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Ipswich is getting greener

PUBLISHED: 04:15 09 April 2004 | UPDATED: 04:46 02 March 2010

ALMOST everyone in Ipswich will soon be able to go greener and help save the planet.

Within a year nearly every household in Ipswich will have the opportunity to receive both a blue and brown bin from Ipswich Borough Council in a bid to boost the town's recycling efforts and meet government targets.

ALMOST everyone in Ipswich will soon be able to go greener and help save the planet.

Within a year nearly every household in Ipswich will have the opportunity to receive both a blue and brown bin from Ipswich Borough Council in a bid to boost the town's recycling efforts and meet government targets.

The major expansion follows last year's successful pilot of blue bins to 5,500 homes.

Blue bins are used for recycling paper, plastic, cardboard and cans. Brown bins are used for recycling garden waste.

Councillor Harold Mangar, the borough's environment spokesman, said: "We know that people are keen to recycle. By ensuring that everyone can have a brown and blue bin we are making recycling easier than ever before, especially for people who do not drive or who cannot easily get to a recycling centre.

"This major expansion of doorstep recycling will mean that 60% of household waste in Ipswich is recycled."

Recycling represents a major investment by the council but it saves money, too.

Mr Mangar said: "The cost of burying waste is increasing every year.

"Every time a lorry goes to the landfill site valuable materials are wasted. "Thankfully, we are sending less and less to landfill each year, preserving our natural resources for future generations and saving thousands of pounds in landfill tax."

Ipswich residents with brown bins have recycled 16,000 tonnes of garden waste in the past three years.

People who will receive brown and blue bins will get a postcard from the council's recycling team before delivery.

Anyone with a small garden can ask the council for a smaller brown bin.

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