Waste site visits

Find out about visits to the recycling sorting facility, recycling centre and energy from waste facility.

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

Suffolk's energy-from-waste facility

Visitors being shown around the 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 to explores their purpose built, interactive visitor centre 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. Alternatively the community liaison officer may be able to visit your school or group. 

We also run monthly open days where individuals can sign up for tickets. These can be found at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK open day at the Suffolk EfW.

Recycling centres

Our recycling education team talking to the public at an event.

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 Clarke 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

Recycling in the tipping hall at the material 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. 

The Suffolk Waste Partnership run tours of the facility where adult groups can have a look around to see what happens, learn more about recycling and have an opportunity to ask questions . The tours take place on selected Wednesday evenings at 5pm-7pm, February – November.

If you are interested in a group visit, please contact Waste Management waste.management@suffolk.gov.uk.

Individuals can sign up for tickets via Eventbrite. Events will appear as they are made ‘live’.

Please note: this tour is not available to children (visitors must be 18+). Tours are limited and are available on a first come first served basis.