Waste services trying to clear backlog

SUFFOLK: Residents were today hoping for a return to normality after their waste collections were thrown into disarray due to the bad weather.

Ken McErlain

SUFFOLK: Residents were today hoping for a return to normality after their waste collections were thrown into disarray due to the bad weather.

Bin collections are expected to return to normal later this week as the recent spate of snow comes to an end.

Services in several parts of Suffolk were rendered impossible by heavy snow last week.

Local authorities are now urging residents who haven't had their rubbish emptied yet to leave it out for collection.

A spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council said: “The message is 'if in doubt leave it out'.

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“After the heavy snow last week we've been left with a backlog and we'll have to play catch up.

“But we're confident that if the thaw continues we should be back to normal by the end of this week.

“So anyone who hasn't had their bin collected should leave it out and we'll try to empty it as soon as we can.”

A spokesperson for Suffolk Coastal District Council added: “People should now have their bins collected on the scheduled day.

“However, we're not collecting the brown bins for garden waste, as this will probably have frozen.

“Our lorries concentrated on reaching collections on gritted roads, but there were some roads where they couldn't get any grip.

“We're asking people who haven't had their waste collected to leave it out over the next few days.”

In Mid Suffolk, scheduled bin collections will take place as normal, which will include those left over from last week.

Further details can be provided by calling Mid Suffolk District Council on 0845 606 6067.

In Babergh, recycling collections planned for todaywill be postponed to enable the crews to catch up the refuse collections that were abandoned last week.

Recycling collections should start tomorrowwith crews catching up with the Monday and Tuesday collections first. They will also be working on Saturdayto clear any missed bins.

Garden waste round, bin deliveries, bulky collections, trade collections and clinical collections will go ahead as normal.

For more information, call Babergh District Council on 0845 606 6045.

Has your bin service been disrupted? Write to Your Letters, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail: starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

FIVE thousand more households in Suffolk Coastal will be put on to the three-bin system this spring - the last residents in the district to change over.

Residents in parts of Felixstowe, Newbourne, Kesgrave, Playford, Little Bealings, Butley, Snape, Benhall, Charsfield, Chillesford, Debach, Letheringham, Sudbourne, Wantisden, Iken, and areas of Leiston will start using the bins from March 15.

Roadshows this week: January 13, 10am -noon, village hall car park, Mill Road, Newbourne; 1pm-3pm, community centre car park, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave;

January 14, 10am-noon, Sizewell Road car park, Leiston; 1pm-3pm, Servicemen's Club car park, School Lane, Benhall.

January 15, 10am-noon, village hall car park, Playford; 1pm-3pm, Bealings village hall car park, The Street, Little Bealings.