Waste and recycling

Find opening times of recycling centres and rubbish tips, where you can take trade waste and which council takes your refuse collections in Suffolk.

Find a recycling centre or rubbish tip

Find opening times of your nearest recycling centre or rubbish tip.

You can take household items for re-use, recycling and disposal at council tips including:

  • household items, such as plastic containers, cardboard, cans, glass, newspapers, magazines and textiles
  • electrical items
  • hard plastics, such as garden chairs
  • garden waste
  • wood
  • metal
  • furniture, such as a sofa

There is no charge to dispose of domestic (household) waste.

See what items you can or cannot recycle in the A to Z of recycling.

Donate items at recycling centres

You can donate items for re-use at Suffolk Recycling Centres that can be supplied to the Ipswich (Foxhall) Re-use Shop or donated to charities in Suffolk.

Soil, rubble, hardcore and plasterboard

Soil, rubble, hardcore and plasterboard or waste that has arisen from improvements, repairs and alterations to your home or garden aren't classed as household waste (according to Controlled Waste Regulations).

Therefore a small charge does apply. Find out about the charges for disposal of soil, rubble and plasterboard in Suffolk.

Trade, business and commercial waste

You'll be charged for disposing trade waste at any recycling centre in Suffolk.

Checking for closures, for example due to severe weather

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How councils in Suffolk manage waste and recycling

Household waste and recycling services in Suffolk are provided in partnership by:

  • Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
  • East Suffolk Council
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • Suffolk County Council
  • West Suffolk Council

What does the county council do?

We manage the disposal of your household waste and 11 recycling centres in Suffolk.

Contact us with any queries on 0345 606 6067 or email waste.management@suffolk.gov.uk.

What does my local authority do?

Waste collection authorities in Suffolk are responsible for all household waste collections including:

  • recycling
  • garden waste
  • rubbish for disposal
  • clearing fly-tipping on public land

Contact your local waste collection authority to:

  • find out when your household rubbish is collected (or refuse collections)
  • find out what recycling can and cannot be collected from your home
  • report a missed bin collection
  • ask to have hazardous waste or bulky waste collected (charges may apply)
  • order a waste and recycling container or bin
  • report fly-tipping

What will my council take in my recycling or garden waste bin?

Find out what you can put in your home recycling bin and composting bin.

How can I reduce and reuse my household waste?

Find advice and tips on ways to reduce or re-use a wide range of household waste items including using charity shops, reducing unwanted junk mail and choosing reusable nappies on the Suffolk Recycling Website. 

Reduced price on home composting bins

Save money on home composting bins through Suffolk Waste Partnership.

If you use a company to collect your rubbish (other than the collection run by your local council), check they're registered with the Environment Agency and holds a Waste Carriers licence.