Charity and schools waste

Find out how charities and schools can recycle and dispose of waste. See if you're eligible for free disposal at the waste transfer stations and recycling centres.

Charities and some community groups like schools can bring recyclable waste can bring recyclable waste to us for free. (This does not include waste from a charity operation, like office furniture.)

The types of recyclable items that recycling centres accept are:

  • cardboard
  • metals
  • wood
  • paper
  • plastics
  • green waste
  • textiles
  • motor oil
  • light bulbs
  • electronic equipment

There are restrictions on electronic items, so you are only allowed to bring household quantities of electrical waste to the recycling centres for free.

You can bring bigger quantities of electrical waste however standard recycling centre charges would apply.

Lowestoft Household Waste Recycling Centre

Find out if you’re eligible to tip

We allow one free tip for non-recyclable waste per month at waste transfer stations to registered charities that prepare items for re-use. We also allow some other groups to tip.

View our table to see if you are eligible to tip.

Type Waste Transfer Station (Residual waste only) Recycling Centre (Recyclable waste only)
Charity shop (registered charity) Yes (monthly) Yes
Charitable activities (registered charity) Yes (monthly) Yes
Housing group (registered charity) Yes (monthly) Yes
Community Group (registered charity) Yes (monthly) Yes
Church (registered charity) Yes (monthly) Yes
Other (registered charity)

No

Yes
Charity shop (not registered as charity) No No - use trade waste service
Charitable activities (not registered as charity) No No - use trade waste service
Housing group (not registered as charity) No No - use trade waste service
Community Group (not registered as charity) Yes (as one off) Yes (as one off)
Church (not registered as charity) Yes (as one off) Yes (as one off)
Other (non registered charity) No No - use trade waste service
School No Yes (if waste electrical and electronic equipment is limited amount)

Before you tip

Before you tip you must register as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency before you transport your waste.

If you go to site without a waste carrier licence, you will likely be turned away and not able to tip.

For each tip at the transfer station we need you to give us 48 hours notice to process and arrange this with the site. If this is your first time it may take longer to process to check your charitable status and waste carriers license.

If you are going to a waste transfer station, Suffolk County Council will tell you the location of your nearest one when you contact them.

Request free tip

Conditions to tip

Site staff may reject your waste and refuse your disposal if you do not follow the conditions to tip.

Conditions for tipping at transfer station:

  • You should have a valid waste carriers license.
  • Waste should come from a household originally and not from charity operations.
  • Each charity is allowed one tip per month.
  • You must pre-notify SCC for every visit.
  • Bring residual waste only.
  • You should take evidence of waste source. For example, headed note paper or ID badge to show charitable status, or charity reference number letter.
  • Staff need to wear correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times while at the site.

Conditions for tipping at Recycling Centres (RC):

  • You should have a valid waste carriers license.
  • Waste should come from a household originally and not from charity operations.
  • If you are taking large quantities, please contact waste.management@suffolk.gov.uk to check capacity at the site first.
  • Some of the waste is classed as hazardous waste. To take hazardous waste you will need to complete a consignment note.
  • Bring recyclable waste only. No residual waste disposal available.
  • You must pre-sort waste into each recyclable category before arrival at site.
  • You should take evidence of waste source. For example, headed note paper or ID badge to show charitable status, or charity reference number letter.
  • You should report to RC staff upon arrival.

*Advice only - avoid visiting on Thursday mornings, weekends and bank holidays where possible