Waste services and COVID-19

There may be changes to your usual recycling and waste services in Suffolk. Precautions are being considered and may be put in place to ensure Coronavirus is not spread via your waste. We will keep this page and our social media channels updated.

During the crisis we have managed to maintain waste and recycling collections throughout the county and we thank our waste collection crews and those working behind the scenes at the energy from waste facility and the recycling sorting facility, who have all made this possible. Please follow this link for a joint statement on behalf of the waste industry. 

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and potential increases in staff sickness and/or absentee levels, certain recycling and waste services may be impacted. This may result in changes to your normal bin collections at short notice.

How to get rid of your waste if you are either self-isolating or confirmed to have Coronavirus

Any individuals who are self-isolating, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have Coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread.

  • Individuals should place all personal waste such as personal protective equipment (PPE), used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner.
  • This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied.
  • These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection

Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.

Recycling centres re-open by appointment only

A new online booking system is now in place at all of  Suffolk’s Recycling Centres.  This appointment-only system is necessary to help reduce traffic disruption and queueing on roads around the sites and help manage additional demand on the waste sites. There are also new temporary restrictions and guidelines in place at all sites to ensure the safety of staff and public.

Find out more and book your Recycling Centre slot here.

Changes to recycling and waste collections

Garden Waste Bin collections have now been re-instated in all districts across Suffolk

For ideas to help manage your garden waste in the interim please visit our Top Tips page. More information on compost bin offers can be found here https://suffolkrecycling.org.uk/reduce-your-waste/home-composting

All local councils across Suffolk are working hard to minimise the impact on your recycling and waste collections and we appreciated your understanding in these challenging circumstances.

For the latest information from your local District or Borough Council please follow the links below:


West Suffolk

East Suffolk

Babergh/ Mid Suffolk

You can also keep up to date by following @suffolkrecycles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Waste Management Advice for Care Homes in Suffolk

Here is the current waste management guidance for Care Homes.

Care Homes in Suffolk should refer to this guidance which has been developed by Public Health Suffolk. Should you require further information please contact your waste collection provider directly