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.
We accept household waste from your own home for recycling or disposal free of charge at all 11 sites (subject to some restrictions). Select your nearest Recycling Centre here for a full list.
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 or search our A - Z of Recycling.
Waste that has arisen from improvements, repairs and alterations to your home and garden is not classed as household waste (according to the Controlled Waste Regulations) and there a small charge is being made for hardcore, rubble, soil and plasterboard*. Before unloading your vehicle, please report to a member of site staff who will determine the amount you need to pay depending on the amount of material you have. Prices start from £2 per bag, click here for further information.
*Plasterboard is only accepted at 4 sites
Traders carrying waste and recycling from any business operation must pay for their waste. This includes waste that originated from a domestic property. See the chargable trade waste service.
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. If you are a trader, you can bring a van onto site however you will have to pay to dispose of your waste. See the chargable trade waste service costs.
Every Recycling Centre has a donation area where all sorts of re-usable items can be put aside for collection by local charities and third-sector partners who clean, refurbish and put the items to good use. If in doubt, ask site staff to see if you can donate. To see a list of charities that take re-usable items off sites click here. One place that donations are taken is the brand new Re-use Shop at Foxhall recycling centre - click here for more information, or you can follow the shop on Facebook.
Please click here for details of what happens to the different types of recyclable items deposited at the 11 Suffolk sites.
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