A new service, designed to make recycling even easier, will go live next week with Suffolk residents being given the chance to recycle even more at home.
The new enhanced household recycling service means that residents can now put their food and drink cartons, aerosol cans, books and metal pots, pans and trays into their recycling bin.
From November 3 these new materials will be collected alongside the usual items; paper, card, cans, foil and plastic bottles, tubs and trays. Residents can even recycle textiles in their recycling bin as long as they are in the special bags provided by the council.
Cllr Andrew Nunn, chairman of the Suffolk Waste Partnership said: “I am delighted to be able to announce our new enhanced recycling service. The people of Suffolk are amongst the top performers in the country with 53% of our waste already being recycled. However, there is still more we can do and this new service will help people recycle even more.”
The Suffolk Waste Partnership estimates that more than 18,000 tonnes of material that could be recycled from home gets thrown away costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Cllr Nunn continued: “It’s also important to remember that recycling can help protect Council services in these times of austerity. When people put recyclable items in their rubbish bin it costs approximately £80 more per tonne for the council to collect and dispose of it, totalling £1.4 million every year. So by recycling residents are not only helping the environment but also helping to make Suffolk taxpayers’ money go further.”
The new 4.5 year contract between the Suffolk Waste Partnership and Viridor has made this enhanced service possible.
Graham Warren, Viridor’s Southern Regional Managing Director, said: “We are very pleased to continue our long association of service within the county of Suffolk. We will continue to work with our partners in the Suffolk Waste Partnership to enhance recycling performance throughout the county.”
Residents are also being asked to make sure their recycling is clean, dry and loose when placed in their recycling bins. This helps to ensure the materials are easily separated when they arrive at the sorting facility.
A leaflet explaining the new service will be delivered to all homes countywide from November 3. In addition, residents can learn more next week by watching the campaign video or by visiting www.suffolkrecycle.today