Waste and recycling

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 rubbish tip or Household Waste Recycling Centre

Get opening times of your nearest tip or Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).

You can take household items for reuse, 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's no charge for the disposal of domestic (household) waste.

Find other items that can or cannot be recycled in the A to Z of recycling on the Green Suffolk website.

Donate items at Recycling Centres

Donate items for reuse at all Suffolk Recycling Centres that can be supplied to the Foxhall Reuse 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 waste

You'll be charged for disposing trade waste at any HWRC.

Checking for closures, for example due to severe weather

Hear first about closures of Household Waste Recycling Centres on Twitter @Suffolkhwrc.

How councils in Suffolk manage waste and recycling

Household waste and recycling services in Suffolk are provided in partnership by the 7 district and borough councils and Suffolk County Council. 

What does the county council do?

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

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

What does the district or borough council do?

District and borough councils in Suffolk are responsible for all household waste collections including recycling, garden waste and rubbish for disposal and clearing fly tipping.

Contact your local district or borough council to:

  • find out when your household rubbish is collected (or refuse collections)
  • find out what recycling can and can’t 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?

See what you can recycle and compost and have collected from your home on the Suffolk Recycling website.

How can I reduce and reuse my household waste?

Find advice and tips on ways to reduce or reuse 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.

For other information about recycling, reusing and reducing visit Green Suffolk website.