Give, Receive and Recycle this Christmas!

Nearly all of us will have extra waste to deal with at Christmas time, so please remember to recycle as much as you can rather than giving to landfill. Suffolk residents recycled 500 tonnes more in January than in December last year (the equivalent of an extra 76,000 recycling bins!), making it the highest month for recycling.

There will be thousands of cards, electrical items, CDs, DVDs, cartons and glass bottles waiting to be recycled and a visit to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) should be top of your New Year resolution list. In November, 77.7% of all material collected at HWRCs was recycled, making Suffolk’s HWRCs amongst the best performing in the country.

Real Christmas trees, when they have been taken down after the festivities, can be composted. Cut them down to fit inside garden waste bins or take them directly to a local HWRC. Your local authority may also have an alternative collection arrangement.

A recent survey showed that a quarter of rubbish thrown away in Suffolk is made up of cooked and uncooked food waste costing the average household £50 a month. For tips on how to reduce food waste and great Christmas left over recipes, see

Councilor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Waste says “We are all so busy at Christmas that reducing, reusing and recycling our waste may not be at the forefront of our minds. Most of us have extra waste at this time at year, which is why the Household Waste Recycling Centres provide such a great service for residents and only close on Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. They will be open and ready to take your excess recycling from the 27th to 31st December."

Suffolk County Council Household Waste Recycling Centres:

Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Foxhall, Hadleigh, Haverhill, Leiston, Lowestoft, Mildenhall, Portman Road, Stowmarket and Sudbury.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday 9am - 4pm

Sundays and bank holidays 10am - 4pm

The sites close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

 For a full list of materials accepted at Household Waste Recycling Centres click here

Community recycling sites (non-council run):

Beccles, Bramford, Brome, Chelmondiston, Newmarket and Southwold

NB there may be a charge to use these sites

Opening Hours:

Vary from site to site – please follow this link for the opening hours. For further information contact the sites directly.


By Lisa Chambers on December 24th, 2011