Helen gives up green crusade

BATTLE of the bins campaigner Helen Butcher today said she would hand back her wheelie bins - and stop recycling.She was disappointed council chiefs had not supported her recycling efforts instead of demanding �90 a year to collect her extra green waste.

BATTLE of the bins campaigner Helen Butcher today said she would hand back her wheelie bins - and stop recycling.

She was disappointed council chiefs had not supported her recycling efforts instead of demanding �90 a year to collect her extra green waste.

“I feel very hurt about all this - and I am going to stop recycling,” said Mrs Butcher, 67, of Trimley St Martin.

“I am sending the council a registered letter telling them how I feel about their view that I should recycle less, and saying they can come and collect my extra bins and take them away.

“It's not worth the aggravation and I am certainly not going to pay �90.

“I think it's very sad and a great shame the council is not doing more to encourage extra recycling instead of penalising people.”

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Mrs Butcher has three extra brown bins which she bought second-hand, but the council is only prepared to empty one of them, even though they still have to come down her street whether they find any bins to empty or not.

Mrs Butcher was told she would have to take her extra garden waste, cardboard and kitchen waste to the household waste site.

Suffolk Coastal says it doesn't have to take away garden waste but is prepared to collect one brown bin per home every fortnight. If people want they can hire extra bins for �30 a year each, or buy a composter.

“It does take extra time to empty additional bins and we also have to pay the additional waste to be composted at Parham,” said a council spokesman.

Do you think the council should charge for extra bins if people are prepared to recycle more? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk