What goes in my bins?
So we can collect your waste, please make sure:
- 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 don't accept 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 - find our top tips here.
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 may not be emptied.
Items placed in the recycling bin must be clean, dry and loose (no bagged items).
The Getting it Right leaflet shows what can go into the recycling bin, along with common items which we can't accept (such as glass).
Head to the Suffolk Recycles website to find out more about what can go in your recycling bin, or to check a specific item, head to the A-Z of recycling.
What happens to my recycling?
Recycling is taken to the Materials Recycling Facility at Great Blakenham for separation and baling.
Head to the Suffolk Recycles website to find out what can and can't go in your general rubbish (refuse) bin, or 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 you can't put in your refuse bin:
- Hazardous waste
- Garden waste
- Clinical / medical waste (including needles)
- DIY waste, building material or rubble
- Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
What happens to my refuse?
Refuse is taken to the Energy from Waste Facility at Great Blakenham, where the 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.
We can only accept the following items in the garden waste (brown) bin:
- Grass cuttings
- Tree prunings
- Hedge trimmings
- Small branches (maximum of 6cm in diameter)
- Windfall fruit
- Weeds (*see below for exceptions)
The following can not be placed into the garden waste (brown) bin:
- Hard core, rubble or stones
- Large quantities of turf
- Household or kitchen waste
- Meat, poultry or fish
- Paper or card
- Treated timber
- Animal waste
- Noxious weeds (*see below for examples)
- Plastics of any kind (including bags / sacks)
* We don't accept the following weeds:
- Japanese knotweed
- Spear thistle
- Creeping thistle
- Giant hogweed
- Curled dock
- Broad leaved dock
- Mares Tail / Horsetail
Head to the Suffolk Recycles website to find out more about what can go in your garden waste bin, or to check a specific item, head to the A-Z of recycling.
Looking for an alternative way to recycle your garden waste? Take a look at composting options
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.