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Waste Recycling 2020

Bin collections during COVID-19

Last updated 15 January 2021 

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, Babergh District Council is working as hard as they can to make sure they continue to collect your waste. This includes prioritising their most essential collections. 

This may mean that there are some delays, some bins get collected less often, or some collection services stop altogether for a period of time.

Current waste collection status - from Babergh District Council website

Garden waste (brown bin) collections

Our garden waste (brown bin) collections have been suspended from Monday 11 January 2021 until further notice.

This is to allow our crews to prioritise essential waste collections, such as the collection of refuse, recycling and clinical waste.

Unfortunately, our crews are not immune to the impacts of COVID-19. This allows us to free up available crew members to work on priority collections.

During this time, we are asking residents to compost their garden waste at home. Or, if that's not possible, to store it in their garden until the service is back up and running. If absolutely essential, garden waste can be taken to a Suffolk Recycling Centre

If you have a real Christmas tree to dispose of, please read further information about Christmas tree recycling.

Please note, that future invoices will be adjusted to compensate for this period of non-collection.


Other collection services are currently running, however please check for any local delays.


For more details please visit the Babergh District Council Recycling pages using this link

Recycling during COVID-19

Vans, trailers and trade waste are accepted at nine of Suffolk’s recycling centres

In line with the reopening Suffolk’s recycling centres, people with vans, trailers and trade waste can now book an appointment to visit nine of the county’s 11 recycling centres.

Bookings can be made now for all time slots. All visitors will need to pre-book an appointment online before arriving, where they will be asked what type of vehicle they will use and whether they are bringing household or business waste. In order to prevent queueing on neighbouring roads, people without a booking will not be able to enter the site. Social distancing measures also operate on site.

Appointments for vans, trailers and trade waste are still unavailable at Haverhill and Leiston Recycling Centres. These are smaller sites and have fewer appointments available.

There are a number of restrictions in place in order to help support social distancing on sites and to make sure waste is dealt with efficiently. These include:

  • Vans with trailers will not be allowed on any site
  • Only one visit per household or vehicle within seven days. This allows more visitors on site whilst maintaining social distancing and protecting the health and safety of site staff and users
  • Trailers must be no more than 750kg max gross weight, single axle and unbraked. No other trailer size or type is permitted
  • All waste should be pre-sorted to make your visit as quick and simple as possible and to maximise recycling

The booking system has proved an efficient and effective way of allowing people to easily dispose of their rubbish and recycling and help manage demand on service, and has been given widespread public support.

The easy-to-use booking system is available at www.suffolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres. If you don’t have access to the internet call 0345 606 6067. Residents must not arrive on site more than 5 minutes before their allocated time. Appointments are released on a rolling seven-day basis.

Any waste you have which is contaminated or suspected to have been contaminated with COVID 19 must be double-bagged and kept at home for 72 hours before it is brought to site.

Suffolk County Council continues to review the temporary rules and will remove restrictions to the service when it is safe to do so. 

People who are, or have anyone in their household, suffering from Covid-19 symptoms, or have been diagnosed as having the virus must not visit Recycling Centres.  Please follow the government’s guidance on self-isolating and shielding.

Full terms and conditions can be found at  https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/planning-waste-and-environment/waste-and-recycling/find-a-rubbish-tip-or-recycling-centre/