New campaign against rubbish

GET the recycling bug! That was the noisy message to Christmas shoppers in Ipswich as local authorities from throughout Suffolk got together in an attempt to make everyone greener.

GET the recycling bug!

That was the noisy message to Christmas shoppers in Ipswich as local authorities from throughout Suffolk got together in an attempt to make everyone greener.

Teams of recycling officers were on hand to tell everyone how to be more friendly to the environment – promoting initiatives from using strong, reuseable, plastic shopping backs to sorting your rubbish before throwing it out.

And in Ipswich recycling was given a new boost as environment spokeswoman Inga Lockington confirmed that every home in the borough would have recycling bins by the end of spring next year.

"There will be smaller bins for people in smaller properties but all homes should get recycling bins within a few months," she said.

The recycling action day was aimed at getting the message across to shoppers from across the region – not just Ipswich.

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It was launched with a contemporary dance performance and an introduction from Anglia TV's Clare Weller before recycling workers started explaining what was happening to shoppers.

As well as showing off different types of bins and garden composters that are now available, there was also information on what happens to recyclable rubbish after it is put into the blue bin.

Recycling officer Sue Gibbs said it was very important to get the message across: "Recycling certainly helps the environment, but it is also good for councils because it means they don't have to pay landfill tax," she said.

Do you think we recycle enough – or are you fed up with too many bins? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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