Waveney Kerbside Composting
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What can I recycle in my green bin?
- Grass, leaves and weeds (except Japanese Knotweed and Ragwort)
- Flowers and plants
- Branches (not more than 6cm thick), twigs and prunings
- Windfall fruit
- Eggboxes and shredded paper
- Fruit and vegetable waste from the garden (not kitchen waste)
- Waste from a vegetarian pet (hutch material)
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.
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 | CardsGo to A - Z of Recycling ×
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:
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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 GardenGo to A - Z of Recycling ×
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:
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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 compost: Shredded paper can also be home composted.Also known as:
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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)Go to A - Z of Recycling ×