Recycling Centre, Thurston

Recycling at the New Green Community Centre


Thurston residents, take pride in your community’s commitment to sustainability!

Recycling Centre for Thurston, conveniently located opposite the New Green Community Centre, offers an easy and effective way to recycle a variety of materials. Let’s dive into how you can contribute to this green initiative and make a difference.

Operating Hours and Volunteer Efforts

The Recycling Centre is open 7 days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm between April and September, and 9 am to 4 pm from October to March. Please note that it’s closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Centre is managed by dedicated volunteers from the New Green Centre. They ensure that the facilities are opened and locked up promptly to minimise noise disturbances to nearby residents.

Accepted Materials

At the Recycling Centre, you can drop off:

  • Glass

  • Textiles and Shoes

  • Paper and card

While the monetary returns from recycling are modest, every bit counts and goes towards sustaining the New Green Centre right here in Thurston.


Proper Recycling Etiquette

To help our volunteers maintain the Recycling Centre efficiently, please adhere to these guidelines:

  • Bags and Cardboard: Dispose of them in the small rubbish bin. Alternatively, drop plastic bags in the soft-plastic recycling box at the nearby Co-op store.

  • Clothing: Ensure all clothing items are washed, dried, and placed in small bags before depositing them into the textile bank.

  • Shoes: Place them in small plastic bags to keep pairs together.

  • Glass: Pink and purple glass can be placed in the brown glass banks.

  • If the bank is full please return another day with your recyclable materials. For example do not leave glass bottles on the floor. The trucks empty banks, they do not have time to collect bottles off the floor. Also these could easily get broken making it a risk to others.

  • Avoid Dumping: Please do not dump black bags in front of the banks or block the bank shoots. We do not accept electronic devices! Dumping could lead to prosecution.


Supporting Animal Rescue Centres

Thurston has a strong affinity for animals. If you have old duvets, pillows, or towels, consider donating them to:

Household Waste Collection and Composting

  • Light Green Topped Bins: These are collected on alternate weeks every Friday. What to put in, please follow this link.

  • Garden Waste: Collected fortnightly through a subscription service.

  • Home Composting: Obtain bags of coffee waste from Thurst Café to use in your garden or composter. Learn how to start composting here.

Food Donation and Other Recycling Options

  • Still Good Food: Based in Bury St Edmunds and Great Barton, they accept surplus food.

  • Recycling Locator: Unsure where to recycle something? Visit Recycle Now and enter your postcode.

  • Scrap Merchant: Located on the outskirts of Thurston, they might take your scrap car.

  • Frozennutz: Keep an eye on Thurston’s Facebook for their collection sweeps. Note: They don’t collect fridges and freezers.

  • Freerecycle Network  is an entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their areas. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. 

  • Charity Shops: Bury St Edmunds and surrounding areas have numerous charity shops that gladly accept donations.

To reduce your waste further, why not check out Choose Refills who come to Thurston and park up next to the Recycling Centre every 3rd Thursday of the month between 8:30am and 10:30am. You can bring your own bottles and containers to refill with household cleaning, body care products or loose dried foods and only buy what you need without unnecessary packaging. 


Thurston, your efforts in recycling and sustainability are making a difference! By following these guidelines and supporting local initiatives, we can all contribute to a greener, cleaner community. Happy recycling!