Green revolution on its way

NEARLY 5,000 more homes in the Suffolk Coastal area will this month switch to triple bins.

NEARLY 5,000 more homes in the Suffolk Coastal area will this month switch to triple bins.

The improved recycling service - which will mean an end to black plastic sacks - will enable households to recycle paper, cans, foil, cardboard and plastic containers every fortnight in a new blue-lidded bin.

In addition they can put garden and kitchen waste in their brown bin, and other waste in the grey-lidded bin.

It will be the second phased roll-out of the service this year, which by the end of October will see the total number of homes being served having doubled to 36,000, or roughly two-thirds of the district.

“Across the district, our residents have been recycling a record 45 per cent of their household waste during the last year, and those with the improved service have been hitting 54pc,” said council cabinet member Andrew Nunn.

Latest areas to get the service are Tuddenham St Martin, Eyke, Campsea Ashe, Westerfield, Stratford St Andrew, Little Glemham, Farnham, Swilland, Witnesham, Cratfield, Walpole, Huntingfield, Linstead, Ubbeston, Heveningham, Chediston, Bawdsey, Alderton, Culpho, Great Bealings, and parts of Hollesley, Kelsale, Trimley St Martin, Saxmundham, Leiston and Martlesham

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All those due to get the new service have already been contacted and given the opportunity to attend information roadshows which have proved very successful in the past in ensuring any potential problems are identified and ironed out in advance.

“I cannot stress how important it is that we all make the effort to get into the recycling habit because it will cost us the earth if we do not,” said Mr Nunn.

“The rising costs of landfill taxes and other charges mean that we could be faced with an extra £9 million bill for disposing of the household waste we are collecting, so if we can all recycle more that potential bill will be drastically reduced.

“We are rolling out the improved service as quickly as we can, but financial restraints mean it will be 2010 before every home is reached.

“I can only urge people to make as much use of the services they have as possible, and to remember that all their waste food, cooked or uncooked, can go in their brown wheeled bins.”

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