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Welcome to our Spring Ezine with information about spring cleaning at home and in your community, garden waste collection subscriptions, Recycling Centre summer opening hours, where to recycle your batteries and more..!

Spring Clean  

We thought Spring was in the air but now we’re not so sure!
But if you are starting to think about clearing out your unwanted kit from the loft, garage or garden, here’s a quick reminder about doing the best for the environment. 

  • Put aside any items that can be donated for reuse at a charity shop or at our Recycling Centres
  • Sort out what can be recycled at home in your recycling bin
  • Separate the rest into material types before you visit your Recycling Centre to speed up your visit.  

 If you want to get involved in litter picking in your local environment, it's time for the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean!  We’ve got helpful advice to organise a litter pick and loan equipment to help you on your way or check out the Great British Spring Clean website.
Let us know what you are planning at waste.management@suffolk.gov.uk so we can add it to our litter pick events calendar - there are already lots of events going on across Suffolk.
And if you are in need of inspiration, check out local campaigner @UKrubbishwalks

Love your street and join Digby in Ipswich
 
Join the DiGBY litter walk in Christchurch park on Saturday 23 March
10am-12noon  

Pre-registration essential. Please sign up here
 
The walk is planned to take place in and around Christchurch Park, Ipswich.
Meet at The Reg Driver Centre, Christchurch Park, at 09:45am on Sat 23 March
to sign in and collect litter stick, hi-vis vest, safety brief and route/map.

We propose to cover eight routes, representing each of DiGBYs arms (or should we say tentacles?!)

If you are unable to get to this destination on the date, you are very welcome to carry out  a litter pick in your preferred area and send in your photos here.
Find out more www.ipswich.gov.uk/content/litter-picking

Time to renew!
 
Green shoots are starting to show and you probably have already started cutting the grass! If you subscribe to a garden waste collection service from your local council, or would like to start, don’t forget to renew your subscription. Garden waste collections are a convenient and easy way for you to keep your garden tidy. If you don’t have a big garden you could think about sharing a bin with a neighbour.
You can find details on how to subscribe here:
Mid Suffolk and Babergh
Suffolk Coastal
West Suffolk
Waveney 
Ipswich Borough Council still offer a free garden waste collection service
 
Our special offers on home compost bins are also still available from Get Composting plus there’s lots more advice to be had about composting at home too.
 
If you would like to get more involved and join our merry band of master composter volunteers, the next FREE training session will be coming up soon in April. Contact craig.renton@suffolk.gov.uk for more information or find out more about Suffolk master composters – they are a wonderful community of 
green-fingered, muck-spreading folk!

Recycling Centre News
 
Summer opening hours at Suffolk's Recycling Centres start from 1 April 
 Sites open 6 days a week  9am - 5pm
CLOSED every Wednesday
 
Here’s a quick quiz for you! 
1.Did you know that you can donate for re-use on all our sites?
2.Have you visited the Foxhall re-use shop yet?
3.Do you sort your recycling before you go into material type to seriously speed up your visit?
 
Remember charges apply for soil, rubble and hardcore
Check @Suffolkrc  before you visit for up to date information.

 

Educational visits for schools
Schools love to visit the energy from waste facility at Gt Blakenham!
A teacher from a recent school visit said, 

  “Very informative to take back to school for a class assembly theme.
   Extremely child friendly with all the interactive displays, made us all think!”

 
Pretty high praise indeed! So why not contact our Community Liaison Officer to arrange a visit?
 All visits include a tour of the working plant and an introduction to reducing, reusing and recycling your waste as well as a fabulous visitor centre where there is lots of fun to be had – you might even learn something too!
 
Public tours for groups are also available and open days are coming up in June, July and August. Please contact suffolkefw.uk@suez.com for more information. 

Recharge your batteries!
Did you know that all large retailers are required to take back used batteries for recycling and disposal? Just store them in a leak-proof container – a glass jar or plastic lidded container is ideal - and take them back to store when you next visit. The collection points might not always be visible so you might have to ask!
You can also recycle your batteries at any of Suffolk's 11 Recycling Centres

We love Hubbub’s Bring Back Heavy Metal campaign - their  videos are a must! - who knew recycling could be so much fun...?

 
Use our A-Z of recycling for the best ways to reduce, reuse and recycle most items and if you can't find what you need let us know!
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