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Welcome to Suffolk Recycling’s Summer newsletter for everything you need to know about reducing, reusing and recycling your waste.
This issue will be looking at ways to freeze out your food waste with our #FreezerSavvy Campaign and why it's so important to dispose of batteries correctly. Go on a virtual tour of the Materials Recycling Facility where your recycling bins are sorted, plus another chance to see our great home compost bin offers!

 
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Freezer Savvy
 
As many of us are starting to feel the pinch from the rising cost of living, getting the most from our food is more important than ever. That’s where our kitchen hero, the freezer, comes in! Making better use of our freezers is a great way to cut food waste and save money. In fact, families could be £60 a month better off by eating all the food they buy.
 
Here are our top three  #FreezerSavvy tips:
  1. Make space in your freezer – get creative and use up items with a weekly ‘freezer forage’ meal.
  2. Find out what foods are freezer-friendly – did you know that eggs, butter, cooked rice and cheese can all be frozen?
  3. Swap fresh foods for frozen – frozen veg is time-saving and can quickly add more bulk and nutrition to meals.  
Which foods can you freeze or how long can you keep something in the freezer? Are frozen foods less nutritious? How can you make best use of a small freezer? Which meals freeze well?
 
#Freezer Savvy has all these answers and more, plus lots of handy tips at foodsavvy.org.uk/freezer-savvy
or follow us @FoodSavvySfk on Facebook and Twitter.
 Electrical and Battery Recycling
 
Suffolk Recycles is supporting Recycle Your Electricals campaign to drive electricals and batteries out of rubbish and recycling bins. Their campaign hero 'Hypnocat' is here to purr-suade you to recycle your batteries and electricals responsibly. Batteries and small electricals with hidden batteries have the potential to cause fires and explosions when placed in your rubbish or recycling bin. If you have any electronic toys, small appliances such as electric toothbrushes or items that light up and therefore are powered by a battery, please take them to your local Recycling Centre for disposal in the electrical recycling container or to a local small electrical recycling bank. Most medium/large stores where batteries are sold will also have battery recycling points.
 
You can watch Hypnocat’s hypnotically purr-suasive video here:
How are electronics recycled? Ask HypnoCat! - Bing video

Find your nearest electrical recycling point here:
 https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-locator
 
Repairing broken electricals is an even better solution than recycling and one of the many Repair Cafes popping up around the county might be able to help you do just that!
 Remember to donate working electrical appliances no longer needed for Reuse at Recycling Centres or Charity shops.
 
Look out for Hypnocat on our social media channels Facebook and Twitter
Or visit  Recycle Your Electricals Instagram, Twitter  or Facebook
What happens to your recycling?
If you wanted a closer look to see how your recycling is separated and sorted ready for reprocessing, please click on our new video below:
Putting the right things in your recycling bins and making sure they are empty, clean and dry will help Suffolk to recycle more. Food and drink residue left in packaging can not only mean that items can't be recycled but it can spread to other clean material and spoil that too.
 
PLEASE NO rubbish bags, nappies, food, textiles or glass!

Here is a quick glance as to what can and can't go in your recycling bin with lots more detailed information on our webpage. Help us to help Suffolk make the most out of our recycling!
 https://suffolkrecycling.org.uk/my-bins/together-we-can-get-our-recycling-right

Home composting
 
It’s amazing how much the garden can grow at this time of year, despite the lack of rain! As you battle with your ever-growing hedges and try to keep your lawn under control, you can make the best use of all your garden waste. With home composting it only takes a little bit of effort to turn organic material from your garden and kitchen into beautiful nutrient-rich compost, which will improve your soil and help your garden bloom! Special offers on home compost bins are available to all Suffolk residents via Get Composting - and there’s lots more advice to be had about composting at home too.

If you can’t compost at home  you might want to consider subscribing to a garden waste collection service from your local council. For a small annual cost (depending on where you live) garden waste collections are a convenient and easy way for you to keep your garden tidy - and the material they collect will be made into compost at a large-scale facility in the county. You can find details on how to subscribe to your local collection here

What to do with? (A-Z)
 
If you are ever unsure about how to dispose of or recycle an item, our comprehensive A-Z is a great place to start. And if you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact us on waste.management@suffolk.gov.uk and we will try to answer your query. We are always happy to add things to the A-Z to make it as useful as it can possibly be!

https://suffolkrecycling.org.uk/a-z-of-recycling
 
A Final Word from the Suffolk Waste Partnership Chair – Cllr James Mallinder

Did you know that if food waste was a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon emissions after the USA and China? That’s both incredible and horrifying! So what can we all do to help tackle this problem, especially in these tough times of rising household costs? Well, by reducing your food waste, you’re not only helping to protect the environment but could also save approximately £720 per year!
You can get lots of help and tips on saving food by checking out our Food Savvy campaign – www.foodsavvy.org.uk . On the website you’ll find information on everything from how to make the best use of your food to keeping it for longer in your freezer. There’s even tasty recipes to make the most of your leftovers. So you never have to let any food go to waste!
 
On a separate note, please always remember to dispose of your electrical items and batteries responsibly. Batteries especially can be dangerous if placed into your household recycling bins and can cause fires when mixed with other materials. So please always take batteries to a dedicated battery recycling point. Both batteries and electrical items can be recycled at any of Suffolk’s 11 Recycling Centres as well as other local recycling banks. If you are not sure where your local facility is, please visit our recycling bank finder here - Recycling bring banks - Suffolk Recycling
 
We want to make our beautiful county of Suffolk as good as it can be – remember to start locally and think globally and together we can make a difference.
 
Thanks for all your support and have a lovely summer,
 
James
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