Welcome to our Summer Ezine, with information about late night opening at Recycling Centres, keeping on top of your summer recycling and where to fill up your water bottles for free. And there's more!

Get you summer recycling in!
Whether you are having a few beers watching the world cup (come on England!!) or just taking advantage of all the wonderful sunshine we are having, there might be a few extra cans and bottles kicking about at home! You can recycle all metal cans in your home recycling bin and glass bottles and jars at your nearest glass bank.
Aim to make your picnics as waste free as possible by preparing your own food and taking it in reusable containers, using reusable plates, cups and cutlery and ditching the single use plastic and paper varieties. And don’t forget whether at home or away #refusethestraw!

Recycling Centres open late on Thursdays 

Who needs late night shopping when you can do late night recycling?! All of Suffolk’s Recycling Centres open until 7pm every Thursday between May and August. The sites are generally fairly quiet on Thursday evenings and it gives an opportunity for those who work during the day to get to the Recycling Centres and avoid the weekend rush. What could be more satisfying than getting rid of all your waste and recycling during the week, leaving you free to enjoy the weekend?


Recycling Centres are open 6 days a week including Sundays from 9am-5pm and are closed every Wednesday. Follow @Suffolkhwrc for up to date information.

Free water refills on the go!

There are many places all over the country that are joining in the movement to provide FREE refills for water bottles and Suffolk is no exception! They are popping up all over in increasing numbers - all you have to do is download the REFILL App to find out where they are in your area to avoid buying a single-use bottle when you're out and about. And if you are a business or premises and want to offer this service to the public, you can easily register to join the Refill scheme yourself.

Trial Litter Campaign
After a successful bid to the governments Litter Innovation Fund, fifteen 'smart' and many more litter bins are being installed on Suffolk’s major trunk roads. The 'smart bins' are designed to stand out, with bright orange bodies, reflective white signage and the clear message ‘Keep Suffolk Beautiful’. The illuminated word ‘Litter’ at the top of the aperture will be powered by a solar panel so they will be visible to drivers during the day and night. 

They will also be fitted with new remote monitoring devices to help councils coordinate emptying the bins more efficiently and effectively. Find out more about the trial scheme here.


Love nature hate litter! 

In the spirit of practising what we preach, some members of the waste team recently took part in a beach clean along the banks of the River Orwell. This section of the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is only about 3 miles from the Suffolk County Council Offices. Over a 100m stretch, we managed to collect 6 bags of litter, a bucket of glass and a crate of hard plastic as well as a traffic cone, a 25L water container, an upholstered boat seat and several pieces of rope! Most of the small pieces of litter we collected were plastic bags, film and sweet and crisp wrappers.

We registered the 100m stretch with the
Marine Conservation Society, so that we could record the results for their research. Last year's Great British Beach clean in September, 718 pieces of litter were collected on average every 100mtrs! Why not get involved and do your bit to make #PlanetSuffolk the greenest and cleanest county this year?

Use our A-Z of recycling for the best ways to reduce, reuse and recycle most items and if you can't find what you need let us know!
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