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Using your blue bin

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In 2016/17 Ipswich residents recycled 11,427 tonnes of their waste via the blue bins. 


Blue bins are emptied once a fortnight on your recycling week. 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. Further guidance can be found on our Where to put your bin page.

Further information about your waste collections is available in the guidance document below:

Household waste collection arrangements and guidance

What happens next

Once your blue bin has been collected the contents are taken to a sorting facility at Great Blakenham. The material is put onto a conveyor belt and sorted using magnets and machinery, as well as by hand.

Take a look at our video clip to learn more!

Need a larger blue bin?

Blue bins are available in three sizes: small (140 litre), standard (240 litre) and large (360 litre). If you are struggling to fit all your recycling into your current blue bin you can request a larger blue bin.

If you do not have a blue bin and use clear recycling sacks and need to request a further supply you can request for household sacks.

What you can recycle

Your blue bin is for recycling clean, dry items such as paper, cans, cardboard and rigid plastic food containers. And now you can recycle even more at home. Food and drink cartons, aerosol cans, books and metal pots, pans and trays can also go into your blue bin. Please put all of your recyclable materials loose into the bin. Do not use bags. Empty, wash and squash plastic bottles and put the lid back on.

View our simple guide to what CAN and CAN'T go in your blue bin in Suffolk.

YES please!

  • Paper (not shredded)
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines/Brochures
  • Books (hard and paperback)
  • Telephone directories
  • Yellow Pages
  • Junk Mail
  • Envelopes
  • Catalogues
  • Wrapping paper
  • Greeting cards
  • Cardboard
  • Cereal boxes
  • Washing powder boxes
  • Food and drink cans/tins
  • Aluminium foil
  • Plastic* - such as plastic bottles, yoghurt pots, shampoo bottles, cleaning bottles.
  • Food and drink cartons (such as Tetra-paks)
  • Aerosol cans (no paint, fertilizer, weed killers or similar hazardous contents)
  • Metal pots, pans and trays (no utensils, knives etc.)

*If you are unsure whether a plastic item can be recycled in your blue bin do the 'scrunch test' - scrunch up the item in your hand and if it can be completely squashed, for example like cling film or plastic wrappers, it should NOT go in the blue bin. If it will not scrunch and is solid, like plastic bottles or yoghurt pots, it CAN go in.

NO thank you!

  • Glass
  • Crisp packets
  • Polystyrene
  • Textiles, shoes, bags (donate to charity or local textile bank)
  • Tools**
  • Shredded paper (can go in brown bin)
  • String and wire
  • Video tape cassettes and cases
  • Carrier Bags and black sacks
  • DVDs/CDs
  • Hard plastic such as buckets, plant pots and toys
  • Coat Hangers
  • Electrical items (take small electricals to local WEEE banks)

** You may wish to contact Tools With A Mission, a local charity that may be able to collect your old or unwanted tools.

Some items that cannot go in your blue bin can still be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

The Suffolk A-Z of Recycling helps you find out all the ways you can recycle.

Useful tips

  • Crushed waste takes up less space, so rinse and crush all cans, tins and plastic bottles;
  • Use your old washing up water to clean your tins and bottles, that way you aren't using extra water


Are you a keen recycler?  Do you think you could reduce what you throw away?  Then give the Rubbish Diet a try - you'll be amazed how easy it is and you might even save yourself some money in the process!

Contact Details

Waste and Recycling,
Gipping House,
7 Whittle Road,
Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate,

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01473 433090