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Proposals to bin garden waste charges and bring in food scraps collection

PUBLISHED: 06:00 28 December 2018 | UPDATED: 14:02 28 December 2018

Steve Cunningham complaining about the new brown bin charges.

Steve Cunningham complaining about the new brown bin charges.

Garden waste charges would be scrapped and weekly household food waste collections introduced by Babergh District Council under a motion set to be put forward in the New Year.

Luke CresswellLuke Cresswell

The move by the council Labour group is part of a Keep Babergh Tidy campaign it launched in November, aimed at creating a series of green measures to be put forward at full council meetings.

Labour last month called for an end to single-use plastics by the end of 2019, and to explore the options for on-street recycling bins in Hadleigh and Sudbury.

Now, Labour wants to see weekly household food waste collections and to axe the £55 annual fee for collecting garden waste services.

Luke Cresswell, who put forward the motion, said: “The government has recently recommended councils do what we are proposing in this motion.

Councillor John WardCouncillor John Ward

“Labour-run Ipswich council is the only council in the whole of Suffolk to provide free garden waste bins and we want Babergh to follow their lead.”

He added: “It is also important we start recycling food waste because it has a big impact on the environment as it rots and releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. We need to start dealing with food waste properly and positively.”

Mr Cresswell proposed a “waste caddy” system could be used for food waste, where a separate smaller bin is attached to the blue or black wheely bins collected by refuse crews. It could then be turned into fertiliser.

However Conservative councillor John Ward, Babergh District Council leader, said: “His motion to eliminate single-use plastics earlier this month covers many things Babergh is already doing, and now with this latest motion he is highlighting a couple of things in the Conservative government’s recently published National Resources and Waste Strategy.

“I would urge some caution regarding making the brown bins free. Not everyone uses or needs this service and it is right that those who do should pay for it: it is extremely popular and it is self-financing.

“I would be interested to see how Cllr Cresswell would pay for a free service when we have to account for every penny to maintain a balanced budget. He needs to let us know either what service he would cut or where he would impose new charges so free brown bins could be afforded.”

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