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Additional Waste

 At Babergh and Mid Suffolk, we care about waste reduction and recycling.

Read our waste policies


Reducing your waste

Look at how you might be able to reduce your waste first. Where this isn't possible, try to reuse and recycle as much as you can.

Visit the Suffolk Recycles website to find out how you can reduce and reuse your waste. It includes information on cloth nappies, composting, charity shops, refill schemes and more.


Bin too full?

If your bins are too full or an item is too big to fit in your bin, you may want to consider the following options:

Recycling centres

Visit one of the Suffolk Recycling Centres that are run by Suffolk County Council. 

There are also community run recycling centres within the district, including The Peninsula Community Recycling Centre and Brome Community Recycling Centre

Extra recycling/cardboard

Additional recycling can be put in any transparent (clear) sack, and placed by the recycling bin on your collection day.

Any cardboard which can’t fit in the bin, needs to be flattened, with all packaging / polystyrene removed, and placed by the recycling bin - Please note that we are unable to take any cardboard which is soaked.

Authorised sacks (Mid Suffolk only)

In Mid Suffolk, we provide an authorised sack scheme for additional general waste (refuse) and garden waste. 

Read about Authorised sack stockists

Recycling bring banks

In Suffolk there are over 1000 recycling banks for materials - including glass, textiles, paper, cans, tins, cartons and books.

Find your nearest recycling bring bank

Garden waste?

Garden waste can't be put in your refuse or recycling bins.

However in Mid Suffolk, additional garden waste can be collected in authorised green sacks. 

Green sacks can be purchased from our authorised sack stockists for £1.05 (RRP) and should be placed beside your general waste (refuse) bin on your collection day.

Check out our garden waste collection service or read home composting advice

Bulky items?

Can't get to a recycling centre? We can collect and dispose of larger household items for you.

Read more about our bulky item collections


Larger or additional bins

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

If eligible, larger/additional general waste (refuse) bins cost £35.00, and recycling bins are free. 

The bins will be clean and serviceable, but we can't guarantee they'll be new.

Apply for a larger/additional bin in Mid Suffolk
Apply for a larger/additional bin in Babergh

If extra waste is being generated because of a medical need, please apply for our free medical waste collections instead.