A new recycling service, which could dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, was launched this week.
Residents are now able to put their food and drink cartons, aerosol cans, books, metal pots and pans and trays in their blue recycling bin – a move aimed to increase the amount of household waste that is recycled.
The new county-wide service began on Monday.
County councillor Andrew Nunn, chairman of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce our new enhanced recycling service.
“The people of Suffolk are among the top performers in the country, with 53 per cent of our waste already being recycled.”
The partnership estimates that more than 18,000 tonnes of material that could be recycled gets thrown away, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds.
“By recycling, residents are not only helping the environment but also helping to make Suffolk taxpayers’ money go further,” added Mr Nunn.
Officers from the council will be explaining the changes to residents as part of the Christmas light switch-on at St Peter’s on Market Hill in Sudbury on November 28.