A to Z of recycling - F
Find out how to recycle, reduce, re-use and dispose of many items in Suffolk.
Please use the search bar at the top of the page or browse the A to Z to find the item you want to dispose of.
Remember that your item might have more than one name or may be listed under the name of the material it is made of.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) items such as disposable face masks and gloves cannot be recycled in Suffolk, so need to be placed in your general rubbish bin.
Please follow the link below for more information on how to safely to dipose of any PPE or other COVID-19 related waste:
If the lights are broken, try to get them repaired. There are many ‘repair cafes’ springing up in Suffolk or if you are confident, try searching for online repair tutorials.
If they are beyond repair or reuse:
take them to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and place in small electricals items container. Make sure any batteries are removed and recycled in battery container.
Electrical items (mains and battery powered) must not be thrown away in your rubbish bin. They contain small quantities of hazardous material as well as precious metals and should be properly recycled.
You can take fire extinguishers from your home to any Suffolk Recycling Centre, except Halon and BCFs (dispose of these types through the manufacturer or through the hazardous waste collection service provided by district councils).
If the fire extinguishers are not from your household or are from a business, you can either:
- contact the manufacturer or supplier who may collect them
- take them to a Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centre for a charge
To transport waste you will need a waste carriers license.
Never put fireworks, even those which are fully spent, on the bonfire.
Never dispose of them by burying.
Soak fully spent fireworks in a container of water after use (till soaked right though, this could take several hours), then put in your kerbside rubbish bin.
Soak misfired or partly spent fireworks in a container of water in an area where they cannot be tampered with (preferably away from the display site) and contact the manufacturer or supplier for advice on disposal.
Nylon monofilament and braided fishing lines can be recycled as part of the Angler's national line recycling scheme. You can find your nearest recycling point and more about the scheme on the ANLRS website.
If the fishing lines cannot be taken by the above scheme, they are not recyclable, so please place in:
your kerbside rubbish bin
your non-recyclable container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre
Flares cannot be disposed of in your black bin or in the non-recyclable container at the recycling centres.
Please contact the manufacturer for advice on how to dispose of these.
Consider re-using the flooring in sheds or cupboards.
Carpets can also be used as under pond liners, or in the garden as a mulch mat (if it is hessian backed).
Recycle as home compost
You can place small amounts of carpet on top of compost heaps to keep in the heat. This makes the organic material break down more quickly.
If the flooring is not suitable for re-use, you can take it to any Suffolk Recycling Centre.
You can recycle wood flooring in the wood container. However, you will need to dispose of carpet, vinyl or underlay in the non-recyclable container on site.
You could offer them up through an online re-use network or make use of them in your own home as drinks mats!
You cannot put floppy discs in your kerbside recycling bin.
However, you can recycle floppy discs in the rigid plastic container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.
You can recycle clean aluminium foil:
in your kerbside recycling bin
It would be helpful if you could roll aluminium foil up into a tennis sized ball before placing in your kerbside recycling bin.
If a folder has any type of metal in it then it can be recycled in the metal container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre (including ringbinders).
Hard plastic only folders can be placed in the rigid plastic container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.
If the folders are made from thinner plastic, plastic film or mixed materials (which does not include metals) it cannot currently be recycled in Suffolk and will have to go in the kerbside rubbish bin or in the non-recyclable container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.
Reduce and re-use
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Raw fruit and vegetables peelings as well as eggshells can be placed in a standard home compost bin.
Only specialist composting systems such as the HotBin or Bokashi kitchen digester can deal with all cooked food waste.
See a whole range of compost systems at subsidised prices on Suffolk Get Composting.
Do not put any food/drink waste in your recycling bin. You can dispose of unavoidable food waste in your black bin (non-recyclable bin).
Only domestic type fridge and freezers will be accepted at the site, if you have a industrial type fridge or freezers it will likely be classed as trade waste and may not not accepted due to electrical take back scheme restrictions.
See ''large electrical items''
Wherever possible repair broken furniture.
Offer furniture in good condition to charity shops (find your nearest charity here) or through an online reuse network, sell at a car boot sale, jumble sale or online market place. They can also be offered to friends, neighbours or relatives. Furniture in good condition can also be taken to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and placed in the re-use container (ask site staff for details).
Please note: If you want to donate a sofa or upholstered furniture to a charity it needs to have the fire labels still attached otherwise they will not be able to take it.
Take to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and place it in the container appropriate to the material the piece of furniture is made of.
Alternatively, your local borough or district council offers a charged bulky waste collection service.