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Suffolk Coastal garden and food waste collection

All accessible properties in Suffolk Coastal receive a fortnightly brown bin collection service for garden and food waste. This waste is taken to a multi-million pound composting facility at Parham where it is turned into a soil improver for use in agriculture.

What you can and cannot put in your brown bin

Your brown bin can be used for garden waste and all types of food, cooked or raw, shredded paper and cardboard.

By home composting and cutting down on your food waste you may be able to reduce the amount of waste going in your brown bin.

Your collection day

Your brown bin is emptied fortnightly during the weeks highlighted on the bin collection round calendar. This will be the same day your blue lidded bin for recyclable materials is emptied.

You can check your collection day and collection round calendar using the online bin collection day finder.

Your bins should be out ready for emptying at 6am as collections start early. Please note that the time of collection may change at any time, so to avoid missing the collection, always put your bin out by 6am.

All bin collections are worked as normal on bank holidays, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Help us to provide the best service possible

Please help us by following these guidelines:

  • Please remember that collections start at 6am.
  • Put the brown bin at the boundary of your property where your access meets the public highway.
  • Do not force too much waste into the brown bin as it can stick inside the bin and prevent it from being emptied.
  • Please ensure that the lid can be closed when it is presented for collection. If the lid is open then the bin will not be emptied.
  • Please take your bin in as soon as you can after collection.

If the brown bin is not presented in the correct place by 6am on the day of collection, or contains any incorrect items, it will not be emptied.

If you are unable to push your bin when it is full, for instance due to infirmity, please contact Suffolk Coastal Norse to arrange collection of your bin from a convenient location on your property.

Need a second brown bin?

If you have more garden waste than you can fit in the brown bin, additional brown bins are available for excess garden waste. An annual fee will be charged to cover the additional cost of collecting and processing this additional garden waste.

Home composting

If you find that you have too much garden waste and vegetable waste to fit in your brown bin why not try home composting. Home composting is the most environmentally friendly and most cost effective way to deal with your garden and vegetable waste.

Alternatively, you can take garden waste to a Suffolk County Council household waste recycling centre.

What happens to the waste collected in the brown bin?

The waste collected in the brown bins is delivered to the 'in vessel' composting facility at Parham. It is mixed and chopped before being put in large steel drums which continually rotate to mix and aerate the waste. This accelerates the composting process in a controlled environment. The resulting soil improver is then screened and pasteurised before being despatched.

The end product is fully compliant with waste disposal legislation and is high in many essential plant nutrients desirable to local farmers for crop production and so is an attractive alternative to artificial fertiliser. It also has the additional benefit of increasing organic matter in the soil.

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