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It’s not too late to sign up for Garden Waste Collection

Posted by East Suffolk Communications Team on 27 April 2018 | Comments

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The new Garden Waste Collection Scheme in Suffolk Coastal going live at the start of May.

But local people are being reassured it is not too late to sign up for the Garden Waste Scheme.

“We have already had a good response with over 20,000 people, or about 37% of households in Suffolk Coastal, having already signed up to join the scheme and this figure is still growing at the rate of about 500 households signing up a day” said Cllr Carol Poulter, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Green Environment.

“However, I would like to stress this is just the start of the new scheme, it is not the deadline for joining. In fact, you can join at any time of the year and the one-off payment of £43 pays for your garden waste to be collected for an entire calendar year, from the date you sign up. So someone joining in June will get 26 collections through to June next year.”

The first paid-for collections are scheduled to start from the beginning of May, after Suffolk Coastal District Council introduced a £43 a year charge for collecting garden waste.

The new Scheme is optional. However, if you don’t sign up, your garden waste will no longer be collected by the Council.

It’s quick and easy to sign up, either:

  • Go online at: my.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/MyServices.  You will need to register, or login to, your My Eastsuffolk account and then complete the form for garden waste
  • Call Customer Services on 01394 383789, and choose option ‘0’
  • Or, pop in to see our Customer Service staff in the Customer Service Centre in Felixstowe and Woodbridge Library

 You will need a debit or credit card to pay. The fee for each bin is £43 for a year (the equivalent of paying about £1.65 per fortnightly collection). You can place your order now and don’t forget to say ‘YES’ to the upgrade.

One of the key benefits from joining the Suffolk Coastal Garden Waste Scheme is that subscribers will also be given the option of an upgrade - receiving a free, larger (240 litre) green bin for their garden waste (240 litres is the most common wheeled bin size, but the current brown organic waste bins in Suffolk Coastal are 140 litres).

The new, larger green bins will be delivered during the autumn (2018) to those residents who request one and have subscribed to the Garden Waste Scheme. We also intend to come round and collect the unwanted brown bins during the autumn.

At this stage, subscribers to the Garden Waste Scheme will be able to continue to put organic domestic waste (such as food waste) in with their garden waste.

If you choose not to join the optional Garden Waste Scheme – then please compost!

The Suffolk Waste Partnership, which includes Suffolk Coastal District Council, funds a scheme making home compost bins available at subsidised prices - from as little as £8.99 for a 220 litre compost bin or £9.99 for a 330 litre bin.

The scheme also includes subsidies on several composting systems which can deal with some cooked food waste. To order a home compost bin or to see more details, visit: www.suffolk.getcomposting.com or call 0844 571 4444 quoting SUF 17L.

In addition, all households will be invited to keep and re-use any unwanted brown bins if they wish. The bins are suitable for a number of alternative uses, including composting.

Local people are being urged to: ‘Be kind to the environment and re-purpose your brown bins’.

Wheeled bins can be put to use in many different ways such as: tool stores, feed stores, water butts and compost bins, to name a few, and there will be other ideas on our website shortly.

Please consider whether you would like to keep your brown bins after the upgrade. You can tell us when you subscribe to the Scheme and we will let you know later when to present your unwanted brown bins for us to remove.

You can find more information about the Garden Waste Scheme, composting and re-purposing your old brown bin at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/SCDCgardenwaste