Garden Waste Service returning to normal collection dates from 28 September

Following disruptions due to Covid-19, East Suffolk’s garden waste service is now set to return to normal on Monday 28 September, in accordance with the original bin collection dates.

This means that households who subscribe to the service will once again have their green bins collected on the same day as their blue bins after this date. Please refer to your collection calendar or use the online calendar to check your collection dates:

Cllr James Mallinder, cabinet member for the Environment, is keen to remind residents that home composting is a great way to get rid of surplus garden waste and some food waste, such as vegetable peelings.

He said: “Although we offer a kerbside garden waste collection, we still want to encourage residents to compost at home, where possible. It’s a really easy and environmentally friendly way to dispose of surplus garden waste and appropriate food waste, and also helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions which is good for the planet and the environment. The small changes we make in our behaviour will make a big difference over time. Most garden waste and uncooked food can be composted and turned into free nutrient rich food for gardens, which can be used on vegetable gardens and flower beds or placed around trees to improve the soil structure and nutrient content.”

Learn more about home composting, and how to get a discounted compost bin at


Woodbridge Library – Open for browsing from 8th September

Woodbridge Library is open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-4pm and is closed on Mondays and Sundays. Please phone the library on 01394 330855, email or go to the library’s web page at for current information. Out-of-hours book return available.

It is planned that Woodbridge Library will be open for browsing from 8th September. A limited number of customers will be allowed in the library at any one time so queuing may be necessary.

Reservations from the library catalogue are now available again and due to its popularity the select and collect service will remain available for the foreseeable future.

Libraries are offering access to computers for tasks such as Universal Credit applications and job seeking. Photocopying and printing have also been reintroduced. Customers will have to contact their library directly to make an appointment to use a computer and there will be cashless payment options for paying for printing and photocopying/scanning.

Suffolk Libraries aims to reintroduce normal library opening hours when and where possible over the coming months with the aim to get libraries back to their pre-lockdown opening hours by the end of the calendar year.

As with all these plans, everything is subject to changes in government advice and local COVID-19 infection rates.

It is now a legal requirement for all visitors to a library to wear a face covering. Once customers enter the library to use a printer or pc, they will also be invited to take part in the test and trace process by leaving their name and contact details. Their details will only be used for test and trace purposes and staff will dispose of the information after 21 days.

You can still download and stream free eBooks, eAudio, magazines, newspapers, films, documentaries and music. Suffolk Libraries is also running events online to enjoy from home at and via Suffolk Libraries YouTube channel.

Customer service for Suffolk Libraries is available Mon-Fri 9-5pm, closed bank holidays. Leave a message out of these hours.

Up to date information can be seen at

Citizens Advice Services – financial support and advice

Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on many people’s lives, including financially. If you’re worried about your finances – whether you have already been affected by the situation, or you’re worried you will be in the future – don’t worry alone!

Free, confidential support is available from East Suffolk’s three Citizens Advice services, who can help you deal with money matters. To talk to someone, call 0330 107 5627 or email Monday – Friday between 9.30am – 4pm.

At Citizens Advice Leiston we have two Covid funds we can use to help people in our community who have been financially impacted by Covid:

  • Covid Energy Fund where we can help clients manage their energy bills whether gas, electricity or oil
  • Covid Secondary School Uniform fund where we can help people with the cost of secondary school uniforms

One Life Suffolk – Free Family Zoom Groups

One Life Suffolk is offering free 10 week family Zoom groups. The groups are aimed at parents with children from 5 years to teens. The sessions will help your family improve their lifestyle choices by eating better, sleeping better and getting more active. Book by visiting the website or call 01473 718 193