Suffolk offenders give back to community recycling centre

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The freshly painted HWRC on Portman Road, Ipswich

Offenders in Suffolk completing their Community Order hours have helped to improve the Ipswich Recycling Centre on Portman Road.

The Community Payback Scheme has meant offenders have cleaned all waste containers on site and repainted the site offices, entry and exit gates and wooden fencing.

Its aim is to improve the appearance of the sites and upskill offenders, while providing them with an opportunity to fulfil their Community Orders.

Julie Fourcade, head of external affairs at FCC Environmental, said: Ever since Blue Planet II, the public has been engaged more than ever with issues around waste and recycling and headline after headline on single-use plastics, coffee cups and more. But sometimes it’s good to remember that it is local effort and local communities that drive change so we are delighted to have been involved in this project.”

The scheme, set up between Norfolk and Suffolk Rehabilitation Company, Suffolk County Council and FCC Environment, is now expected to be rolled out to all HWRCs in Suffolk.

Community Payback is a nationwide scheme delivered by a regional Community Rehabilitation Company. Offenders can be ordered by the Magistrates Courts to complete between 40 and 300hrs Community Order Hours.

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