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What goes in my bins?

Find out what to put in your:

What goes in my recycling bin?

Items placed inside your recycling bin must be empty (no contents, or bits of food or drink left inside).

They should also be clean and dry.

Do not bag items which you place inside your recycling bin. Leave the items loose inside the bin.

Only put these items in your recycling bin...

  • Aerosol cans (for example, air fresheners and deodorants)
  • Aluminium foil and trays (please roll foil into a ball)
  • Cardboard including boxes, food packaging and greeting cards
  • Metal food and drink cans
  • Paper, newspapers, magazines and junk mail
  • Paperback and hardback books
  • Plastic bathroom and household cleaning products (please keep lids on)
  • Plastic bottles (please squash and keep lid on)
  • Plastic yoghurt pots, tubs and food trays

Items that should never go in your recycling bin...

  • Black sacks, plastic bags and wrappers
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cardboard tubes with metal bases (for example, empty tubes of Pringles, gravy and hot chocolate packaging)
  • Cartons such as Tetra Pak
  • Clothes and textiles
  • Crisp packets
  • Face masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Food
  • Garden waste
  • Glass
  • Hard plastics such as toys, plant pots and coat hangers
  • Hazardous waste
  • Metal pots, pans and trays
  • Nappies
  • Pet food pouches
  • Pill packs
  • Polystyrene
  • Shredded paper
  • Tissues, kitchen roll and wipes
  • Wood

Find out more about recycling and how it works

View the Suffolk Recycles 'Guide to Recycling' leaflet

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

Recycling is taken to the Materials Recycling Facility at Great Blakenham.

At the facility, the recycling is separated, baled and sent to reprocessing companies, where it can be made into new products.

What goes in my refuse bin?

Find out what you can put in your refuse (general rubbish) bin.

To check a specific item, look at the A to Z of recycling.

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 alternative ways to dispose of waste that you cannot put in your refuse bin:

We do not send refuse to landfill.

Instead, refuse is taken to the Energy from Waste Facility at Great Blakenham.

At the facility, refuse is burned at high temperatures and the heat is converted into electricity using a steam turbine.

What goes in my garden waste (brown) bin?

Only put these items in your garden waste bin...

  • Dead plants
  • Flowers
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Shrubs
  • Small branches and twigs no thicker than 7cm
  • Tree prunings
  • Weeds (apart from noxious ones)
  • Windfall fruit

Items that should never go in your garden waste bin...

  • Animal waste
  • Ash
  • Bags and sacks
  • Branches and twigs thicker than 7cm
  • Clothes and textiles
  • Flower pots and trays
  • Food
  • Hardcore and rubble
  • Kitchen peelings and waste
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Nappies
  • Noxious weeds (for example, Japanese knotweed, ragwort, spear thistle, creeping thistle, giant hogweed, curled dock, broad leaved dock and horsetail)
  • Paper, card and shredded paper
  • Pet bedding
  • Plastics of any kind
  • Soil
  • Stones and gravel
  • Turf
  • Treated timber

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