About The Campaign

Suffolk is one of the best counties in England when it comes to recycling and you are currently helping to recycle 50.1% of our household waste in 2016/17. The materials you recycle can then be turned back into new products – for example yesterday’s old tin can could become tomorrow’s new toaster!

We want to say a huge thank you to you all for recycling so much of Suffolk’s rubbish.  Great work everyone!


So What’s The Campaign About?

Even though we are recycling more than half of Suffolk’s waste, we are still getting a lot of the wrong stuff in the recycling bins.

Contamination (this is what we call the stuff in the recycling bins we can’t recycle) is on the up and if levels continue to rise, there will be a cost both to the taxpayer and the environment. Something we all want to avoid!

The ‘Getting your Recycling Right’ campaign is designed to give you all the information you need about what can and can’t go in your recycling bin to help us waste less and save more for Suffolk.

To be sure to know what should and shouldn’t go in your recycling bin go to “What you can and can’t recycle“.

When Is My Recycling Bin Collected?

Your recycling bin is collected once a fortnight and the collection day will vary depending on where you live in Suffolk, so if you’re unsure about when to put your bin out please ring your local council. You can find all their numbers by visiting our Contact Page.


What Else Can I Do To Help?

There are loads of other things you can do to reduce your household waste. Why not try one of these ideas:


  • Think about the products you buy: Have you ever bought something from the shops and thought “Wow there’s a lot of packaging on this”? Next time you go shopping think about the products you buy and try to choose the ones that have less packaging.


  • Reduce your food waste: Did you know we throw away 20% of the food we buy? This is costing the average family £700 per year. Why not watch our video and find out how you can save money and help the environment?


  • Take the Rubbish Diet Challenge: Why not visit the Rubbish Diet website and find out how you can help “Slim Your Bin”!


  • Re-use, Re-use, Re-use! There are many charity groups in Suffolk that will gladly accept donations of many kinds. So rather than throw your old clothes, games, films, cds, books and other bric-a-brac in the rubbish bin, why not donate it to your local charity group or shop. Don’t forget there are some charity groups who may even want your old chairs, sofas, beds and furniture. You’ll be helping both the environment and a good cause. Find your local charity shop here.

Finally, have a look at Bernie’s Tips for more information and tips on how to reduce, re-use and recycle, and don’t forget to visit our recycling A-Z to find out about a whole host of other things that can be recycled across Suffolk.