What can I put in my composting bin?

Your local waste collection authority collects your composting bin fortnightly. The list below shows you what can go in each composting wheelie bin across Suffolk.

Most waste collection authorites in Suffolk now charge for this service. Please contact your local waste collection authority if you have any questions.

If you're unsure which council area you live in, check the GOV.UK website.

 

Yes please

Babergh and Mid Suffolk

  • Windfall fruit and vegetables (from the garden)
  • Garden waste (grass, hedge trimmings etc)
  • 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  Recycling Centre and put them in green container.

Find out more about Babergh and Mid Suffolk's garden waste collection service.

 

East Suffolk Council

(Formerly Suffolk Costal)

  • Windfall fruit and vegetables (from the garden)
  • Garden waste (grass, hedge trimmings etc)
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Vegetarian animal bedding
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Shredded paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cooked & uncooked 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  Recycling Centre and put them in green container.

(Formerly Waveney)

  • Windfall fruit and vegetables (from the garden)
  • Garden waste (grass, hedge trimmings etc)
  • Vegetarian animal bedding
  • 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  Recycling Centre and put them in green container.

Find out more about East Suffolk's garden waste collection service.

 

Ipswich

  • Windfall fruit and vegetables (from the garden)
  • Garden waste (grass, hedge trimmings etc.
  • Dead plants and flowers
  • 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  Recycling Centre and put them in green container.
  • Real Christmas trees

Find out more about Ipswich Borough's brown bin service.

 

West Suffolk Council 

  • Dead plants and flowers
  • Grass, leaves and weeds
  • Hedge clippings
  • Prunings and twigs
  • Sawdust
  • Small branches (not more than 6cm thick)
  • Vegetable and fruit waste (windfalls and plants) from the garden (not kitchen waste) 

Find out more about West Suffolk's garden waste collection service

Questions?

If you have any questions about your wheelie bin collections (needing a bin, information on when your bin is going to be collected, missed collection etc) please contact your waste collection authority.

Where your garden waste goes

Find out where your garden waste goes and how it is turned into compost.

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