Ipswich Kerbside Composting

 Waste and Recycling hotline: (01473) 432099
 Or visit: Ipswich Borough Council's Website                                                                                                                  

Brown Bin - Garden WasteBrown composting bins are collected fortnightly. They can be lined with newspaper to stop the green waste sticking to the bin. Contact Ipswich Borough Council directly (using details above) for any queries or issues you may have with your brown bin collections.

What can I recycle in my brown bin?

  • All garden waste (except Japanese Knotweed and Ragwort)
  • Uncooked fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Cardboard and shredded paper
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Clean straw and hay

What more can I do?

Visit our composting pages to find out how composting your garden waste at home can be easy, good for your pocket and good for the environment.

Click on the pictures below for tips to help you reduce, reuse or see other composting options for these items, or visit our A - Z of Recycling for lots more information about recycling in Suffolk.

Fruit and Vegetable Peelings

Recycle: You can put raw fruit and vegetables and peelings in your kerbside compost bin in Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal.

Home Compost: Raw/ spoilt fruit and vegetable and peelings can be composted in your home compost bin.

Also known as:

Vegetable Peelings | Vegetables (Raw) | Fruit and Vegetable Peelings | Quince | Pumpkins

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Garden Waste

Recycle:  You can recycle garden waste in your kerbside compost bin or at any Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centre in the green container.


Most borough/ district councils will only accept windfall fruit and vegetables (from the garden, not kitchen) in the kerbside compost bin. Ipswich will also accept fruit and vegetables peelings and Suffolk Coastal will accept full food.


Branches going into the kerbside compost bin must be a maximum of 6cm in diameter. If they are any larger please take them to any Suffolk Household Recycling Centre and put them in green container.


Home Compost: All garden waste can be placed in a home composting bin.


Japanese Knotweed and Ragwort require special handling and should not be placed in your kerbside or home composting bin. (See the separate A - Z entries for these weeds to find out more information.)

Also known as:

Dead Plants and Flowers | Garden Waste | Prunings and Twigs | Grass | Leaves | Hedge Clippings | Weeds | Sawdust | Branches | Windfall fruit | Vegetables from Garden

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Shredded Paper

Reduce: Only shred what you need to shred - i.e. only parts of a document that contains personal/ sensitive information. Also signing up to get electronic statements instead of paper copies is also another good way to reduce the need to shred documents.

Reuse: Use shredded paper as packing material to protect items of mail inside their parcel. Soft shredded paper can be used as caged animal bedding. It can also be used as an alternative to confetti.

Recycle:  Shredded paper can be recycled in Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney in the kerbside compost bin but staples and glossy paper need to be removed before to shredding. It can also be recycled in the cardboard container at any Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Home compostShredded paper can also be home composted.

Also known as:

Shredded Paper

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Tea Bags and Coffee Grounds

Recycle: You can put tea bags and coffee grounds in the kerbside compost bin in Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal.

Home Compost: Tea bags (loose and bagged) and coffee grounds can be composted in your home compost bin.

Also known as:

Coffee Grounds | Tea Bags and Coffee Grounds

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Vegetarian Pet Bedding

Home compost: Hutch waste (straw, hay, shredded paper, droppings) from vegetarian animals only (rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs etc) can be home composted.

Recycle: Small amounts of hutch waste from vegetarian animals can also be placed in the kerbside composting bin unless you live in the Forest Heath or in Edmundsbury (but only clean straw and hay can be put in the kerbside composting bin in Ipswich).

Disposal: One manageable bin liner of vegetarian pet waste/ hutch material per week can be placed in the non-recyclable container at any Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Also known as:

Vegetarian Pet Bedding | Pet Waste (Vegetarian)

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