Suffolk Waste Partnership

Find out who the Suffolk Waste Partnership are and read about their strategy, vision and progress.

Who we are

The Suffolk Waste Partnership (SWP) provide the waste and recycling pages for the Suffolk Recycling website. 

The SWP is a strategic partnership of the county, which works together to continuously improve waste management services throughout Suffolk.

The members of the SWP are:

  • Babergh District Council
  • East Suffolk Council
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • Mid Suffolk District Council
  • Suffolk County Council
  • West Suffolk Council 

Suffolk County, District and Borough Council logos

Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy 

The SWP created a Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy in 2003, covering the period until 2020 (The Strategy). The Strategy set out the strategic framework for the management of municipal waste across the county and received updates in 2008 and 2013. 

You can view the original Strategy and the revised policies below:

In December 2018, HM Government published their Resource and Waste Strategy (RAWS). The Suffolk Waste Partnership (SWP) welcomes this publication and supports its overarching aims to reduce waste, improve recycling and support the development of a circular economy.

At the current time (March 2021), the Government continues to consult on their RAWS proposals with stakeholders. The purpose of these consultations is to establish how any new waste system can effectively work in practice for householders, local authorities, waste management companies, businesses and product producers.

Once the consultation process has concluded, the SWP will then be in a position to consider the implications for Suffolk, agree how to implement any required changes to our current services and update our Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy.

If you would like to read the RAWS, please click the link below:

 Resources and waste strategy for England - GOV.UK 

Our vision

The Strategy was developed by the SWP and formally adopted by all member authorities in October 2003. The preparation of the Strategy was underpinned with the following vision:

The Strategy seeks to minimise levels of waste generated and to manage waste in ways that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

Our progress

The SWP has been highly successful in the 18 years since the adoption of the Strategy. We have endeavoured to continually improve the waste services we provide and this has helped increase the annual amount of Suffolk’s household waste that is re-used, recycled or composted from 26.2% in 2003 to 43.6% in 2019/20. 

This improvement is a huge achievement and testament to residents’ efforts and support. Although the SWP put systems in place, results like this have only been possible thanks to everybody’s participation and support.


The Suffolk Waste Partnership are working with, and as part of, the "Creating the Greenest County" initiative.