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What goes in my bins?

So that we can 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 (we won't collect black sacks), and placed by the refuse bin
  • Any extra recycling is put in a clear / see-through sack, and placed by the recycling bin
  • Any cardboard which can’t fit in the bin, needs to be flattened, with all packaging / polystyrene removed, and placed by the recycling bin
  • Once emptied, bins must be taken back into the property boundary by 7:00pm on collection day – Unless the collection has been delayed, or we have requested that the bin is left out


It's also really important to keep your bins clean in between collections.


Please use the resources below 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 bin?


What goes in my recycling bin?


We only want the items listed below in your recycling bin:

These items must be empty (no contents, food or drink left inside), clean, dry, loose (no bagged items), and bigger than 4cm.

  • Aerosols – no paint, fertilizer or weed killer
  • Aluminium foil & trays – roll foil into a ball
  • Books, hardbacks & paperbacks
  • Cardboard boxes & cardboard packaging – flatten boxes and remove any plastic / polystyrene
  • Metal food & drink cans
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogues, phone directories & junk mail – remove any plastic wrappers
  • Paper, envelopes & greetings cards - no shredded paper
  • Plastic bottles – squash and leave lid on
  • Plastic food containers, trays, punnets & yogurt pots

If the item is not listed above, please leave it out of your recycling bin.


Items that should never be put in your recycling bin include:

  • Plastic bags / sacks
  • Plastic wrappers / film & crisp packets
  • Glass
  • Food
  • Textiles
  • Cartons / Tetra Pak
  • Hard plastics (e.g. plant pots, toys, coat hangers)
  • Nappies
  • Polystyrene


What happens to my recycling?

Recycling is taken to the Materials Recycling Facility at Great Blakenham for separation and baling.

Find out more by visiting the Suffolk Recycles website or booking a site tour.


What goes in my refuse bin?

Head to the Suffolk Recycles website to find out what can and can't go in your general rubbish (refuse) bin. To check a specific item, head to the A-Z of recycling.

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


Here's some of the alternative ways to dispose of waste that can't be put in your refuse bin:


What happens to my refuse?

Refuse is taken to the Energy from Waste Facility at Great Blakenham. Here waste is burned at high temperatures and the heat used to make steam, which drives a turbine to generate electricity. We do not sent waste to landfill.

Find out more by visiting the Suffolk Recycles website or booking a site tour.


What goes in my garden waste bin?


We only want the items listed below 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)


Items that should never be put in your garden waste (brown) bin include:

  • Soil
  • Hard core, 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 (including bags / sacks)
  • Textiles
  • 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. 

Find out more by visiting the Suffolk Recycles website.

Looking for an alternative way to recycle your garden waste? - Take a look at composting options