New recycling centre set to open this month

The new recycling centre will open in Bury St Edmunds on January 16.

The flagship site in Fornham Road will replace the current recycling centre at Rougham Hill which will close its gates permanently.

This will be the first open air site in Suffolk where all containers can be accessed by the public from ground level, removing the need for steps. Visitors will be able to recycle the same range of materials currently available at the Rougham Hill recycling centre.

A charity Reuse shop, which will take materials suitable for reuse from recycling centres, will also be opening on site.

Paul West, cabinet member for waste at Suffolk County Council, said: “This new flagship site will be a significant asset to people in West Suffolk.

“It is purpose-built to enable the growing communities of West Suffolk to recycle and reuse their rubbish safely and efficiently and as all the containers are now on one level, there are no steps to contend with. It is also a safer site with lorries emptying containers in a totally separate area.”

Suffolk’s Recycling Centres are operated by FCC Environment on behalf of Suffolk County Council. All the staff from Rougham Hill will be transferred to the new site.

Steve Longdon, regional cirector at FCC, said: “We are very excited to be moving into the new recycling centre at Fornham Road. The site will enable residents to recycle the same wide range of materials as they currently can but with less queuing.”

The existing site at Rougham Hill will close its gates on Tuesday, January 14. From Thursday, January 16, all site users should take their waste to the new Fornham Road site. All Suffolk recycling centres are closed on Wednesdays. No waste or recycling can be left by the gates or in the vicinity of the old site. This will be classed as fly-tipping, which is a criminal offence and is liable to prosecution.

Information on Recycling and Waste in Suffolk, including an A-Z of what to do with a particular item, can be found at

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