Refuse Collections


East Suffolk District Council operates a wheeled bin recycling and refuse collection service, giving residents alternate fortnightly collections of recyclable materials and household refuse that cannot be recycled.

Households have two wheeled bins (in addition to an optionally paid for green/brown bin for garden waste).

  • The blue lidded bin is for recyclable material and should be put out for emptying (along with your optional green/brown bin) on your collection day in each recycling week
  • The grey lidded bin is for household refuse that cannot currently be recycled and should be put out on your collection day during each non-recycling week.
Collection Day

Details of your collection day in each recycling week can be found online at:

Useful notes

  • Your bins should be out ready for emptying at the latest by 6am on collection days as collections start early, and to avoid missing a collection as the time of collection may also change on the day.
  • Present bin at the boundary of your property where your access meets the public highway or other agreed collection point.
  • Don’t force too much waste into a bin as it can stick inside, meaning it won’t come out when emptied
  • Ensure bins do not contain any incorrect items, as it may not be emptied
  • Ensure the lid on bins are closed for collections, otherwise we won’t be able to empty it
  • Take bins in as soon as possible after collection as they can cause a serious obstructions and block access, particularly when left on public pavements and access ways

All bin collections are worked as normal on bank holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Please note the following:

  • Only waste contained within the correct wheeled bin will be collected. Excess waste (side waste) that you cannot fit into your bin must be taken to a household waste recycling centre. Alternatively you can obtain an additional bin for an annual fee.
  • Please do not place loose ash, cinders or any other dusty materials in your wheeled bin - this includes ash from barbeques. All ash, cinders or any other dusty materials must be bagged and the bag sealed, then placed in the grey lidded bin. It must not be placed in the blue lidded bin.

    Loose dust or ash will blow about when the bin is emptied, causing injury to eyes, and is unpleasant to breathe. It will also leave a mess behind.

What can and cannot go in your recycling bin


Further Details

Futher details, including what you can and cannot put in your bins, can be found at:

along with a collection day finder:

If you are not sure of your collection day, or haven't received a calendar, or have lost your copy, contact East Suffolk Services on:

and they will confirm your collection day or send you a new calendar.


Last update on Wednesday 18 Aug 2021 by Alan Comber.

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