Brown Bin Collections
About the Brown Bin Composting Scheme
The brown bin scheme is proving a real hit with Ipswich residents and covers nearly 46,000 properties across the town. We also offer a 2nd brown bin service to residents on the existing scheme.
The brown composting bins are collected once a fortnight, at the same time as your recycling bin collection. You can use our online tool to find out when the bins will next be emptied in your street:
Please help us by making sure that you put your bin out for collection at the right time and in the right place. Find out more on our Where to put your bin page.
What you can compost
Your brown bin is for composting your garden waste. Please place all of your garden waste loose in the brown bin. There is no need to put it in bags although it can be helpful to put a couple of sheets of newspaper in the bottom of your brown bin, to prevent waste sticking.
Please do not over load your brown bin. Bins that are deemed too heavy may not be emptied.
|Yes please||No thank you|
|Fruit and vegetable peelings||Soil|
|Spoilt fruit and vegetables||Turf|
|Coffee grounds||Landfill waste|
|Grass cuttings||Biodegradable packaging|
|Light garden prunings||Carrier bags|
|Untreated wood||Egg shells|
|Sawdust and pet straw (clean)||Cat litter|
|Shredded paper||Cardboard boxes/egg boxes|
|Real Christmas trees||Invasive plants e.g. Japanese Knotweed|
What happens to your garden waste?
Have you ever wondered what happens to your tree branches, banana skins, shredded gas bill and grass cuttings once they've been collected? The Recycling team have put together a step by step photo guide to help explain the composting process.
Why compost your garden waste?
It is important to compost your garden waste and not just include it in your landfill waste as surprisingly 'green waste' doesn't just rot down harmlessly in landfill, as many people believe.
This is because in landfill, your waste decomposes without oxygen. The oxygen-consuming bacteria, usually responsible for the rotting process, are simply unable to survive in the deep layers of the landfill and instead, anaerobic bacteria break down your organic waste.
The by-products of this process are ozone-depleting methane, which is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, and a toxic liquid called leachate. This means that keeping your green waste out of landfill creates a healthier environment.
Thanks to the commitment of Ipswich residents last year, we diverted nearly 10,000 tonnes of green waste from being sent to landfill.
Garden Waste Bulk Collections
The bulky refuse garden waste collection service costs £25 per collection (prices subject to change).
A green bulk collection consists of up to five securely tied bundles (manageable by one person) of garden waste (tree prunings etc.) removed from your front garden.
Please visit our Garden Waste Bulk Collections page for more information.
Soil improver can be purchased throughout the year from Household Waste Recycling Centres in pre-filled bags. You can call Suffolk County Council on 0845 606 6067 for more details.
Producing your own compost
You could produce your own compost by purchasing a home compost bin. These bins and other accessories are now available for Ipswich residents for as little as £16.98 (+ £5.49 for delivery) for a basic bin.
Details of all the products available can be found by visiting http://www.suffolk.getcomposting.com/ or calling the public order telephone line on 0844 571 4444.
Love food but hate waste?
In the UK we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, shockingly the majority of which could have been eaten.
If you find yourself with leftover food, rather than throw it away take at look at the delicious recipes on the Love Food Hate Waste website. You'll also find useful tips on how to store food correctly and portion planning.
Last Updated: Wednesday 9th October 2013