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Using your brown bin

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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 second brown bin service to residents on the existing scheme.


The brown composting bins are collected once a fortnight. You can use our online tool to find out when the bins will next be emptied in your street:

Please do not over load your brown bin. Bins that are deemed too heavy may not be emptied.

Brown bins come in two sizes: small (140 litres) and large (240 litres). If you would like to change the size of your bin please let us know.

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.

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

What can you put in your brown bin?

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.

Yes pleaseNo thank you
Fruit and vegetable peelingsSoil
Spoilt fruit and vegetablesTurf
Coffee groundsHousehold waste
Grass cuttingsBiodegradable packaging
Light garden pruningsCarrier bags
Hedge trimmingsStones
Untreated woodEgg shells
Sawdust and pet straw (clean)  Cat litter
WeedsAnimal waste/faeces

Dead flowers




Shredded paperCardboard boxes/egg boxes
Real Christmas trees

Invasive plants e.g. Japanese Knotweed

It is important to separate your garden waste and not include it in your black (rubbish) bin.

Thanks to the commitment of Ipswich residents last year, around 10,000 tonnes of green waste was sent for processing into compost at the local plant at Cliff Quay.

Garden Waste Bulk Collections

The bulky refuse garden waste collection service costs £36 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 Disposing of garden waste page for more information. 

Soil improver

Soil improver can be purchased throughout the year from Household Waste Recycling Centres in pre-filled bags. You can call Suffolk County Council on 0345 606 6067 for more details.

Producing your own compost

Ipswich Borough Council has teamed up with getcomposting.com to provide exclusive offers on home compost bins, water butts and accessories. Go to www.getcomposting to view the latest offers.

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.

For more advice on how to reduce your food waste watch the video Make Food Waste History.

Contact Details

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

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01473 433090