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Find out how to recycle, reduce, re-use and dispose of many items in Suffolk.

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Remember that your item might have more than one name or may be listed under the name of the material it is made of.

 

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For advice on Plastic sauce bottles, see "Plastic bottles and food packaging"

For advice on Glass sauce bottles, see "Glass bottles and jars"

Recycle

Kerbside composting binYou can only recycle clean sawdust in your kerbside compost bin Sawdust must be from untreated wood, (unpainted or un-varnished wood) you cannot put sawdust used for animal bedding into your kerbisde compost bin.

You can recycle untreated sawdust at any Suffolk Recycling Centre in the green container.

Recycle as home compost

Home compost binYou can compost sawdust from untreated wood in a home composting bin.

For advice on hard plastic sewing needles, see "Plastic (Hard)"

For advice on metal sewing needles, see "Metal"

Recycle

You can recycle all shampoo and conditioner bottles.

Loose bottle tops are too small to survive the pre-sorting process at the recycling facility. They won’t get recycled unless you wash and squash your empty plastics bottles and then place the top back on.

You can then recycle:

   Kerbside recycling binin your kerbside recycling bin

Household Waste Recycling Centre in the plastic bottle container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre

To find more information about which plastics you can and can't recycle see our "plastic" entries

Re-use

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.

Reduce

Only shred what you need to shred, such as only parts of a document that contains personal or 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. 

Recycle

  Kerbside composting bin You can recycle shredded paper in Suffolk Costal only (previously known as) in the kerbside compost bin, but staples and glossy paper need to be removed before to shredding.

Household Waste Recycling CentreYou can also take shredded paper to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and place it in the paper container. 

Recycle as home compost

  Home compost bin   You can home compost shredded paper.

For advice on hard plastic shredders, see "Hard Plastics"

For advice on electric shredders, see "Small electrical items"

For advice on Plastic sink drainers see, "Hard Plastics"

For advice on Metal sink drainers see, "Metals"

Reduce

Where possible, try to get your broken electricals repaired. If you are confident, try searching for online repair tutorials. 

Re-use 

Charity or re-use shop Offer electrical items in good condition and full working order to charity shops or through an online re-use network.

Donate small electricals in working condition at any Suffolk Recycling Centre (by placing them in the re-use containers at site) where they are tested and sold either at The Benjamin Foundation Re-use Shop or by local charities Gatehouse and Ipswich Furniture Project. 

If you are looking to donate computers, laptops or phones please make sure you wipe the hard drives and memory or remove memory cards first as the charities may not do this.

Recycle

If electrical items are beyond repair you can: 

 take them to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and place in small electricals items container.

  • check whether your retailer has a take back scheme.
  • take items to small electrical recycling banks only if you're in Ipswich or Suffolk Coastal. Find your nearest recycling bank.

Electrical items (mains and battery powered) must not be thrown away in your rubbish bin. They contain small quantities of hazardous material as well as precious metals and should be properly recycled.

Recycle

  If the alarms are broken, please take them to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and place in the container for small electrical items.

You could also contact the manufacturer and ask for advice about disposing of the alarm. 

Disposal

Sodastream canisters cannot go to any Suffolk Recycling Centre.

Visit the Sodastream website to find out how to exchange your empty gas canister for new ones.

Re-use

Retain excess soil for planting and potting, or ask your neighbours, friends or relatives if they have any use for it. 

Recycle

Household Waste Recycling CentreThere is a charge for disposing of hardcore, rubble and soil at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.

Recycle as home compost

  Home compost binYou can add small amounts of excess soil to your home compost bin

Recycle

Solar panels can be taken to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and placed in small electricals items container.

Re-use

Some opticians collect unwanted glasses for onward donation to charity.

  Ask your local charity shop if they will accept reading glasses, prescription glasses, or sunglasses.

Vision Aid is a charity which recycles old glasses to help African people gain access to eye care.

Recycle

  You can recycle glasses at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.

Re-use

  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) and PDSA. For a larger list, see Used Stamps for Charity

Recycle

  You can recycle stamps still attached to envelopes in your kerbside recycling bin.

If your storage heaters were installed before 1974, there is a possibility that they may contain asbestos insulation. (List of models known to contain asbestos here: https://www.aic.org.uk/storage-heaters-asbestos/). Please don’t dismantle the heater if you think asbestos may be present as the asbestos insulation may have frayed and therefore it will be dangerous to do so.

If you think it may contain asbestos it cannot be taken to a Recycling Centre. The weight of these will also be too much for our hazardous waste collection, however Collins Skip hire does have an asbestos landfill and they may be able to take this (please contact them directly) or you can go to any other asbestos disposal company.

If your storage heater is newer than 1974 (& not on the above list):

 Take the bricks from the storage heater to any Suffolk Recycling and place in the hardcore container. There is a charge for this - for further information click here.

The casing can go in the small electricals container at the Suffolk Recycling Centre, however if you are unsure you can ask on site.

Reduce

You could ask not to have a plastic straw in your drinks at a café or restaurant. If you use straws a lot you could have your own reusable alternative e.g. ones made out of hard plastic or metal.

Re-use

Plastic straws can be reused in a number of creative ways. This webpage has some great ideas:https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2015/02/23-practical-ways-reuse-disposable-straws.html

Recycle

For advice on hard metal straws, see "metal"

For advice on hard plastics straws, see "Plastics (hard)"

Re-use

Why not donate your old suitcase to a charity shop or Freecycle then please consider donating it depending how worn out it is.  

If it is in good condition, it can also be taken to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and placed in the re-use container (ask site staff for details).

Recycle

Some suitcases are made mostly from hard plastics. If this is the case then the suitcase can be recycled, at your nearest Recycling centre in the hard plastic container.

Disposal

Most suitcases are made from a mix of different materials so these cannot currently be recycled in Suffolk. They should be disposed of in the non-recycling container at Recycling centres or in your refuse bin.

If the Superlux material contains gypsum, see "Plasterboard" for disposal advice.

If it doesn't include gypsum, the material go in the non-recyclable container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.