Suffolk Coastal Kerbside Composting

 
 Waste Management team: (01394) 444000 
 Or email: scsltd@ncsgrp.co.uk
 Or visit: Suffolk Coastal District Council’s website                                                                                                                                                       
 

Brown Bin - Garden WasteBrown composting bins are collected fortnightly. Contact Suffolk Coastal District 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)
  • Cooked and uncooked food (incl. meat, fish, bread and dairy)
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Cardboard and shredded paper
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Waste from a vegetarian pet (hutch material)

(For a printable list of what can go in your brown bin in Suffolk Coastal click here.)

What happens to the collected waste?

All garden and food waste collected from the kerbside in Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils is taken to an In-Vessel composting facility at Parham to be made into soil improver. To find out how this happens click here.

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.

Bread

Reduce/Reuse: For food waste reduction tips and ideas for meals made from leftovers see the Love Food, Hate Waste website.

Recycle: You can only put processed food such as bread and cooked rice or pasta in Suffolk Coastal kerbside compost bins.

Home Compost: No cooked or processed food can be put in a standard home compost bin. Only specialist composting systems such as the HotBin or Bokashi kitchen digester can deal with all food waste. To see these and a whole range of other composting systems at subsidised prices click here.

Also known as:

Bread | Rice | Pastries | Pasta

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Cardboard

Reuse: Cardboard boxes are ideal for moving and often in demand, try advertising boxes for reuse on online reuse networks such as Freecycle or Freegle.

Recycle: They can be recycled in your kerbside recycling bin or in the cardboard container at any Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centre. Small amounts can be composted in some kerbside compost bins (see below).

Home Compost: Cardboard can be put into your compost bin and is a particularly good way of reducing smells and increasing the effectiveness of your compost bin as it provides air pockets. It's more effective if scrunched into handful sized bits.

Also known as:

Cardboard | Toilet Roll Tubes | Cards

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Cardboard Egg Boxes

Home Compost: Cardboard egg boxes, toilet and kitchen roll inner-tubes are made from low-grade cardboard so have little recycling value. However if torn up and placed in a home compost bin they provide a good source of carbon into the compost mix and create natural air-pockets which help the composting process.

Recycle: Non-glossy egg boxes can go in kerbside composting bins in Suffolk Coastal and Waveney or in the cardboard container at any Suffolk Household Waste Recyling Centre.

Also known as:

Cardboard Egg Boxes

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Cooked Food

Reduce/Reuse: For food waste reduction tips and ideas for meals made from leftovers see the Love Food, Hate Waste website.

Recycle: Only Suffolk Coastal residents can put cooked food, raw meat and fish (including bones) in their kerbside composting bin.

Home Compost: No cooked or processed food can be put in a standard home compost bin. Only specialist composting systems such as the HotBin or Bokashi kitchen digester can deal with all cooked food waste. To see these and a whole range of other composting systems at subsidised prices click here.

Also known as:

Cooked Food | Vegetables (Cooked) | Meat | Fish | Bones | Kitchen Scraps

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Dairy

Reduce/Reuse: For food waste reduction tips and ideas for meals made from leftovers see the Love Food, Hate Waste website.

Recycle: You can only put dairy food products in Suffolk Coastal kerbside compost bins.

Home Compost: No dairy food products can be put in a standard home compost bin. Only specialist composting systems such as the HotBin or Bokashi kitchen digester can deal with all food waste. To see these and a whole range of other composting systems at subsidised prices click here.

Also known as:

Dairy | Cheese | Milk | Cream | Yoghurt | Ice Cream

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Eggs

Reduce/Reuse: For food waste reduction tips and ideas for meals made from leftovers see the Love Food, Hate Waste website.

Recycle: You can only put eggs and eggshells in Suffolk Coastal kerbside compost bins.

Home Compost: Crushed eggshells can be put into your home compost bin as they add calcium and other nutrients to the compost. Cooked egg cannot be put in a standard home compost bin. Only specialist composting systems such as the HotBin or Bokashi kitchen digester can deal with all cooked food waste. To see these and a whole range of other composting systems at subsidised prices click here.

Also known as:

Eggshells | Eggs

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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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Paper Napkins

Recycle: Used paper napkins and kitchen towels can be put in the kerbside composting bin in Suffolk Coastal and Waveney only.

Home Compost: Used paper napkins and kitchen towels also can be composted in your home compost bin.

Also known as:

Paper Napkins | Kitchen Towels

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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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