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What goes in my bins?

Find out how to get rid of your waste if you are self-isolating or confirmed to have COVID-19


In order for us to collect your waste, please make sure that:

  • the correct bin/authorised sacks are put out by 6.30am on your collection day (or left out the night before)
  • the bin/authorised sacks are left clearly visible at the edge of the property, at the point nearest the public highway (unless we have agreed otherwise)
  • bin lids are firmly closed
  • the bin/authorised sacks are not too heavy. They need to be easily moved
  • any extra refuse is put in an authorised sack and placed by the refuse bin on your refuse collection day. We will not collect black sacks
  • any extra recycling is put in a clear/see-through sack and placed by the recycling bin on your recycling collection day
  • any cardboard which can’t fit into the bin needs to be flattened and placed by the recycling bin on your recycling collection day. All packaging/polystyrene needs to be removed. Please note that we are unable to take any soaked cardboard
  • once emptied, bins must be taken back into the property boundary by 7.00pm on collection day. This is unless the collection has been delayed or we have asked that the bin is left out

It's also really important to label the bin with the property number/name and to keep your bins clean in between collections.


Please use the resources on this webpage to find out what can and can't go in your bins. Any bin that contains items it shouldn't, will not be emptied.

What goes in my recycling bin?

What goes in my refuse bin?

What goes in my garden waste (brown) bin?



What goes in my recycling bin?


We ONLY want these items in your recycling bin...

Items should be; empty (no contents, food or drink left inside), clean, dry and loose (no bagged items).

Accepted plastics

  • Plastic bottles - empty, wash, squash and lid on
  • Plastic yoghurt pots, tubs and food trays
  • Bathroom and household cleaning - with all tops on

Accepted metals

  • Food and drinks cans
  • Aluminium foil and trays - roll foil into a ball
  • Empty aerosols - e.g. deodorants and air fresheners

Accepted paper/card

  • Paper, newspapers, magazines and junk mail - no shredded paper or plastic packaging
  • Cardboard, clean food packaging, boxes and cards - flatten boxes and remove any plastic/polystyrene
  • Books, paperback and hardback


Please NEVER put these items in your recycling bin...

They will contaminate the recycling and your bin will not be emptied.

  • Face masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Black sacks, plastic bags and wrappers
  • Food
  • Nappies
  • Glass
  • Textiles/clothes
  • Cartons - e.g. Tetra Pak
  • Crisp packets
  • Polystyrene
  • Pet food pouches
  • Pill packs
  • Hard plastics - e.g. toys, plant pots and coat hangers
  • Tissues, kitchen roll and wipes
  • Shredded paper
  • Wood
  • Metal pots, pans and trays
  • Garden waste
  • Hazardous waste

Please visit the Suffolk Recycles website to learn more about recycling and how it works.

Suffolk Recycles have also produced a useful A to Z of recycling and a 'Together we can get our recycling right' leaflet

Find your nearest recycling bring bank where you can take items such as glass, textiles and clothing.


What happens to my recycling?

Recycling is taken to the Materials Recycling Facility at Great Blakenham. At the facility, the recycling goes through a number of different processes, where it is separated and baled. The materials are then transported to reprocessing companies, where they can be made into new products.



What goes in my refuse bin?


Please visit the Suffolk Recycles website to find out what you can and can't put in your general rubbish (refuse) bin. To check a specific item, check their A to Z of recycling.

All ash, dust, shredded paper and other loose materials must be wrapped, or bagged and tied, before being put into the refuse bin.

Here are some of the alternative ways to dispose of waste that you can not put in your refuse bin:


What happens to my refuse?

We do not sent waste to landfill. Instead, refuse is taken to the Energy from Waste Facility at Great Blakenham. At the facility, waste is burned at high temperatures and the heat is used to make steam. The steam then drives a turbine to generate electricity. 



What goes in my garden waste (brown) bin?


We ONLY want these items in your garden waste (brown) bin...

  • Grass cuttings
  • Tree prunings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Small branches - maximum of 6cm in diameter
  • Shrubs
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Windfall fruit
  • Weeds (*see below for exceptions)


Please NEVER put these items in your garden waste (brown) bin...

They will contaminate the garden waste and your bin will not be emptied.

  • Soil
  • Hardcore, rubble or stones
  • Ash
  • Large quantities of turf
  • Household or kitchen waste
  • Meat, poultry or fish
  • Paper or card
  • Treated timber
  • Animal waste
  • Plastics of any kind
  • Bags/sacks
  • Textiles/clothes
  • Nappies
  • *Noxious weeds - e.g Japanese knotweed, ragwort, spear thistle, creeping thistle, giant hogweed, curled dock, broad leaved dock, mares tail/horsetail


What happens to my garden waste?

Garden waste is taken to the Material Change Facility at Creeting St Mary to be turned into compost.

Looking for an alternative way to recycle your garden waste? Find out about home composting.