Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)
Suffolk County Council currently provide 11 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) throughout Suffolk. They are located at Bury, Felixstowe, Foxhall, Hadleigh, Haverhill, Ipswich, Leiston, Lowestoft, Mildenhall, Stowmarket and Sudbury (see map below for site location and details).
|April to September||9am - 5pm (Monday to Saturday)|
|October to March||9am - 4pm (Monday to Saturday)|
|Sundays & Bank Holidays||10am - 4pm (All year round)|
|CLOSED||Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day|
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There may be queues at busy periods, particularly Bank Holidays and Weekends, so please be patient. It helps enormously if you have sorted your waste before you arrive so that your time on site is reduced. For a full list of site rules click here.
All of the sites are self-service, with trolleys provided to help with heavy items. Site staff will provide assistance if requested. Make sure you wear sensible footwear.
What types of waste are not accepted?
We accept household waste from your own home (subject to some restrictions) for recycling or disposal free of charge at all 11 sites. Traders are able to recycle or dispose of the same range of materials through the chargable trade waste service.
Some materials are not accepted on sites: cat/dog poo, asbesto, clinical waste, explosives, radioactive waste and liquid paint. For more information and details on other restricted items click here.
Can I take a van onto site?
As long as the waste is from your own home (domestic waste) you can bring a van onto any of the Household Waste Recycling Centre sites and dispose of your waste for free. You may however be asked by a member of staff to sign a form stating that the waste is not from a trade/ business source.
Can I donate for Reuse?
Some of the items that are brought into Household Waste Recycling Centres are in good enough condition to reuse - each site now has a reuse area. Working with local charities and not-for-profit sector partners, materials with resale value are put aside so that they can be taken and refurbished for sale or for use. To be able to see a list of charities that take reusable items off sites click here.
What happens to the waste I recycle at Household Waste Recycling Centres?
Please click here for details of what happens to the different types of recyclable items deposited at the 11 Suffolk sites.
Compost for sale
25 litre bags of high quality soil-improver are available to purchase for £2 from each of the 11 centres. This is made from garden waste which is processed at a large scale compost facility in the county.
Contact us - If you have any specific queries about the Household Waste Recycling Centres not covered here, or you wish to make a comment, telephone 03456 066 067 or email us at Waste.Management@suffolk.gov.uk