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Sudbury and Hadleigh may benefit from measures to boost recycling under new environmental campaign

By Jason Noble, Local Democracy Reporter

Plastic recycling. (5454792)
Plastic recycling. (5454792)

Key towns in south Suffolk, including Sudbury and Hadleigh, may be in line to get on-street recycling bins, as part of a drive to help make Babergh more environmentally friendly.

The Labour Party group at Babergh District Council has launched its new Keep Babergh Tidy campaign, in an effort to tackle littering and encourage greater levels of recycling in the area, as well as urge other green measures.

The Labour group plans to put forward a series of motions in a bid to tackle the problem, which will start from the next full council meeting.

The first motion will call on the authority to put in place a plan to have zero dependence on single-use plastics by the end of 2019, as well as ensure that reusable coffee cups are used at all council buildings.

It also urges the council to become a member of the Keep Britain Tidy network, and explore whether towns such as Hadleigh and Sudbury could get on-street recycling bins, which could enable people to recycle on the go.

Labour Party councillor Luke Cresswell, pictured, who represents the Sudbury South ward at town and district council, said: “I’m proud to represent Sudbury South, which includes our town centre, but when conversation turns to litter, it can be embarrassing.

“It’s time the district council stepped up to tackle litter and led the way in becoming more environmentally friendly.

“Sudbury and Great Cornard have some wonderful volunteers who regularly litter pick, but we need to do more to prevent such litter.

“Single-use plastics are a scourge in our community – they do great harm to our environment and often fill our roadsides.

“We need to reduce the use of single-use plastic drastically and offer bins in Sudbury and Hadleigh town centres to enable people to recycle cans, paper, card, plastic and glass.”

Mr Cresswell warned that if the standard of street cleaning did not improve, the Labour group would call for existing arrangements with external contractors to be cancelled, and for these services to then be brought back in house.

John Ward, the Conservative leader at Babergh District Council, said: “At Babergh, we take our impact on the environment seriously.

“Reducing it forms one of our five strategic priorities, and we’ve already ensured our staff based at Endeavour House are not required to use any single-use plastics.

“We are determined to keep working towards a cleaner environment in our districts.

“I look forward to discussing the details of this motion with my fellow members.”


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