What do we throw away?

Did you know over half of the average rubbish bin in Suffolk could actually have been recycled.

When recyclable materials are placed in the rubbish bin there is an environmental cost, as it cannot be recycled. We all have an important role to play in ensuring that recyclable materials are recovered rather than sent for more costly disposal.

In 2016 we carried out a waste composition analysis which showed us the make up of Suffolk's rubbish bins. The bubbles show the results and the items that end up in the rubbish bin that can easily be recycled or reduced (e.g. at home, at bring banks or home composted). Click on the bubbles below to find out more:

35.9% food waste

Did you know over half the waste in Suffolk's rubbish bins could have been reduced or recycled?

A small proportion of the remaining waste can be
recycled at Suffolk's Recycling Centres (e.g. wood,
electricals and hard plastics) Electricals can be recycled 

at electrical banks across Ipswich and Suffolk Costal

2% recyclable paper and cardboard, 2.3% recyclable plastics, 1.7% recyclable metals

3.3% recyclable textiles

6.1% garden waste compostable

4.4% glass bottles and jars


If you'd like even more detail, see the countywide table which was produced following the analysis: 2016 Suffolk Waste Composition Analysis results