How can Suffolk be ‘greenest county’ if bottle banks are left overflowing?

Over-flowing glass recycling bin in the village hall car park in Wickham Market. Picture: IAN OXBURY

Over-flowing glass recycling bin in the village hall car park in Wickham Market. Picture: IAN OXBURY - Credit: Ian Oxbury

Refuse teams in east Suffolk are reviewing their glass collection system amid complaints of overflowing bottle banks.

Suffolk Coastal Norse, which collects waste throughout the district said the review would look at how and when glass is collected “to make sure it is done as effectively as possible”.

The comments come after concerns were raised about overflowing bottle banks in the area. As reported last week, people in Wickham Market warned the overflowing glass bottles in the village’s recycling bins had become dangerous, prompting community leaders to make urgent requests for the waste to be cleared.

Then on Saturday, visitors to the recycling bins beside Framlingham Scouts Hut also complained they were overflowing.

With homeowners being urged to do more to recycle – including warnings this month from the Suffolk Waste Partnership that incorrect waste disposal is costing taxpayers more than £500,000 a year – the situation has led to claims of double standards.

MORE: Wrong waste in recycle bins costing taxpayer thousands says reportOne man, who was unable to recycle his glass bottles in Framlingham over the weekend, said: “On one hand the public is being told off for putting rubbish in the wrong bins - but then when we make the effort to recycle we can’t find a bottle bank that’s not overflowing.”

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The bottle banks have since been emptied. However Christopher Hudson who represents Framlingham at Suffolk Coastal District Council, said residents had contacted him about the problem previously.

“If we want to be the greenest county, we’ve got a long way to go,” he added.

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Suffolk Coastal Norse said the situation in Framlingham was because a collection vehicle had broken down. “However, we apologise for any inconvenience and did get round and empty the glass recycling bins as soon as we were able,” a spokesman added. “Overall, people in east Suffolk are very responsible in recycling their glass. There are always spikes, when someone may have had a particularly large party or we have had good weather over a bank holiday weekend. We are currently reviewing how and when glass is collected in this area to make sure it is done as efficiently as possible. However, people can be assured that we are still committed to collecting and recycling all the glass that is left out for us.”

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