What can I put in my general rubbish bin?
To check whether you can recycle an item, see our A to Z of recycling.
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 local waste collection authority
What can't go in your general rubbish bin?
Batteries and electrical items
Batteries and electrical items (especially large electricals) should not be thrown away in the rubbish bin because they can cause problems at the EfW e.g. spikes in emissions. Electricals contain hazardous materials and precious metals and should be recycled properly.
You can also find your nearest battery recycling bank.
Liquid paint, asbestos and hazardous waste also should not be placed in your rubbish bin.
To find out drying and disposal information for paint, see the "Paint" entry on A - Z of Recycling.
For further advice on how to safely dispose of hazardous items, see our hazardous waste page.
Large non-recyclable items
If a large item cannot be reused or recycled it can be taken to any Suffolk Recycling Centre and placed in the non-recyclable container. If you cannot get the item to a Recycling Centre, your local district or borough council offers a charged bulky waste collection service.
There are restrictions on some non-recyclable items at the Recycling Centres, so please check before taking items to a site.
Any waste from a trade or business source should be collected separately. You can find out more information about this on our Business and trade waste page.
Where your general rubbish goes
Waste from your general rubbish bin is sent to the Energy-from-waste facility at Great Blakenham, where it is burnt at high temperatures and used to generate electricity for over 40,000 homes. Find out more about the energy-from-waste process.