Brown bin changes 2019

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The contents accepted in brown garden waste bins change on 1st May 2019


Q: Where do I put my food waste from 1st May 2019?

A: Ipswich Borough Council continues to collect kitchen waste but we ask that residents place all kitchen waste in their black bin rather than their brown bin

Q: Doesn’t black bin waste just get taken to the landfill?

A: No, black bin waste goes to the Energy from Waste Plant at Great Blakenham (rather than landfill) and helps to generate electricity - in an average year the Plant produces enough power for 30,000 homes.  

Q: Why was my brown bin not emptied?

A: If you have put kitchen waste in your brown bin it won’t be collected. The collection crew will put a green sticker on the lid to tell you that it’s been rejected as the contents include kitchen waste. If your brown bin has not been emptied and a green sticker has not been left on it then please report it as a “missed bin” at

Q: Will the service still be free to residents?

A:  Yes, we remain the only council in Suffolk not to levy an additional charge to residents for a garden waste service.

Q: How can I cut down on my food waste?

A: To cut down on your food waste you can also consider planning your food shopping and thinking about how you can use up your leftovers in other meals. The Love Food Hate Waste website contains many ideas on how to plan your shopping and meals, recipes to use your leftovers and further advice.

Q: I am interested in producing my own compost, how can I?

A: IBC has teamed up with to provide exclusive offers on home compost bins, water butts and accessories. Go to  to view the latest offers.

Q:  I have an additional brown bin via an annual subscription - will the changes affect that too?

A: Yes, the contents will be exactly the same as your free garden waste bin. Your brown bin is for composting your garden waste only. Please place all of your garden waste loose in the brown bin. There is no need to put it in bags of any type. Please do not use compostable, plastic, biodegradable or corn starch bags.


Contact Details

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

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01473 432000