Recycling at a cost in Suffolk Coastal
RECYLING is encouraged everywhere – but if you want to do more than your fair share in Suffolk Coastal, it will come at a price.Many residents with large gardens have told councillors one brown wheelie bin is not enough and have asked if they could have a second one.
RECYLING is encouraged everywhere – but if you want to do more than your fair share in Suffolk Coastal, it will come at a price.
Many residents with large gardens have told councillors one brown wheelie bin is not enough and have asked if they could have a second one.
Suffolk Coastal has now said yes, but it will cost households £29.38 a year.
More than 3,200 tonnes of garden waste have been collected from residents in the district since the Coastal Ploughback scheme was expanded in the spring with virtually every home with a garden offered a brown wheelie bin.
Cabinet member Andrew Nunn said: "Residents across the district have been using Suffolk Coastal's brown wheelie bins to recycle their garden waste every fortnight, but many people have asked if they could have a second one because they are producing too much for one bin and/or their compost bin. "The good news is that Suffolk Coastal Services Ltd, who collect waste on behalf of the council, can now offer residents the chance to have an extra brown bin for only £29.38 a year.
"People across the district have been excellent in getting into the recycling habit, and I hope people will either take the chance to get an extra brown bin, or perhaps get a bargain-priced compost bin to continue this district's drive to cut down the amount of waste going into landfill sites."
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Compost bins are available for as little as £5 thanks to a government-funded initiative backed by the Waste Resource Action Programme and 500 Suffolk Coastal residents bought bins in April and May.
Since the start of April more than 3,200 tonnes of garden waste have been collected in brown wheelie bins, helping to push current recycling rates in the district to more than 30 per cent.
The material is taken by Suffolk Coastal Services to Viridor Waste (Suffolk) Ltd who turn it into soil improver available at the county council's household waste recycling centres at Felixstowe, Foxhall and Leiston.
It can also be obtained directly from Viridor in large quantities for agricultural and horticultural use.