Additional waste

If your bin is full, or an item is too big to fit in, you may want to consider the following options.

Additional refuse and garden waste

Any refuse (general rubbish) or garden waste left by the bin in unauthorised sacks, such as black bags, will not be collected.

Extra household refuse and garden waste can be taken to a recycling centre in Suffolk.

In Mid Suffolk, we offer an authorised council sack scheme for extra household refuse and garden waste. Sacks are available to buy from our stockists. 

Visit our authorised council sacks webpage

Additional recycling

Extra household recycling that can't fit into the recycling bin can be put in any clear, see-through sack.

Clear sacks can also be purchased from our authorised council sack stockists.

Place the clear sacks by the recycling bin on your recycling collection day.

Sacks must be able to be easily lifted and tied at the top, to prevent being overfilled.


Any cardboard that can’t fit into the recycling bin needs to be flattened, with any packaging materials and polystyrene removed.

Place the flattened cardboard by the recycling bin on your recycling collection day.

We are unable to collect soaked cardboard and would advise not to leave out any cardboard if it is due to rain.

Plastic packaging materials and polystyrene should be put in your refuse (general rubbish) bin.

Recycling centres

Household and garden waste, plus larger and electrical items, can be taken to a Suffolk Recycling Centre (rubbish tip).

Please visit the Suffolk County Council website to view further information, including site locations and the function to book a time slot.

There are also community-run recycling centres within the districts:

Recycling bring banks

There are more than 1,000 recycling banks in Suffolk for a wide range of materials, including:

  • cartons
  • glass
  • plastic bags
  • textiles and clothing
  • tins and cans
  • small electrical items

Find your nearest recycling bring bank at Recycle Now

To report a full recycling bring bank, please use the contact information listed on the container. If no contact information is listed, please email Waste Services.

Large and bulky item collections

We can collect and dispose of larger household items for you, including:

  • electrical items, such as TVs, monitors and computers
  • fridges and freezers
  • furniture
  • sofas and armchairs
  • washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers

Find out more about our bulky item collection service

Reduce and reuse your waste

Please visit the Suffolk Recycles website for useful information on how to reduce and reuse your waste, including:

  • cloth nappies
  • reducing food waste
  • refill shop locator
  • repair cafes and groups

Larger or additional bins

If you're struggling to reduce your household waste, and your bins are regularly full, you may be eligible for a larger or additional bin.

Find out how to apply for a larger or additional bin

Please note that we will only empty authorised Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council bins that we have issued to the address.