Getting your recycling right in Suffolk

Hello! I’m Bernie the binman and I just wanted to give you a big welcome to the Suffolk Recycle website.

I love talking to people about how we can recycle even more. That’s why I’m so pleased to have the chance to tell you about all the things you can and can’t recycle in Suffolk. We’re doing really well with our recycling but we’re still getting a lot of unsuitable items in the recycling bin, which is causing us quite a few problems at the sorting facility. These unsuitable items can be dangerous, have an impact on the environment and ultimately costs taxpayers more money to clean up.

But don’t worry – I’m here to help you get it right!

First of all, there is some new information about bottle tops and textiles:

  • Anything smaller than 4cm, such as loose bottle tops won’t get recycled as they fall through the sorting process. However, you can recycle your bottle tops by simply washing and squashing your plastic bottles and putting the tops back on.
  • Textiles and clothes can no longer go in your recycling bin, either bagged or loose. Please donate your clothing to charity shops, or take it to your nearest recycling banks.

Find a full list of what CAN and CAN’T go in your recycling bin click here.


All recyclable waste collected from Suffolk households is taken to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Great Blakenham to be sorted and baled before being sent on for recycling. This facility is designed to only accept and process certain materials. If the wrong items are delivered, they have to be removed, sometimes by hand, which is a really unpleasant and potentially dangerous job! They can also cause problems with the sorting machinery and it can spoil all the good stuff you’ve put in there too. You might not believe it but around 1500 used nappies are picked out of the recycling every day – shocking I know!

In Suffolk we are recycling more than half of our household waste and that’s really something to be proud of.  Getting it right means together we can recycle even more!

You’ll find lots of useful information on our site and don’t forget to see our latest video too!

Bye for now,


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