Two events in Ipswich have launched the start of a campaign to maximise awareness of recycling and the importance and value of the local environment.
Investment of over £26,000 has been secured by Ipswich Borough Council and Sanctuary Housing to engage residents in seeking innovative solutions to improving recycling and reducing waste and fly-tipping, as well as improving local facilities.
Thanks to the partnership, which includes the Greenways Countryside Project and Groundwork Suffolk, residents enjoyed their first event with a recycling roadshow on Downside Close and a wildlife event in Bourne Park
Recycling games and nature and woodland walks were just some of the activities visitors got involved in, while young people enjoyed the rubbish sorting conveyor belt and meeting Benji the dog.
To increase awareness of the local environment those at Bourne Park enjoyed making homes for hedgehogs and insects, taking a guided walk through the woodland, and an outdoor picnic.
Glynis Wood, Ipswich Borough Council’s clean neighbourhood team leader, added: “It was amazing to see so many children taking part in the event, they were so enthusiastic about sorting waste on the mini conveyor belt using a giant magnet and air pump for the metal cans and paper! They did a great job, had fun and learnt more about recycling waste.”
Residents interested in finding out more about the waste reduction survey should contact Groundwork Suffolk on 01473 350370.