Booking a Recycling Centre time slot

Find out how to book a time slot online for a Recycling Centre in Suffolk as part of a phased re-opening.

Suffolk's Recycling Centres are open during national lockdown. Re-use shops on site are closed.

Current Government advice is to stay at home and not leave your home, except where necessary. You may leave your home to visit a Recycling Centre if you consider this to be a necessary journey.

Book a time slot a Recycling Centre time slot

A booking system is in place (since the re-opening of Recycling Centres following the first lockdown in 2020).

The booking system:

  • reduces the waiting times of visitors to each Recycling Centre
  • helps manage traffic to avoid a dangerous build-up of vehicles on the roads
  • allows site users to plan ahead and visit at an agreed time without having to queue
  • helps to manage numbers of visitors to allow for social distancing on site

Please do not come to a Recycling Centre without a booking. 

You must not visit a Recycling Centre if you or anyone in your household or support bubble:

  • has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days
  • has COVID-19 symptoms
  • if you're shielding or at greatest risk from COVID-19

Follow Government COVID-19 advice on travel.

How booking a time slot works 

You can book a time slot up to 7 days in advance.

To book a slot you will need to:

  • provide an email address
  • tell us whether you are bringing waste from your own household or from a business
  • the make and registration number and which sort of the vehicle you're arriving in
  • if you're a pedestrian or cyclist

Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before the start of your scheduled time slot.

We will try to ensure you enter the site at your designated time, however, please be aware some sites are required to close temporarily to empty containers.

You can only make one booking for any Suffolk Recycling Centre per household or vehicle in a 7 day period.

This is to allow as many visitors to sites as possible, whilst maintaining social distancing and protecting the health and safety of site staff and users. We reserve the right to cancel any multiple bookings made in a 7 day period.

Check opening times for Suffolk Recycling Centres at

What are the rules at Recycling Centres?

You must: 

  • arrive in the vehicle you registered when booking (if driving)
  • wash your hands before and after your visit (and wear gloves if possible) 
  • stay in the car until parked (including passengers) 
  • unload the car yourself as staff cannot assist you (only one adult should unload the vehicle, unless two adults are needed for heavy items)
  • ensure any COVID-19 waste is left at home for 72 hours (3 days) before double-bagging and bringing to site
  • follow social distancing rules to protect the health of staff and visitors 

Before you book

Please be aware that until further notice:

  • only pre-booked vehicles are permitted on site
  • vans, cars with trailers and business waste are now accepted at all sites except Haverhill
  • vans with trailers will not be allowed on any site

Trailers must be no more than 750kg max gross weight, single axle and unbraked. No other trailer size or type is permitted.

How to book

There are two different booking systems. Please select the one that applies to you. 

If you do not receive a confirmation email confirming the date and time you have booked within 1 hour, please check your spam/ junk folder. If it is not there after checking, please do not make another booking. Email us at and we will check it for you.

1. Cars, pedestrians and cyclists

You can book a 15-minute slot to deposit household waste using a car or as a pedestrian or cyclist.

2. Vans, trailers and trade waste

You can book a 30-minute slot to deposit trade waste or household waste using a van (including car-derived vans), a trade car or a car with a trailer. (Vans with trailers will not be accepted on any site.)

Start by selecting the type of waste you will be bringing to site. If you have any queries, please read the Q&As below.

Appointment times refer to current British Summer Time. Please ignore references to UTC+0:00.

If you do not receive a booking confirmation email within 1 hour, please check your spam/ junk folder. If you still cannot find it, email us at and we will check it for you. Do not make another booking.

How do we use and store your data?

Read Suffolk County Council's data protection policy.

Answers to queries about phased re-opening

Suffolk recycling centres remain open by appointment only as we enter into the new lockdown restrictions on Thursday. Appointments can be made using the online services in the 'How to Book' section above.

The Reuse shops at Foxhall and Bury will close at the end of the day on Wednesday 4 November as these are deemed as non-essential retail. However donations for reuse will continue to be accepted at the recycling centres during this time, but not in the shops themselves. Please visit our website for up to date information @suffolkrecycle on Facebook or Twitter.

Staff cannot currently help members of the public to unload their vehicles or dispose of their waste, except in the exceptional circumstances described below.

If you have a disability and require assistance, please do one of the following:

If you can unload the waste from your vehicle, but cannot access the steps or containers

Make a booking as normal.

When you arrive on site, please let a member of staff know, who will tell you where to unload the waste from your vehicle.

You do not need to contact us before your visit.

If you are unable to unload your waste from your vehicle 

Please email your request to along with your booking details at least 24 hours before your booking so that we can arrange for staff to assist you.

You will need to load your vehicle so that your waste can be accessed from the boot of your car. When you load waste into your vehicle, please put it in your boot and wear a mask to help site staff to safely unload your waste. Please make sure that any waste you bring to site is of a manageable size and weight for staff to handle.

If you have a disability and are still unsure about how to proceed to use the Recycling centres please contact us at


COVID-19 waste

If you're self-isolating you must place all personal waste (for example used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths) securely in a plastic bag or bin liner, then double bag it and store it for at least 72 hours (3 days) before placing it in general rubbish or bringing it to a Recycling Centre.

You must follow this guidance whether you are self-isolating as a precaution or if you've tested positive for (COVID 19). 

Visits are restricted to one visit per household or vehicle per 7 day period. This is to allow as many households and traders as possible to visit the sites, as visitor numbers are restricted to protect the health and safety of site staff and users..

We reserve the right to cancel any multiple bookings made in a 7 day period.

Cars should unload within 10 minutes if possible. Your booked 15 minute slot will allow for time to get in, parked and back out again.

Vans (including car derived vans), trailers and trade waste should unload within 25 minutes. Your booked 30 minute slot will allow for time to enter and leave the site.

All sites, except Haverhill accept trade waste. You will need to declare that you are bringing trade waste to site when you make a booking.

Please be aware that it is an offence under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to deposit and transport trade/ business waste at Recycling Centres, without registering with the Environment Agency as a waste carrier and paying for disposal.

To get a more cost effective price you should separate your waste for recycling before going to site (e.g. into garden waste, wood, electricals etc). For our trade waste prices and information please visit our Trade Waste webpage on the Suffolk Recycles website. 

Following government lockdown guidelines regarding non-essential shops, the Foxhall and Bury St Edmunds re-use shop are temporarily closed due to the new COVID restrictions until further notice.

While re-use shops are closed we are currently only accepting the items shown below for re-use at Recycling Centres. These items need to be placed in the orange containers on site (you need to book an appointment to visit sites). Please hang on to other good quality items you may have for re-use until the shops/ charity shops re-open so they don't go to waste.

  • TVs
  • Monitors
  • PCs
  • Sky boxes
  • DVD players
  • Consoles
  • Laptops
  • Audio
  • Power tools
  • Bikes
  • Dyson's
  • Henrys
  • Mowers
  • Strimmers

You can bring your garden waste to a Recycling Centre if it can not be safely stored at home.

Garden waste collections will be re-instated across Suffolk over the next few weeks. Find out what you can put in your composting bin

You can find top tips for managing your garden waste in the meantime. 

Find out more about home compost bin offers.

Initially the booking slots will be released for a week, then afterwards on a rolling daily basis to always maintain a forward view of 7 days ahead.

You may need to try several times to get a booking. We understand that this may be frustrating, but we're hoping that after a few weeks the initial demand will begin to reduce.

If you're unable to book a time slot online, please do not phone Customer Service to see if additional slots are available. The only time slots available will be shown on the public booking system. 

You can amend or cancel your booking up to 4 hours before your allocated time the day before your booking.

To amend or cancel your booking:

  1. Go to your original email confirmation
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the email
  3. Click on the 'Change your appointment' link
  4. From this you can either cancel or reschedule your booking. You can use the 'reschedule' button to change your vehicle registration details or book a new slot.

Email if you have any problems amending or cancelling your booking or do not have your original email confirmation. We can amend this for you (but not within 4 hours of your booking).


When you book you will enter the registration number of your vehicle. This will be your ID when you visit site, so you must come in the vehicle you registered.

Pedestrian visitors and cyclists will also have to use booking system and the booking will be in your name.

There will be many signs on site to remind people to keep 2 metres apart.

Cars will park in alternate bays.

Only one person (or two people from the same household, if needed to carry something heavy) will be allowed out of their vehicle to access containers at any one time.

We ask visitors to be courteous of staff and other users to maintain social distancing. Please wash your hands before and after visiting, and wear gloves when on site.

All vehicles apart from trailers listed below and vans with trailers are now allowed back on most sites.

The number of people accessing the sites at any one time is restricted in order to maintain social distancing on site to protect the health of staff and the public.

Vans (including car-derived vans) and any vehicle with a trailer are not able to access Haverhill, as these sites are too small to allow extra time for these vehicles to unload.

Trailers must be no more than 750kg max gross weight, single axle and unbraked. No other trailer size or type is permitted.

A vehicle that has rear seats and back windows and whose prime purpose is to carry passengers is classed as a car. This includes camper vans and twin pick-ups, but does not include car derived vans.

All other vehicles are classed as vans and/or commercial vehicles. E.g. a single cab pick-up is classed as a van/commercial vehicle

Car-derived vans will need to book as a van rather than a car. Car-derived vans, vans and trailers are not accepted at Haverhill or Leiston and you will need to book a slot at your next nearest site. For Haverhill use Sudbury or Bury St Edmunds, and for Leiston use Foxhall or Lowestoft.

Vans with trailers will not be allowed to come to sites at present whilst social distancing measures are in place.

You can take the same materials as usual. See full list of materials accepted on our Recycling Centre rules and charges page.

Please sort your waste to speed up your visit and practise social distancing when moving between containers. Please also observe the waiting signs when accessing containers.

If you are bringing chargeable household DIY waste to site, please let site staff know when you arrive and they will work out how much you have to pay.

Payment will be made through a kiosk to maintain social distancing. Contactless card payment only.

No trade waste is accepted on site at this time.

Plasterboard is only accepted at 4 Recycling Centres:

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Foxhall
  • Lowestoft
  • Stowmarket.

Details of charges can be found here.

Yes. Compost will be available for sale on site. Please let site staff know and contactless card payment will be available at the kiosk.

If you represent a charity or school please contact us in the usual way via with details of the recycling you wish to bring to site.

Thankfully, reports of such incidents in Suffolk have been relatively low but we are closely monitoring the situation.

With sites now open, we should not see any increase in fly-tipping. We would remind people that fly-tipping is a criminal offence that can result in prosecution.

If you're waiting for a booked time slot for your visit, please hold on to your waste until a slot becomes available.

You can find out how to report fly-tipping on our Suffolk Recycling website. 


Sites may have to close temporarily if a container needs to be emptied or compacted, and you may have to wait a little longer to access the site.

In extreme weather conditions or in unforeseen circumstances, sites may have to close for a longer period. In this case you would need to rebook your appointment for another time. Please check @Suffolkrc for up to date information regarding site closures.