St Edmundsbury Kerbside Recycling
Blue recycling bins are collected fortnightly. All recycling should be clean, dry and loose. Contact St Edmundsbury Borough Council directly (using details above) for any queries or issues you may have with your blue bin collections.
What can I recycle in my blue bin?
- Paper and cardboard
- Plastic bottles and containers
- Cans and foil
- Metal Pots, Pans and Trays
Find out more about the Getting Your Recycling Right campaign here.
What more can I do?
The materials below can all go in your kerbside recycling bin. Click for tips to help you reduce, reuse or see other recycling options for these items. Visit our A - Z of Recycling for lots more information about recycling in Suffolk.
Recycle: Aerosol cans can be recycled in your kerbside recycling bin and in most can banks but DO NOT squash them - they could explode! Make sure they are empty. You can also recycle aerosol cans by placing them in the metal container at any of the Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centres. Please remove the plastic cap (which can be put into any kerbside recycling bin). Please note aerosols which have contained paint and other hazardous chemicals cannot be put in the kerbside recycling bin (even if they are empty).Also known as:
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Reduce: Do consider using libraries more who stock the latest titles as well as DVDs, CDs etc.By reducing the number of books we buy, the less of a problem there will be in disposing of them later on. You could also consider getting a e-reader (e.g. Kindle).
Reuse: Pass unwanted books to friends or colleagues. Local charity shops will also be pleased to accept books in good condition.
Recycle: If they are beyond reuse, please take them to any of the Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centres and place in the Mixed media container. All books can also go in your Kerbside recycling bin.Also known as:
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Recycle: Clean cans, tins, metal bottle/jar tops, takeaway carton bases and aluminium foil (please roll up it up into tennis sized ball) can be recycled in your kerbside recycling bin, at any Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centre or in any metal recycling bank. It would be helpful if you could squash or crush your cans.Also known as:
Cans | Steel Tins | Aluminium Cans | Aluminium Foil | Tin FoilGo to A - Z of Recycling ×
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:
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Recycle: Drink and food cartons can be put in your kerbside recycling bin. They also can be taken to any Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling or placed in carton bring banks. To find local carton bring bank locations click hereAlso known as:
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Disposable Coffee Cups
Reduce: Why not buy yourself a reusable coffee cup instead? There are lots of different styles and sizes on offer. Some businesses may even offer money off if you bring your own cup.
Recycle: The coffee cup itself cannot be recycled, however the plastic lid and cardboard sleeve can be. You can recycle the cardboard sleeve and plastic lid in your kerbside recycling bin or in the cardboard and plastic containers at any Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Home Compost: If the cup has a compostable symbol on it (example shown on left) you can compost it at home in your garden.
Disposal: Non-compostable coffee cups cannot be recycled due to the mix of materials in them. They will need to be put in your kerbside rubbish bin or in the non-recyclable container at any Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centre.Also known as:
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Materials Recycling Facility
All the waste from the kerbside recycling bins in Suffolk goes to the Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Great Blakenham run by Viridor. When the recycling reaches this facility it is sorted into paper, card, plastics and metals. Each of these materials are then baled and sent on to be recycled into new products.
Not sure what you can put in your kerbside recycling bin, click here
Want to find out more about the sorting process at the MRF, find more information here.Also known as:
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Metal Pots Pans and Trays
Recycle: You can recycle your metal pots, pans and trays in your kerbside recycling bin, or at any Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centre in the metal container. Please note that glass pan lids CAN NOT be placed in your kerbside bin. Glass pan lids rimmed with metal can go into the scrap metal container at any Household Waste Recycling Centre in the county.
Find out more about the Getting Your Recycling Right campaign here.
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1) The Mailing Preference Service will prevent most unsolicited addressed mail by removing your name from marketing lists based in the UK - Visit their website at www.mpsonline.org.uk or phone 0845 703 4599. To stop the Royal Mail posting unaddressed mail to your home, you must opt out of their service. Contact them at: Freepost RRBT-ZBXB-TTTS, Royal Mail Door to Door Opt Outs, Kingsmead House, Oxpens Road OXFORD, OX1 1RX or email: email@example.com
2) Also consider only printing what you actually need as hard copy. Read the news online or on TV as an alternative to buying a daily newspaper.
Reuse: Use old envelopes, or the blank sides of printed sheets, as note paper.
Recycle: All dry paper can be recycled (apart from shredded paper, kitchen towels and tissues) in the kerbside recycling bin, at any paper bank or at any of the Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Compost: Small scraps of paper and shredded paper which may get lost in the recycling process can be put in your home compost bin and in some kerbside composting bins (to find out more click here).Also known as:
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Plastic Bottles and Food Packaging
Reduce: Wherever possible try and avoid purchasing overpackaged food items (e.g. individually wrapped cake slices) and reuse/refill plastic drinks bottles and containers.
Recycle: Any plastic bottles (including drinks, cleaning and beauty products) and all moulded plastic food packaging (e.g. tubs, pots, inner trays and black plastic) can be recycled. Remember loose bottle tops are too small to survive the pre-sorting process at the recycling facility and won’t get recycled unless you wash and squash your empty plastics bottles and then place the top back on - then recycle in your kerbside recycling bin or in the plastic bottle container at any Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
To check out our spiffing 'Plastics Recycling' webpage as well as find the answers to frequently asked questions about plastics click here.Also known as:
Cleaning Products | Fruit Punnets | Washing and Detergent Bottles | Plastic Bottles and Food Packaging | Meat Trays (Plastic) | Milk Bottles (Plastic) | Sandwich Packets (Plastic moulded) | Sauce Bottles (Plastic) | Shampoo and Conditioner Bottles | Shower Gel Bottles | Tablet and Vitamin Bottles | Yoghurt pots | Bottle Tops (Plastic) | Straws (Plastic) | Roll on Deodorant bottle (Plastic)Go to A - Z of Recycling ×
Recycle: Some charities accept stamps which they will sell on to raise money. A few of examples of charities that will take your stamps are Oxfam, RNIB (Royal National Institute of the Blind) & PDSA. For a larger list see the Used Stamps for Charity webpage.
Also stamps still attached to envelopes can be recycled in your kerbside recycling bin.Also known as:
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Recycle: Catalogues and telephone directories (including Yellow pages) are accepted in kerbside recycling bins and can also be taken to any Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centre and placed in the paper bank.Also known as:
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Reduce: Think about buying an 'experience' present rather than a gift this year
Reuse: Why not try an alternative wrapping paper? For some ideas click here
Recycle: All wrapping paper can be recycled (apart from 'foil effect' and glittery paper) in the kerbside recycling bin or at any of the Suffolk Household Waste Recycling Centres in the paper container.Also known as:
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