Which bin do I use?

We operate a three bin system in West Suffolk:

Blue bin

Dry recyclables such as paper, cardboard, tins and plastic bottles and containers, for a comprehensive list, read our leaflet: Getting your recycling right

Battery recycling

You need to take batteries to your local recycling point. These can be found at supermarkets and larger retailers as well as your local recycling centre.

St Edmundsbury operate a kerbside battery collection which was set up by European funding in 2007. A pink hook was attached to all blue recycling bins and residents were provided with bags to put their batteries in. While St Edmundsbury no longer provide bags, any batteries hanging from the pink hook will still be collected for recycling. You can use any type of carrier bag to hang your batteries on the hook. If residents in St Edmundsbury do not have a pink hook on your bin, you can request for one to be sent to you by contacting our Customer Services Team.

Brown bin

Compostable garden waste only. Kitchen waste such as tea bags and peelings should be composted at home. Find out more about the Garden Waste Collection Service

Home composting

This is the most environmentally friendly way to treat your garden and kitchen waste. We offer cut price home composting bins through our partners at Get composting

To find out more about becoming an expert on home composting visit: Green Suffolk, master composters

Compost Awareness Week 2017 - Sunday 7 to Sunday 14 May

A variety of events and activities are taking place throughout the week.  It's your chance to find out more about composting and to pick up some free soil improver into the bargain!

Our local events are:

Location Date / time
Bury St Edmunds HWRC, Rougham Hill, IP33 2RW Monday 8 May, 10am – 3pm
Mildenhall HWRC, Off A1065 (1 mile north of 5-ways roundabout) Friday 12 May, 10am - 3pm

More information can be found on the Green Suffolk website

Black bin

Any other domestic waste that will be taken to be converted to energy to be used as fuel, you can find out more from Green Suffolk, energy from waste