Volunteers get recycling cash

VOLUNTARY groups that promote recycling have been handed more than £150,000 in an effort to continue Suffolk's bid to become the greenest county in the country.

VOLUNTARY groups that promote recycling have been handed more than £150,000 in an effort to continue Suffolk's bid to become the greenest county in the country.

The cash boost is the first round of a three year initiative that will eventually see £600,000 dished out to help not-for-profit organisations increase the amount of waste that is reused.

The scheme is run by Suffolk County Council and on Wednesday ten groups were awarded a total of £175,000 to spend on recycling efforts.

Some of the organisations that were successful in gaining funding included furniture reuse programmes, community composting initiatives, wood recycling projects and real nappy networks.

Eddy Alcock, portfolio holder for environment and waste management at Suffolk County Council, said: “It's important because all these causes help take waste away from landfill.

“The problem is the more successful we become at recycling the more difficult it becomes to be successful - recycle rates of 20 to 30 per cent were relatively easy to achieve but now they have reached 40/50pc it is harder to make an improvement.

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“Therefore whatever we can do to encourage people go that extra mile through new initiatives or schemes is a real bonus. Finding ways to push people that little bit extra is extremely important.”