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What goes in my bins?

What goes in my refuse bin?

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

Ash, dust, shredded paper and other loose materials must be wrapped, or bagged and tied, before being put into the refuse bin.

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

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

We do not sent 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 recycling bin?

Items placed inside your recycling bin should 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.

Items which you safely put in your recycling bin

  • Aluminium foil and trays
  • Bathroom and household cleaners with the tops fastened on
  • Books including hardbacks
  • Cardboard, clean food packaging, boxes and cards
  • Empty aerosols such as deodorants and air fresheners
  • Food and drink cans
  • Paper, newspapers, magazines and junk mail
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic yoghurt pots, tubs and food trays

Items which should never go in your recycling bin

  • Black sacks, plastic bags and wrappers
  • Cartons such as Tetra Pak
  • Clothes
  • 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 then sent to reprocessing companies, where it can be made into new products.

What goes in my garden waste bin?

Items which you safely put in your garden waste bin

  • Flowers
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Shrubs
  • Small branches with a maximum 6cm diameter
  • Tree prunings
  • Weeds except for noxious ones
  • Windfall fruit

Items which should never go in your garden waste bin

  • Animal waste
  • Ash
  • Bags and sacks
  • Clothes
  • Hardcore, rubble and stones
  • Household and kitchen waste
  • Large quantities and turf
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Nappies
  • Noxious weeds such as Japanese knotweed, ragwort, spear thistle, creeping thistle, giant hogweed, curled dock, broad leaved dock and horsetail
  • Paper and card
  • Plastics of any kind
  • Soil
  • Treated timber

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