Welcome to the Autumn edition, where you can find out how to get #FoodSavvy, Recycle More and see our winter opening hours at Recycling Centres. There are delicious recipes to use up your excess apples plus advice on how to make the perfect leaf mulch and more!

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Last week saw the launch of Food Savvy, an exciting new campaign with Suffolk and Norfolk Councils joining forces to help residents reduce their food waste and save money, aiming to put our region at the forefront of the UK’s efforts to combat food waste. 

We are inviting residents to take up the four-week #FoodSavvy challenge to cut down food waste and see how much money they can save. With the average family in the UK wasting up to £70 a month - it's not to be sniffed at! You'll receive weekly tips to help you make the most of your food & reduce your shopping bill.  We are also calling out to organisations, schools, businesses and local bloggers and vloggers to join in the collaboration - please get in touch here. To use an autumnal food-related pun, together we can crack this chestnut! 

52,000 tonnes of food get thrown away in Suffolk every year (around 35% of all our non-recyclable rubbish is wasted food) and we want to try to do something about it. A recent poll shows that households in our region feel the same, with most people (86%) being worried by food waste and 53% feeling guilty about throwing food away.

Visit to find out lots of tips and recipes to help you reduce your food waste and save money.

Recycle Week

This year’s recycle week is in full swing and it’s all about showing that WE DO! More and more people in every town, county and across the UK are recycling – so why not get on board and see if you can recycle more. Keep an eye out for our twitter @suffolkrecycle and facebook accounts this week to see if you recognise any of the parts of Suffolk featured - this one shouldn't be too hard!
If you would like to join in the fun, just send us a picture of yourself at home or at work actively recycling or send us your top recycling tip to @suffolkrecycle or Read more (and make sure to watch the recycle week video)!  Follow the links to see a full list of what you can recycle at home and at our Recycling Centres.

Winter opening hours at Recycling Centres
I’m sure we are all feeling the nights drawing in and we will soon be returning to GMT and winter opening hours at Suffolk Recycling Centres. From 1 October, all sites will be open from 9am to 4pm six days a week and are closed Wednesdays.
As well as being able to recycle a whole host of materials at Suffolk’s Recycling Centres, you can donate good quality items for charity re-use on all our sites. If you haven’t already visited Foxhall Reuse Shop, where lots of the donated items from our sites end up for sale to the public in support of the Benjamin Foundation, it might be worth a visit. Find the Re-use Shop opening hours and more here.

What to do with your Apple Glut?
A staggering 1.3 million apples are thrown away in the UK each year. So if you've got more apples than you know what to do with, you can make them last longer by storing them in a cold, dark and well-ventilated place and making sure they aren't touching each other and are clean and dry. Wrapping them in newspaper helps keep them apart too.

Use them up in one of these delicious apple recipes!:

Love your Ipswich Street!
Ipswich Borough Council has launched a new anti-littering campaign that encourages us all to look after our Ipswich streets and keep them litter free.  Love Your Street, uses DiGBY the blue octopus as the carrier of the campaign message. You'll probably recognise DiGBY as the well known local landmark painted on the wall at the entrance to Ipswich Waterfront.
Littering spoils our towns and streets and is never acceptable. Mark Murphy from BBC Radio Suffolk is supporting this new campaign and DiGBY and his important message will be appearing on council vehicles to help promote the anti-littering message soon. Keep an eye out for him and visit 

From autumn leaves comes great compost!

Rather than collecting up all your autumn leaves and filling up your compost bins to the brim (this can slow down the regular composting process) – keeping them separate to make a leaf mulch might be the way to go. It’s a simple and effective way of creating a rich, nutritious mulch or potting mix.

Some leaves take longer to compost than others. Oak, alder and hornbeam will soon break down, while leaves from conifers and waxy evergreen plants can take two to three years to compost, so add only small amounts, and if possible shred them first to help speed up the process. You can keep it basic and use a black bin liner – just gather your leaves, pop them in the bag (punch a few air holes in the side and bottom), sprinkle with water, shake the bag and tie. Store the bag in a shady spot and forget about it until next autumn! If you’ve got lots of leaves to collect, you can make a simple leaf cage from stakes and chicken wire.

By next autumn your leaves will have rotted down into a rich, crumbly mixture that can be used as a mulch for plants – wait another year you will be left with a finer material to use as fantastic soil conditioner!
If you want to get started composting or need an extra bin take advantage of our fantastic compost bin offers.


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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