Recycling boost for seaside resort

HOUSEHOLDS on the Felixstowe peninsula should start receiving their new recycling crates by the end of the year.Every family in the Suffolk Coastal district will have a crate in which to put their recyclable materials, such as glass, paper, tins and plastic, which they will then put out weekly for collection and emptying.

HOUSEHOLDS on the Felixstowe peninsula should start receiving their new recycling crates by the end of the year.

Every family in the Suffolk Coastal district will have a crate in which to put their recyclable materials, such as glass, paper, tins and plastic, which they will then put out weekly for collection and emptying.

Other waste will go into the black refuse sacks and be collected in the usual way.

Council officials hope it will provide a big boost to the amount of rubbish recycled and help meet the government target of 24 per cent of all waste being re-used by 2004.

The council – one of the leaders nationally at recycling – has won a £364,000 government grant to help with its plans.

Director of environmental services Deborah Hawes told the council's cabinet that the government grant had to be spent this year.

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Final clearance was awaited from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the authority's scheme but its bid had been accepted and the government was happy with its plans.

Around £95,000 of the grant would be used to buy and distribute the recycling crates to households in the district and this would begin in December.

A further £134,000 would be spent on a new Duo dustcart to improve collection of paper from around 10,000 households and also collect ordinary rubbish, while £75,000 would pay for 50 more recycling centres and their equipment.

Some £40,000 would pay for a further 2,600 wheeled bins for "green waste", kitchen food and garden rubbish, to allow a pilot scheme to be extended.

In addition, around £20,000 would be spent on promotional leaflets and an educational programme to encourage people to get into the recycling habit.

Suffolk Coastal residents have a good record for recycling as 13.55 per cent of household waste is reused – well on the way to the government's target.

WEBLINKS: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/envhealth/recycleinfo/

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