put it in Luther Road," she said.

"But then when the binmen came along this week they just left it again. I don't know why they don't want us to recycle - it's only the normal recyclable stuff in there, we haven't filled it with asbestos!"

A council spokesman said the bin should not have been delivered to Mrs Fossberg, but the council was able to fit it in to their round in Luther Road.

"We are delighted to hear that Mrs Fossberg is so enthusiastic about recycling and are very sorry for the inconvenience caused.

"We shall make sure that in future our staff know that her bin can be collected along with others along Luther Road," he said.

Ipswich council has three colour bins:

Brown bins are for organic garden waste which can be recycled in the composting plant.

Blue bins are for recyclable waste, including most plastic, paper, cans, and cardboard.

Black bins are for general household rubbish that can only go into a landfill site.

Do different bins encourage you to recycle? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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