Recycling boost for Felixstowe

AFTER finding somewhere to store their green crates, households in Felixstowe and the Trimleys now have to sort out a place for new brown wheelie bins.

By Richard Cornwell

AFTER finding somewhere to store their green crates, households in Felixstowe and the Trimleys now have to sort out a place for new brown wheelie bins.

Over the next few weeks, more than 9,000 wheelie bins will be delivered to homes so they can take part in Coastal Ploughback, another of the district's recycling schemes.

Every home is now able to recycle paper, and now the council is increasing other options for families in a bid to beat government waste recycling targets.


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The new wheelie bins will allow households to leave their garden and uncooked fruit and vegetable kitchen waste out for collection every fortnight so it can be turned into compost.

"This should be a major boost to our recycling goal of recycling nearly a quarter of all household waste by next year," said Chris Slemmings, cabinet member for the environment.

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"We are able to expand our service thanks to a successful bid for government funding and we hope to reach a further 24,000 homes if more backing is available.

"Around 30 per cent of the rubbish collected in black sacks every week could be composted, and we are committed to making it easier for people to get into the recycling habit."

The council is also encouraging people to set up their own compost heaps – for grass cuttings, weeds, bedding plants, light shrub cuttings, uncooked fruit and vegetable waste, teabags and coffee grounds, dead flowers, leaves and straw – with free advice and special offers on compost bins.

Two years ago, the council launched Coastal Ploughback on a trial basis and it has been such a success that it will from April become a regular service.

The homes that will receive the brown bins and a fortnightly visit are in the Trimleys, Felixstowe, Kesgrave, Leiston and Rushmere.

Well over 6,000 home composters have been sold in the district as a result of Suffolk Coastal's link with Blackwall Ltd who offer them for sale at a greatly reduced price.

Any resident wanting more information about recycling in the district can call Suffolk Coastal on 01394 444306.

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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