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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 and placed by the refuse bin - We do not collect black sacks
  • 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 - Please note that we are unable to take any cardboard which is soaked
  • 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 label the bin with the property number / name, and 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 (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, washed, squashed 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
  • 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 - please bag up and put in refuse bin
  • 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
  • Hazardous waste


Visit the Suffolk Recycles website to find further recycling information, or download the Guide To Recycling Leaflet. You can also 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 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 you can and can't put 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 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. Here waste is burned at high temperatures and the heat used to make steam, which drives a turbine to generate electricity.

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



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 puts these items in your garden waste (brown) bin:

  • 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 / 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. 

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.