Waste site visits


Site visits to the energy from waste facility (EfW) and materials recycling facility are temporarily suspended. However we are currently offering virtual tours of the EfW. Our Recycling Centre and EfW education officers may be able to visit your group or school.

Please see contact details for EfW and Recycling Centres below.

Want to find out what happens to your waste after you have put it in your bin or taken it to a Suffolk Recycling Centre? 

Visit our Suffolk Waste facilities or have a group talk to find out!

Suffolk's energy-from-waste Facility 

public on tour at Energy from Waste Facility

If you think Suffolk’s general rubbish bin (non-recyclable) waste goes to landfill – think again!

Since 2014, general rubbish gets taken to the energy-from-waste facility at Great Blakenham which uses the waste as a fuel to produce energy.

As part of the visit, guests will receive a guided tour of the energy-from-waste facility and get a chance two explore their two purpose built, interactive visitors centres which explore waste, energy and the environment.  

Adults, schools groups and clubs are all welcome. Children must be aged 7+.

Please email suffolkefw.uk@suez.com for more details and to arrange a visit.

Catch up with the 2021 Heritage Open Days webinar. In early September, the Suffolk energy-from-waste facility took park in the national Heritage Open Days festival for the third year running. If you missed the webinar, a recording is now avaliable here. 

Recycling centres

recycling centre tour with work done at tour

Our Recycling Centres in Suffolk accept many items for recycling that can’t be collected at home.

The Recycling Centre Information and Education Manager, Sarah Clark offers range of enthusiastic talks at community groups and schools as well as the possibility of arranging a visit to a Recycling Centre near you.

For more information about organising a free talk or visit, please contact Sarah.Clarke@fccenvironment.co.uk

Materials recycling facility

tour of Materials of recycling facility

Everything that you put in your recycling bin at home goes to the newly upgraded Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) site in Great Blakenham. 

Here the materials are sorted and separated into bales of card, paper, metals and plastics. 

Suffolk Waste Partnership run tours of the facility where schools and groups can have a look around to see what happens, take part in a sorting activity and learn more about recycling. 

Adults, schools groups and clubs are all welcome. Children must be aged 7+.

Please contact Waste Management waste.management@suffolk.gov.uk

Note - There are only limited tours available on a first come first served basis.