Christmas bin collection dates in Ipswich

DiGBY waste truck in the snow

Ipswich residents will face no changes to their black and blue bin collections over Christmas and New Year because of the way the public holidays fall this year.

However, as usual, Ipswich Borough Council will be pausing the brown bin service for two weeks after Christmas as crews concentrate on picking up extra waste and recyclables. 

The last brown bin collections for 2021 will take place between Tuesday 14 and Friday 24 December. There will be no brown bin collections on or between Tuesday 28 December and Monday 10 January. Collections will resume from Tuesday 11 January. Don’t forget to leave your real Christmas trees by your brown bin – the Council will collect them for free. 

Bins should be put out by 6am on your scheduled collection day.

Chris Taylor, Ipswich Borough Council’s Operations Manager for Waste & Fleet, said: “We know that extra waste is usually generated over Christmas so we would encourage residents to recycle as much as possible in their blue bins and get food savvy with their leftovers – you can find lots of tips and recipes at

“We also advise people to check what they can and can’t recycle so that they don’t contaminate their blue bins with items that can’t be recycled.

“In Ipswich, you can’t recycle cartons, soft plastics or glass in your blue bin, and only some wrapping paper can be recycled. If it’s plastic-lined (shiny), foil effect or glitter paper then don’t put it in your blue bin. If you’re unsure whether or not it’s recyclable, try the scrunch test. Scrunch it into a ball and if it stays scrunched it’s most likely paper and can be recycled (as long as it’s glitter free), but if it pops open again then it is most likely the plastic or foil variety that can’t be recycled.”

To check your bin collection day, discover what can and can’t be recycled and find a glass recycling bank, visit

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