Waste services and COVID-19

There may be changes to your usual recycling and waste services in Suffolk. Precautions are being considered and may be put in place to ensure Coronavirus is not spread via your waste. We will keep this page and our social media channels updated.

How to get rid of your waste if you are either self-isolating or confirmed to have Coronavirus

Any individuals who are self-isolating, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have Coronavirus, should follow this advice to get rid of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread.

  • Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner.
  • This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied.
  • These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in the general rubbish collection

Regular household recycling and waste should be treated as normal.

Recycling centres closures

Following careful consideration and Government guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the difficult decision to close all Suffolk Recycling Centres until further notice.

The decision to close sites has not been taken lightly but it is essential to encourage residents to stay at home and limit the spread of Coronavirus. 

Much of the waste that goes through the Recycling Centres includes DIY waste, electrical items, furniture, wood, metal and garden waste. If you were planning a visit to a Recycling Centre, please hold on to the items you were going to take until they reopen. During this time, we ask residents to act responsibly and not place the items listed above in their kerbside general rubbish collection. This would take up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish.

Where possible people should compost grass cuttings and hedge trimmings and if you can't do that keep your garden waste until we reopen. For more information on how to compost at home visit our home composting pages.

Please do not leave any waste outside the Recycling Centres - leaving waste outside the centres or anywhere else is classed as fly-tipping and is a criminal offence for which people will be prosecuted.

Changes to recycling and waste collections

Garden Waste Bin collections have been suspended in all areas of Suffolk until further notice due to Covid-19. 

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and potential increases in staff sickness and/or absentee levels, certain recycling and waste services may be impacted. This may result in changes to your normal bin collections at short notice.

All local councils across Suffolk are working hard to minimise the impact on your recycling and waste collections and we appreciated your understaind in these challenging circumstances.

For the latest information from your local District or Borough Council please follow the links below:


West Suffolk

East Suffolk

Babergh/ Mid Suffolk

You can also keep up to date by following @suffolkrecycles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram