East Suffolk households asked to follow bin rules

Households in East Suffolk are being reminded to follow bin guidelines as more household waste is created during national Covid-19 restrictions.

People are spending more time at home due to national Covid-19 restrictions and East Suffolk Council is asking households to ensure they’re following the bin guidelines set out by the Council to help refuse teams efficiently provide an essential service.

Cllr James Mallinder, cabinet member for the Environment, said: “With more people spending time at home due to national restrictions, we’re seeing more household waste than ever before, putting added pressure on our refuse teams. Unfortunately, we’re also seeing an increase in bad bin etiquettes, which can not only prevent the refuse team from collecting waste but be a nuisance to neighbours and obstruct footpaths.

“Our refuse teams are working extremely hard under very difficult circumstance, so it is very important that we all do our bit to help them provide this essential service that we’re all relying on more than ever and there are some very simple guidelines we can all follow to do so.”

To help ensure an efficient refuse service, East Suffolk Council is asking that households follow a few simple guidelines as set out below:

  • Put bins out by 6am latest on collection day
  • Recycle where possible through the blue bin
  • Present bin at the boundary of your property where your access meets the public highway or other agreed collection point
  • Don’t force too much waste into a bin as it can stick inside, meaning it won’t come out when emptied
  • Ensure bins do not contain any incorrect items, as it may not be emptied
  • Ensure the lid on bins are closed for collections, otherwise we won’t be able to empty it
  • Take bins in as soon as possible after collection as they can cause a serious obstructions and block access, particularly when left on public pavements and access ways

Visit the Council’s website for more information on what items goes into what bin, to check your bin collection day and to report a missed bin collection: www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/waste/waste-collection-and-disposal/refuse-collection/