East Suffolk residents are being encouraged to consider the environment this Christmas by choosing recyclable products wherever possible and reducing their household waste.
Earlier this year, the Suffolk Waste Partnership - which comprises Suffolk County Council and the district and borough councils - took the difficult decision to remove cartons and Tetra-paks from the list of materials that could be placed in household recycling bins. New industry regulations require cartons to be sorted separately from cardboard and it has been decided this is not a viable option.
Residents and businesses in Felixstowe, Lowestoft and Woodbridge are being encouraged to dispose of their waste correctly and reduce the pollution caused by litter entering the drainage system.
Following a surge of interest during the recent First Light Festival, further opportunities are now available for East Suffolk residents to become Plastic Action Champions and help local communities reduce their plastic waste.
As part of International Compost Awareness Week (Sunday 5 May to Sunday 12 May), the Suffolk Waste Partnership is supporting several initiatives aiming to help residents get composting.
Suffolk Master Composters are inviting green minded enthusiasts to join their ranks and master the art of composting this spring.
To coincide with the start of spring, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils have once again launched their community litter pick scheme which rewards residents for cleaning up their communities.
A fresh initiative that aims to reduce food waste - a first of its kind in Suffolk - is set to launch in the heart of the Lowestoft community.