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Recycling in East Suffolk

30 September 2021

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Recycle Now and the Suffolk Waste Partnership are asking residents to take action to protect our environment by actively considering the way in which they dispose of their household waste and increase positive recycling habits.

The latest research from Recycle Now reveals that almost 9 out of 10 people in the UK now recycle their household waste which is a really positive achievement.

However, 55% of households continue to put items in the general rubbish bin that could be recycled. Such materials include foil, aerosols, and plastic toiletry (shampoo and conditioner bottles), plastic trays and cleaning and bleach bottles. We can all help fight climate change by recycling because recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year in the UK, which is the same as taking 12 million cars off the road.

Cllr James Mallinder, Chair of the Suffolk Waste Partnership said: “People across Suffolk already recycle a great deal of their waste, either in their bins at home or by taking recyclable or reusable items to their local Recycling Centre, bottles banks or by donating to charities.

“This superb effort will not only make the most of the planet’s precious resources, but it is an effective way to help tackle the climate emergency that all local authorities have signed up to address in Suffolk.

“Of course, we can always do more and supporting this year’s Recycle Week is a wonderful way to achieve this. I encourage everyone; family, friends and neighbours, to recycle even more this year. If everyone can Step It Up, I believe the small changes can make a big difference over time.”

Whilst the Suffolk Waste Partnership encourages everyone to recycle, please also remember that putting the wrong items into your recycling bin means that good items will become ‘spoiled’ and won’t get recycled. In Suffolk, currently around 10,000 tonnes (about 20%) of the items collected from Suffolk households get rejected every year.

Information on what and how to recycle your household waste.





East Suffolk residents are great at recycling and we want to help you to recycle as much as possible - whether through your recycling bin at home, your nearest Suffolk Recycling Centre or a local bring bank.

These items CAN be recycled in your recycling bin at home: 

  • paper / card (newspapers, magazines, junk mail, papers, books, cardboard, clean food packaging, boxes and cards)
  • metals (aluminium foil and trays, food and drink cans, empty aerosols - no paint, fertiliser or weedkiller)
  • plastic bottles (empty, squash, lids on) and plastic yoghurt pots, tubs and food trays
  • all items should be bigger than 4cm

recycling yes

The below items should NOT be placed in your recycling bin as they may contaminate recyclable waste. Some of these items, such as glass and textiles, can be recycled at your nearest Suffolk Recycling Centre or a local bring bank. Cartons, batteries, metal pans and electrical items can all be recycled at your nearest Recycling Centre. 

  • glass
  • food and drink
  • textiles (clothes and shoes)
  • nappies
  • plastic bags and film
  • small items under 4cm (shredded paper, loose bottle tops)
  • cartons and Tetra-paks
  • crisp packets
  • pet food pouches
  • polystyrene
  • gas cylinders
  • mobile phones
  • batteries
  • electrical items
  • needles / medical waste

recycling no

What you can and cannot recycle through your recycling bin.

Find your nearest Recycling Centre and book your time slot. You will only be able to take waste to a Recycling Centre if you have booked a slot.

Find your nearest bring bank (for bottles, clothing and more).

Check which day your bins are collected.