New Recycling Guide Dorset 2017

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A Guide to Recycling in Dorset

We have compiled a list of recycling sources in the Dorset area including council services, local and national charities and links to recycling guides.

Recycling collection services have been gradually rolled out across Dorset’s council areas since 2012, and now encompass most of the county except for Beaminster, Bridport, Charmouth, Chideock, Lyme Regis and surrounding villages, which are due to start receiving collections during 2015 (TBC).

The council offers a fortnightly collection for recycling, alternating with ordinary refuse collections which are also fortnightly.  Food waste bins are collected every week. Collections should be kerbside by 7am on the appropriate day to ensure the bin is emptied. Please leave the pavement clear for pedestrians and retrieve your bin as soon as possible after the collection.

Recycling Calendar

Using this link you can search the Dorset County Council website
for  information about which days collections are made in your area.

What can you recycle?

Dorset County Council has safe collection schemes for many waste items & offers recycling services for many more through Recycling Centres (RC)  across the county.

In the large 240-litre wheelie bin (green lid) issued to them, Dorset residents may recycle: 

  • Pabig binper and cardboard
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Tins and cans
  • Aerosols

and in the green plastic box, glass bottles and jars. A re-usable bag is supplied for disposing of household batteries. Waste food is collected in brown plastic caddies (large or small).

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Garden Waste

There is an optional pay garden waste collection service in some parts of Dorset. The annual fee for fortnightly collection of a 240-litre wheelie bin is £40.

As of November 2014 there was no garden waste collection service in Weymouth, Portland, Sherborne, Bridport, Lyme Regis and some other parts of West Dorset; these are scheduled to start in the spring of 2015.

The following garden waste may be put into the wheelie bins for collection:

  • Hedge cuttings
  • Grass cuttings
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Plants
  • Cut flowers
  • Leaves
  • Small amounts of home-grown
    fruit and vegetables

Items NOT permitted in garden waste bins are:

Recycling Centres in Dorset accept garden waste for no charge, but residents are encouraged to compost their own garden waste at home.

Dorset Recycling Centres (tips)

There are 11 household recycling centres managed by the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) where residents can recycle a range of household and garden waste. To find your nearest centre use the Council’s interactive online map.

The following items may be deposited at recycling centres:

  • Batteries
  • Books, CDs & DVDs5187385321_209445cc3f_m
  • Car Batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Clothes & textiles
  • Cooking oil
  • Electrical items
  • Engine Oil
  • Fridges & freezers
  • Furniture
  • Garden waste
  • Glass bottles & jars
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  • Mobile phones
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Paint
  • Plastic bottles
  • Scrap metal
  • Tins & cans
  • Wood & timber

Note, there are some restrictions on building and construction materials that are accepted at Dorset Recycling Centres. These include:

  • A maximum of six bags (or what could fit into a standard saloon car boot) of plasterboard, rubble or hardcore-type waste can be accepted per household per month.
  • Waste from the construction or demolition of a property is not accepted  because legally it is classed as industrial waste, even if it is from a domestic property
  • Four centres are licensed to accept cement-bonded asbestos: Blandford, Christchurch, Wareham and Weymouth. Asbestos must be double-bagged and is limited to a one-off drop-off of up to three sheets, measuring a maximum of six feet by four feet.

Below is a list of Dorset Household Recycling Centres:

Centre

Address

Opening Hours

Note: all centres closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day
Blandford Shaftesbury Lane
Blandford
DT11 7EG
1 April to 31 October: 9am to 6pm Monday to Sunday1 November to 31 March: 9am to 5pm Monday to Sunday
Bridport South Street
Bridport
DT6 3PL
1 April to 31 October: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday1 November to 31 March: 9am to 5pm Monday to FridayOpen Saturdays all year from 10am to 4pm for garden waste only
Christchurch Wilverley Road,
Somerford,
Christchurch
BH23 3RU
1 April to 31 October: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday1 November to 31 March: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Dorchester St Georges Road
Dorchester
DT1 1PE
1 April to 31 October: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday1 November to 31 March: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Portland Easton Lane
Portland
DT5 1BW
1 April to 31 October: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday1 November to 31 March: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Shaftesbury Wincombe Business Park
Warminster Road
Shaftesbury
SP7 9QJ
1 April to 31 October: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday1 November to 31 March: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Sherborne West Mill Lane
Sherborne
DT9 6EE
1 April to 31 October: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday1 November to 31 March: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Swanage Prospect Business Park
Victoria Avenue
Swanage
BH19 1EJ
1 April to 31 October: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday1 November to 31 March: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Wareham Westminster Road Industrial Estate
Wareham
BH20 4SN
1 April to 31 October: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday1 November to 31 March: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Weymouth Preston Beach Road
Weymouth
DT3 4SX
1 April to 31 October: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday1 November to 31 March: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Wimborne Brook Road
Wimborne
BH21 2BH
1 April to 31 October: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday1 November to 31 March: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Those who live in EamillhamsRecycling280x210st Dorset can also use the Millhams Community Recycling Centre in Bournemouth if they produce their council tax bill on arrival. This centre is open between 1 April and 31 October from 8am to 7pm, and between 1 November and 31 March from 8am to 5pm. (Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day).

 

If you live in Corfe Mullen, Lytchett Matravers, Lytchett Minster or parts of Broadstone and Upton (and pay council tax to either East Dorset District Council or Purbeck District Council) you can apply (online if you wish) for a permit to use Nuffield Household Recycling Centre at 92-98 Nuffield Road,  Poole, BH17 0RS. Permits are free and don’t need renewing.

Nuffield Centre opens Monday to Sunday (except Wednesday) from 8.30am to 5pm, and Wednesdays from 8.30am to 7pm (6pm between 1 October and 31 March).

Items too large to transport?

If you have a bulky item to dispose of – such as fridge or large sofa – and you cannot transport it to a household recycling centre, it is possible to request a “bulky waste collection” for a small fee.

Prices and criteria for this service vary from area to area in Dorset. 

There are also local furniture re-use groups in Dorset who may be pleased to collect unwanted furniture or electrical goods for no charge:

Furniture reuse organisations in Dorset:

Dorset Reclaim

East (Bournemouth, Poole, East Dorset, North Dorset and neighbouring areas)
Telephone – 01202 773384

West (Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth, North Dorset and neighbouring areas)
Telephone – 01305 267711

Furnicare

Yeovil (Bradford Abbas, Yetminster, Evershot, Maiden Newton, Hazelbury Bryan, Sturminster Newton, Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Marnhull, Stalbridge, Bishops Caundle, Sherborne, Nether/Over Compton and neighbouring areas)

Telephone – 01935 433416

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(Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Bridport, Bere Regis, Cerne Abbas & neighbouring areas)
Telephone – 01305 766621

The Weldmar Hospicecare Trust runs three furniture stores – in Weymouth, Dorchester and Shaftesbury. They welcome donations of good used furniture.

Other depositories for used goods include Dorset Scrapstore, which collects clean, non-toxic donations from industry, commerce and individuals and makes them available at low cost to organisations such as schools and community groups for craft activities. Telephone – 01305 849444.

In Bere Regis the toy and resource library, Treats, welcomes donations of toys and games and will happily pick them up. Contact 01929 472937 for further details.

Dorset mini-recan-recyclingcycling centres

In addition to the main recycling centres Dorset has numerous mini-recycling depots across the county.

Electrical Items: Only some of these depots can receive small electrical items, and where they do (check on the tables below for a “yes”) the items accepted are kettles, toasters, food processors, fryers, grinders, coffee machines, electric knives, lamps, heaters, irons, DVD players, telephones, computers, laptops, clocks, smoke alarms, heat detectors, hairdryers, razors, shavers, toothbrushes, massagers, mobile phones, MP3 players, cameras, sports equipment, toys, video games, games consoles, drills, shredders, sanders and electrical wire.

Mini Recycling Depot locations:

Location Glass Paper & Card Cans Plastic bottles Textiles Foil Beverage cartons Small electricals
Christchurch Railway Station No Yes No No No No No No
Christchurch Pitsite Car Park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Highcliffe Wortley Road Car Park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Christchurch Waitrose No No No No No No Yes Yes
Ferndown Tesco Car Park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wimborne Allenview Car Park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Verwood Morrisons Car Park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Corfe Mullen Rear of Co-op Towers Way No No No No No Yes Yes No
Furzehill East Dorset District Council Offices No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
West Moors Park Way No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Sixpenny Handley Church Farm No No No No Yes No Yes No
Alderholt Churchill Arms No No No No Yes No Yes No
West Parley Sports Club No No No No Yes No Yes No
Blandford Co-op, Langton Road Car Park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Gillingham Chantry Fields Car Park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Shaftesbury Tesco Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Sturminster Newton Station Road Car Park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Stalbridge Springfields No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Bere Regis Car Park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Swanage North Beach Car Park De Moulham Road Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Wareham Steche Road Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Wareham Westport House No No No No No No Yes No
Beaminster Yarn Barton car park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Bridport Co-op Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Bridport Morrisons Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Dorchester Market Street Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Lyme Regis Holmbush car park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Sherborne Newland Car Park Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Weymouth Asda Newstead Road Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Weymouth Morrisons Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Weymouth Co-op Littlemoor Road Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Weymouth Southill Shopping Centre Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Portland Tesco Park Road Easton Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Know your symbols

General Recycle and Re-use symbols

Download these symbols as a pdf.

You’re sure to recognise some of these common recycling symbols, but do you know the meaning of them all?

Aluminium recycling logo ALUMINIUM This symbol indicates that the product is made from recyclable aluminium.
Compostable Logo COMPOSTABLE This is a Europe wide symbol confirming the product is industrially compostable. Take to your RC.
European Eco label EUROPEAN ECOLABEL A European symbol that shows the product has been produced in an environmentally friendly manner.
Glass recycling logo GLASS Please put this recyclable glass container in a bottle bank.
Green Dot recycling logo GREEN DOT In participating countries this means the manufacturer is funding a recycling program for products with this label. The UK isn’t a participating country.
Metal recycling logo METALS Please put recyclable metals into the skip at the RC.
Mobius loop logo MOBIUS LOOP This indicates whether the product can be recycled.
Mobius loop logo with percentage MOBIUS LOOP WITH PERCENTAGE This indicates how much of the product is made from recycled materials.
Paper recycling logo PAPER Products bearing this logo have already been recycled. The product must contain at least 50% waste paper or board not generated as mill waste. The figure shown is how much recycled material is used.
Tidyman logo TIDY MAN Implies that you should dispose of the product carefully, do not litter.
WEEE Directive logo WEEE DIRECTIVE Shows that a product can be recycled separately from other household waste under the WEEE directive.
Wood recycling logo WOOD This logo identifies products containing wood from well managed forests.

Plastic recycling symbols

These symbols identify the type of plastic used in identify the type of plastic used in a packaging.

 

Recycle PETEPolyethylene Terepthalate found in Soft drink bottles & Cooking oil bottles – recycled into Pillow stuffing & Carpets.

 

 

  
 

Recycling HDPEHigh Density Polyethylene found in Milk bottles, Shampoo bottles & Yogurt containers – recycled into Playground equipment & bottles.

 

 

Recycling PVCPVC found in Water bottles & Detergent bottles – recycled into Floor tiles, Bubble wrap & Traffic cones.

 

 

Recycling LDPELow Density Polyethylene found in Grocery bags, Dry cleaning bags & Frozen food bags – recycled into Compost liners & Rubbish bin liners.

 

 

PlasticRecyclingPPPolypropylene found in Ketchup bottles, Syrup bottles, Lunch boxes & Dairy food containers – recycled into Pipes, Pegs, Battery cases & Trays.

 

 

Recycling polystyrenePolystyrene found in Foam cups & plates, Food trays & packaging – recycled into Egg cartons, Coat hangers & Stationery trays.

 

 

Recycling other plasticAll other plastics and multi-materials found in Safety glasses & Car lights – recycled into Outdoor signs & Car parts