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7th December 2021

Reducing your waste at Christmas

Did you know that Suffolk Councils collect an extra 15% of rubbish and recycling in January compared to other months? That’s around 3,000 extra tonnes of rubbish!

With the holidays fast approaching, here are a few steps you can take to minimise your environmental impact:

  • Wrapping paper: Glittery or foil-based paper cannot be recycled. We recommend paper varieties, the simpler the better. Any tape or bows should be removed before recycling.
  • Glass bottles: Many of us find ourselves with a few extra bottles lying around during the Christmas holidays. Glass cannot be put in your kerbside recycling bin in Suffolk. Please take it to your local glass bank for recycling. Each year, around 10,000 tonnes of recycling get rejected from Suffolk’s household recycling bins because it’s either the wrong items or too spoiled to be recycled – glass accounts for half of this.
  • Food waste: Reduce the amount of food waste you throw away this Christmas – visit for tips and some great recipes for leftovers
  • Electrical items and batteries: These items can cause fires if incorrectly put in your rubbish or household recycling bins. Recycle these items at your local supermarket, recycling collection point or Recycling Centre.

For more information about waste, recycling and food waste, and where to find your nearest recycling centre or bottle bank, visit

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