Living in a flat doesn't mean you can't recycle! We provide most flats with blue recycling bins for paper, card & books, plastic containers, food and drink cans and empty aerosol cans.
Your communal blue bin is for recycling clean, dry items such as paper, cans, cardboard and rigid plastic food and drink containers. Please put all of your recyclable materials loose into the blue bin provided.
To assist you with taking your recycling to your communal bin area we may be able to supply you with a reusable, recycling bag. To register your interest please email us.
These items can go in your blue bin:
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.
Around 30,000 tonnes of waste is collected every year from the black bins in Ipswich. That’s an average of 500 kgs (half a tonne) of waste from each home in Ipswich. Some of that waste could have been recycled.
To help minimise the amount of waste you put in your black bin, please check what can go in your blue bin and make sure that you recycle as much as you can.
Your black bin is for any waste that cannot be recycled, such as:
The Suffolk A-Z of Recycling helps you find out all the ways you can recycle.
Please DO NOT put the following items in your bin. They must be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.
The best way to dispose of your unwanted glass bottles and jars is to take them to the special glass banks around town, as unfortunately glass cannot go in your blue bins. This is for two main reasons:
A list of where you can recycle glass is available on our Glass recycling locations page.
We may also be able to provide glass recycling bins for your communal bin area. Please contact us for more details.
If you're concerned about the condition of your communal bin area or have any questions please contact us using the details on the left of this page. We can assist in a number of ways by making sure that damaged bins are repaired or replaced as well as monitoring any incidents of overflowing bins.