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Additional waste

If your bin is too full - or an item is too big to fit in it - you may want to consider an option from this webpage.

Additional recycling

Any extra household recycling that can't fit into the recycling bin can be put in any clear, see-through sack.

Place the sacks by the recycling bin on your recycling collection day.

Sacks must be able to be easily lifted and tied at the top to prevent being overfilled.

Clear sacks can be purchased from our authorised sack stockists.


Any cardboard that can’t fit into the recycling bin needs to be flattened, with any packaging materials and polystyrene removed.

Place the flattened cardboard by the recycling bin on your recycling collection day.

We are not able to collect soaked cardboard and would advise not to leave out any cardboard if it is due to rain.

Additional refuse and garden waste

In Mid Suffolk only, we offer an authorised sack scheme for additional household refuse (general rubbish) and garden waste.

This is a paid service and restrictions apply.

For more information about the authorised sack scheme and how it works, plus a list of stockists, please visit our authorised sack webpage.

Any refuse or garden waste left by the bin in unauthorised sacks - such as black bags - will not be collected.

Recycling centres

Household and garden waste can be taken to one of the Suffolk Recycling Centres.

There are also community-run recycling centres within the district:

Recycling bring banks

There are more than 1,000 recycling banks in Suffolk for a wide range of materials, including:

  • glass
  • textiles and clothing
  • tins and cans
  • small electricals

Find your nearest recycling bring bank

To report a full recycling bring bank, please use the contact information listed on the container. If no contact information is listed, please email Waste Services.

Bulky items

We can collect and dispose of larger household items for you, including:

  • sofas
  • fridges
  • mattresses
  • furniture
  • TVs

Find out more about our bulky item collections

Medical waste

Needles and clinical waste must not be put in refuse or recycling bins.

Find out more about our medical and clinical waste collections

Other items

If you have a specific item to dispose of, and are unsure what to do with it, read Suffolk Recycles' A to Z of recycling.

Reducing your waste

Suffolk Recycles offers advice on how you can reduce and reuse your waste. This includes information about cloth nappies, preventing food waste and refill schemes.

Find information about reducing and reusing waste

Larger or additional bins

If you're struggling to reduce your household waste and regularly have full bins, you may be eligible for a larger or additional bin.

  • Larger/additional recycling bins are provided free of charge
  • Larger/additional refuse bins, if eligible, cost £41.25

Please note that we will only empty authorised Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council bins that we have issued to the address.

Apply for a larger or additional bin

If additional waste is produced due to a medical condition (for example, incontinence), please see how we can assist with the collection of medical and clinical waste.