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Labour Party calls for garden waste charges to be scrapped and food waste collections to be introduced in Babergh

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A motion calling for garden waste charges to be scrapped and weekly food waste collections introduced in Babergh is set to be put forward.

In November, the Labour group launched its Keep Babergh Tidy campaign, which proposing a series of green measures.

The group has called for an end to single-use plastics by the council and wants to see on-street recycling bins in Hadleigh and Sudbury.

Now, Labour is calling on the council to introduce weekly household food waste collections and axe the £55 annual fee for the collection of garden waste.

Sudbury councillor Luke Cresswell, who put forward the motion, said: “In recent years, Babergh has focused too much on restructuring the council and not enough on providing good services.

“Labour-run Ipswich Borough Council is the only council in Suffolk to provide free garden waste bins, and we want Babergh to follow its lead.

“It is important that we start recycling food waste, because it has a big impact on the environment as it rots and releases methane.

“We need to start dealing with food waste properly.”

Mr Cresswell proposed a food waste caddy system, which would have a separate smaller bin attached to the blue or black bins collected by refuse crews.

Food waste could then be turned into fertiliser.

Conservative councillor John Ward, Babergh District Council leader, said: “With this latest motion, he is highlighting a couple of things in the Conservative government’s national resources and waste strategy.

“I would, however, urge some caution regarding making the brown bins free. Not everyone uses or needs this service and it is right that those who do should pay. It is extremely popular and it is self-financing.

“I would be very interested to see how Cllr Cresswell would pay for a free service, when we have to account for every penny to maintain a balanced budget.”