No bugs in Suffolk's bins

MAGGOTS are the only bugs you will find in wheelie bins in east Suffolk, it was confirmed today.Some councils across the country have had microchips installed in bins to record how much rubbish each household produces.

MAGGOTS are the only bugs you will find in wheelie bins in east Suffolk, it was confirmed today.

Some councils across the country have had microchips installed in bins to record how much rubbish each household produces.

And it is possible that in the future homes could be charged extra according to how much non-recycleable material they throw away.

Some bins issued in St Edmundsbury Council have been fitted with the microchips, although they have not been activated.

However councils on the other side of the county have not installed spies in the bins - and have no plans to check on how much is thrown away at present.

A spokeswoman for Ipswich Council said: “The only bugs you'll find in our bins is the kind of bugs no one wants to find! None of our bins have microchips.”

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There was a similar story from Babergh, Suffolk Coastal, and Mid Suffolk councils.

Meanwhile Ipswich council environment spokeswoman Inga Lockington confirmed that some of the blue bin waste collected from the town ended up in China where it was reused or recycled.

She said: “Some of it does go there to be used again or dealt with in another way - but that is not inefficient.

“It is sent to China in containers which would have to be sent there anyway. It's not as if special trips are made to take the waste - the containers and ships have to go there to bring back more manufactured goods and the fact is that this country doesn't make enough goods for export,” she said.