Guide to waste and recycling

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Your bin collections

Black, blue and brown bin collections are running as normal. It is likely that collections may take place earlier or later than usual so please ensure your bins are at the front of your property by 6am on your scheduled collection day.

Residents should continue to use their recycling and rubbish collection services as normal.

Households that are self-isolating should follow the Government’s advice about the disposal of waste which states:

  • Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.
  • These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste.
  • They should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your black bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

During this time we ask that you do your best to reduce what goes in your black bin and recycle as much as you can in your blue bin. Read more about reducing your waste and find out what can and can't go in your blue bin 

If, despite your best efforts, you are ending up with excess waste, we will collect a reasonable amount of bagged material that is alongside your black bin at this time. Please ensure any additional waste is double bagged and stored securely until your next collection – we will not collect material that isn’t securely bagged.

If you have more recycling than you can fit in your blue bin, please use a cardboard box to safely contain flat packed cardboard and put it beside your bin on the day of your collection, this will leave room in your bin for plastic bottles, cans, plastic tubs and trays etc.

Additional garden waste waste will not be collected so please ensure that it is stored securely until your next collection.

Where possible we would encourage residents to compost excess garden waste at home. Read Suffolk Recycling’s guide on home composting. For those who can’t compost, we ask that you temporarily store excess garden waste until you can empty it into your brown bin.

Please don’t have bonfires in your garden – bonfires are fire risks and smoke can affect those self-isolating with respiratory issues. If bonfires are becoming a persistent problem in your area contact Environmental Health via email at or via phone on 01473 432000.

Other waste services

Our bulky waste and commercial waste services remain unaffected.

Following temporary closures, Suffolk County Council have reopened Suffolk Recycling Centres for pre-booked appointments. Read more about how to book a time slot to visit your local Recycling Centre.

Textile banks are closed until further notice, please keep your items at home until you can recycle them safely.

Contact Details

Ipswich Borough Council,
Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432000