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More brown bins needed in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 18:50 30 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:38 03 March 2010

IPSWICH residents without a brown bin are turning green with envy as just a stone's throw away the service is in full swing.

While some householders have facilities for recycling garden and kitchen waste on their doorstep – others go without.

IPSWICH residents without a brown bin are turning green with envy as just a stone's throw away the service is in full swing.

While some householders have facilities for recycling garden and kitchen waste on their doorstep – others go without.

Instead they have to make do with a journey down to the nearest recycling centre.

It means people who don't have transport find it difficult to take part in preserving the environment.

Borough councillor Inga Lockington, who represents St Margaret's Ward, said: "A couple of years ago the borough council started giving brown bins to some areas.

"Those who have this service have the extra advantage. But people who don't have it keep saying to me what about our brown bins?

"In Valley Road only half the residents have got one. We need to be sure that everyone who wants a brown bin can have one.

"There is no fixed plan. The borough council seem to be dragging their heels about it.

"When they started the pilot they must know if it is a success – how they would wheel it all out for the rest of Ipswich? How would they find the money to do this?"

Whole areas of Ipswich were not covered by the scheme.

Elderly resident Barbara Warrington, of Park Road, is still waiting for an answer from the council when she will get a brown bin.

"It seems strange in Valley Road where you have large houses with big gardens that we have missed out.

"I am 75-year-old and weigh seven stone and I just can't lug stuff to the dump. I was told the brown bins had run out and that there would be another supply in the spring – which is now.

"In the autumn the gardens collect leaves like nobody's business."

"You ask lots of questions and there doesn't seem to be an answer," said Mrs Lockington.

A borough council spokesman said there were nearly 1,900 householders in the borough with brown bins.

The council is going to extend this service to nearly all the rest of the town starting with some more bins later in the year.

"We are very pleased with the way the public have responded to our call to join us in recycling more waste because this is important for the council, to Ipswich and to the world."


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