Suffolk

Ipswich bin collections cut to four-day weeks

  • 17 July 2013
  • From the section Suffolk
Great Blakenham landfill
Image caption The council said the four-day collections would create efficiency savings

Household bin collections are being cut to four days a week in Ipswich in a bid to save nearly £250,000 a year.

Ipswich Borough Council has voted to stop collections on Mondays and only empty bins between Tuesday and Friday.

The council said 45 other councils already operated a four-day service and it cut out problems of having to re-arrange Bank Holiday Monday collections.

The council said it would spend £25,000 informing households of the changes.

It means households which have bins collected on a Monday will be switched to an as yet unspecified alternative day.

The local authority collects waste from about 56,000 properties on seven domestic rounds, as well as larger blocks of flats.

Councillor Phil Smart, portfolio holder for waste collection, said: "We're having to make savings without cutting the level of service and this is one way of doing it.

"I am sure all residents will readily adapt to this change which will provide a simpler and more efficient service which will end nearly all bank holiday collection disruptions."

The council said employees would work 37-hour weeks rather than the existing 39-hour weeks, creating staff savings of £62,540 a year.

It added that £30,000 would be saved from running vehicles and postponing the introduction of a planned additional round would save £150,000 a year, which had already been budgeted for.

The council said all changes to employee's terms and conditions would go to consultation.

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