The Ipswich Society fully supports the Borough Council in their attempts to increase the amount of waste recycled. However, we also have a duty to ensure the public realm is protected from unnecessary intrusions, particularly an excess of traffic signs, inappropriate street furniture and, as the photograph shows, a proliferation of wheelie bins.
A substantial number of houses in Ipswich have both back gardens and a side access to them, and the bins can be stored out of sight. However, this is not always the case, particularly where the house has been converted into flats or a side extension has blocked the rear access. The Society feels that the Council should investigate alternatives to the wheeled bin for such properties, perhaps the storage trays that are used elsewhere and that are small enough to keep indoors. [Incidentally, on average each household in Suffolk produces a tonne of waste annually. Less than 20% is recycled. Slim your bin!