What do we throw away?

Did you know over half of the average rubbish bin in Suffolk could actually have been avoided or recycled.

When recyclable materials are placed in the rubbish bin there is an environmental cost, as it cannot be recycled. We all have an important role to play in ensuring that recyclable materials are recovered rather than sent for more costly disposal.

In 2019 we carried out a waste composition analysis which showed us the make up of Suffolk's rubbish bins. The bubbles show the results and the items that end up in the rubbish bin that can easily be recycled or reduced (e.g. at home, at bring banks or home composted). Click on the bubbles below to find out more:

34.9% is food waste - link to "Reduce your food waste" webpage

Did you know over half the waste in Suffolk's rubbish bins could have been reduced or recycled?

A small proportion of the remaining waste can be
recycled at Suffolk's Recycling Centres (e.g. wood,
electricals and hard plastics). Electricals can also be
recycled at electrical banks across Ipswich and East Suffolk.

Recyclable: paper (2.13% of bin), card (1.51% of bin), plastic (2.53% of bin) and metal (1.8% of bin) – link to “kerbside recycling bin” webpage

4.19% is recyclable textiles - link to "Reduce your textiles waste" webpage

5.5% is garden waste- link to "Home composting" webpage

5.7% Glass bottles and jars - link to "Glass Recycling" webpage


If you'd like even more detail, see the countywide table which was produced following the analysis: 2019 Suffolk Waste Composition Analysis results (PDF)