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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.

 

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Reduce

Only buy the amount you require for the job (the guidelines on the tin will help you assess this) and use it all up, to avoid leftover paint.

Re-use

Keep any leftover paint for future use, such as recoating or patching.

Read some great tips for keeping paint so it can be used again.

You can also offer any leftover paint to friends, neighbours, relatives if you have no use for it and are unable to store it for future use.

Disposal

         Small amounts (such as less than a quarter tin-full) of emulsion or acrylic paint can, once dry and solid, can be double-bagged and disposed in the kerbside rubbish bin.

or the non-recyclable container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.

To aid the drying process: the lid should be left off, and sand, dirt or sawdust can be added but please ensure the paint has completely solidified before placing in the bin or taking to the Recycling Centre (you may need to leave it for a couple of weeks before disposal).

Solvent-based paints or large quantities of paint cannot be treated in this way and can only be disposed of through the hazardous waste collection service

Re-use

Use old envelopes, or the blank sides of printed sheets, as note paper.

Reduce

Consider only printing what you actually need as hard copy.

Read the news online or on TV as an alternative to buying a daily newspaper. 

The Mailing Preference Service will prevent most unsolicited addressed mail by removing your name from marketing lists based in the UK. Call them on 0845 703 4599.

To stop the Royal Mail posting unaddressed mail to your home, you must opt out of their service. Contact them by email at optout@royalmail.com

Recycle

You can recycle all dry paper (apart from shredded paper, kitchen towels and tissues):

    in the kerbside recycling bin,

 in any paper bank or at any Suffolk Recycling Centre

Recycle as home compost

     Small scraps of paper and shredded paper which may get lost in the recycling process can be put in your home compost bin and in some kerbside composting bins. 

Recycle

   You can put used paper napkins and kitchen towels in the kerbside composting bin (only for Suffolk Coastal and Waveney areas). 

Recycle as home compost

   You can compost used paper napkins and kitchen towels in your home compost bin

For cat & dog waste (including cat litter), see "Cat and dog waste"

For vegetarian pet waste (guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters), see "Vegetarian pet bedding and waste"

Re-use

   Petrol lawnmowers in good condition could be offered to charity shops or through an online re-use network. Find your nearest charity shop.

You might also be able to sell lawnmowers through a car boot sale, jumble sale, or online market.

If it is in good condition, it can also be taken to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and placed in the re-use container (ask site staff for details).

Recycle

   You can recycle petrol lawnmowers in the metal container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre. Please make sure that the petrol tank is completely empty before recycling.

Please remove the section of the pizza box that is greasy and any food waste and put this in your general rubbish bin. 

The rest of the pizza box can go in your recycling bin.

Reduce

Try to avoid printing photographs unnecessarily.

Re-use

Go to online sites such as Freecycle and Freegle to see if anyone is looking for photographs to use in craft projects or you could make a collage using them.

Disposal

Photographs are not recyclable. You will need to put them:

        in your kerbside rubbish bin

in the non-recyclable container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre

For advice on plastic plant pots, see "Plastic (Hard)"

For advice on ceramic or terracotta plant pots, see "Crockery"

You can also take old plant pots to your local B&Q store for recycling, make sure the pots are clean

Recycle

   Only 4 Household Waste Recycling Centres can take plasterboard: 

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Foxhall
  • Lowestoft
  • Stowmarket

You will be charged for disposing of plasterboard at the Recycling Centres:

Volume Charge
Up to 3 sheets or equivalent  £2.50 per sheet 
4 – 8 sheets or equivalent £5 per sheet 
Half transit van or equivalent  £50 
Full transit van or equivalent  £100
Double wheeled van or equivalent   £200

Plasterboard must not be contaminated with other materials such as tiles, wood or insulation and must be kept dry. If contaminated it will not be accepted at Recycling Centres or in your general rubbish bin, it needs to be dealt with by a private waste contractor.

Reduce

Wherever possible, try and avoid purchasing overpackaged food items (such as individually wrapped cake slices) and reuse/refill plastic drinks bottles and containers.

Why not take a re-usable bottle with you and refill it, rather than buying a new plastic bottle on the go? The Refill scheme allows you to find your nearest re-fill station across the UK, just download the app to get started! If you come across a refill point that isn’t listed or want to set one up yourself, contact them to let them know!

Recycle

You can recycle any plastic bottles (including drinks, cleaning and beauty products) and all moulded plastic food packaging (such as tubs, pots, inner trays, egg boxes and black plastic).

Loose bottle tops are too small to survive the pre-sorting process at the recycling facility. They won’t get recycled unless you wash and squash your empty plastics bottles and then place the top back on.

You can then recycle:

    in your kerbside recycling bin

 in the plastic bottle container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre

Reduce

When shopping, don't accept unwanted plastic bags - take reusable bags with you.

Re-use

Plastic bags can be re-used as bin liners or dog litter bags.

      Some charity shops may accept plastic bags for re-use.

Recycle

Some of the bigger supermarket stores have collection bins for plastic bags, food bags and plastic film but you will need to check in store in advance.

Disposal

Plastic bags and film can't be put in your kerbside recycling bin or recycled at the Suffolk Recycling Centres.

Bags brought to the Recycling Centres will have to put in general non-recyclable due to increasing difficulty finding markets for this material or they can go in your general rubbish bin at home.

Recycle

Some larger supermarkets have collection bins for plastic bags, food bags and plastic film but you will need to check with the store in advance.

Disposal

Plastic bags and film cannot be put in your kerbside recycling bin or recycled at the Suffolk Recycling Centres.

Bags brought to the Recycling Centres will have to put in general non-recyclable due to increasing difficulty finding markets for this material or they can go in your general rubbish bin at home.

Reduce 

Wherever possible repair broken hard plastic items such as plastic: toys, homeware, gardenware and accessories. 

Reuse 

  Charity or re-use shop  Hard plastic items in good condition could be offered to charity shops or through an online reuse network. Find your nearest charity shop.

You might also be able to sell some hard plastic items through a car boot sale, jumble sale, or online market. Offer unwanted items to friends, neighbours or relatives.  

Recycle 

Household Waste Recycling CentreHard plastic items are not accepted in your kerbside recycling collection bin but can be recycled at any Suffolk Recycling Centre in the rigid plastic container.

Disposal

Polystyrene, plastic netting, food packets, cellophane, toothpaste tubes and hose pipes are made from a plastic that cannot currently be recycled in Suffolk.

Put non-recyclable plastics:

      in your kerbside rubbish bin

 in the non-recyclable container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre

For advice on Ceramic plates see, "Crockery"

For advice on Plastic plates see, "Hard Plastics"

Re-use

   Offer hard plastic items in good condition to charity shops or through an online re-use network.

Sell through a car boot sale, jumble sale, or online market.

Offer unwanted items to friends, neighbours or relatives.

Recycle

You cannot recycle hard plastic potties in your kerbside recycling bin. 

 However, you can recycle hard plastic potties at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.

Reduce

Consider using scrunched up newspaper, plain dry popped corn or breaking down old polystyrene packaging for posting fragile items rather than buying new packaging.

Disposal

You cannot currently recycle polystyrene in Suffolk. Please put these:

     in your kerbside rubbish bin

in the non-recyclable container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre

Note - Packing peanuts can also be made from compostable corn-starch. For more information see "corn starch packing peanuts"

Re-use

   Offer items in good condition to charity shops or through an online re-use network.

Sell through a car boot sale, jumble sale, or online market.

Offer unwanted items to friends, neighbours or relatives.

Recycle

Pyrex items can be recycled in the flat glass container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.