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Families urged to step up recycling

PUBLISHED: 20:30 01 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

FAMILIES in Kesgrave are being asked to get the green box habit and step up their recycling efforts.

Nearly 1,000 homes on the Grange Farm development will soon be receiving green recycling boxes as the latest part of a Suffolk Coastal council campaign to encourage them to slim their bins.

FAMILIES in Kesgrave are being asked to get the green box habit and step up their recycling efforts.

Nearly 1,000 homes on the Grange Farm development will soon be receiving green recycling boxes as the latest part of a Suffolk Coastal council campaign to encourage them to slim their bins.

The homes already have a monthly kerbside collection scheme for papers, cans and textiles, but only about one in ten homes are currently taking part and it is hoped that the green boxes will persuade more to get into the recycling habit.

Since July, 750 Grange Farm homes have had the chance to recycle garden waste and uncooked kitchen scraps like fruit and vegetable peelings, as part of the Coastal Ploughback Green Waste Recycling Scheme.

The initial response to the Coastal Ploughback scheme was impressive with more than 70 per cent of homes taking part in the fortnightly collection, with over 100 tonnes of material collected for composting from Kesgrave since July.

"We hope that providing a green recycling box to store their papers, cans, and textiles will remind people to sort through even more of their rubbish, and so cut down on the huge amounts of rubbish ending up in black sacks that could easily be recycled," said councillor Chris Slemmings, the council's environment spokesman.

"Residents in the trial area have also been provided with information about other local recycling facilities for a wide range of other materials including glass bottles, cardboard and plastic bottles.

"I hope as many people as possible will play their part with Suffolk Coastal in reaching our targets by recycling more and throwing away less."

Coastal Ploughback has been collecting green waste from around 4,000 homes in parts of Kesgrave, Rushmere and Leiston since July.

The latest available figures show that nearly 18 per cent of all domestic waste is recycled in the district – twice the national average – but the Government wants that figure doubled over the next few years.

Three-quarters of homes in the district are served by a monthly kerbside collection of newspapers, magazines, junk mail, cans and textiles.

Residents can find out more about recycling initiatives across the district by contacting the waste management section on 01394 444306.

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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