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West Dorset recycling and rubbish collections

Find your next bin collection dates and information about recycling and rubbish bin collections in West Dorset.

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The 'recycle for Dorset' service

The 'recycle for Dorset' service is now used in Dorchester, Broadmayne, Cerne and Piddle Valleys, Charminster, Crossways, Osmington, Owermoigne, Puddletown and Tolpuddle (view map) (pdf, 184kb) (opens in a new window) .

Please note the following:

  • Check your collection day on the calendar you received in the post or online
  • Food waste may be collected at a different time of day to other materials using a different vehicle
  • Collections may take up until the end of your collection day to be completed
  • Please wait until the end of the day or the next morning to report a missed collection

Rubbish collections in West Dorset (non-recycle for Dorset)

Residents have a weekly collection of rubbish from plastic sacks. Sacks are not provided by the council.

Please remember on collection day:

  • It is your responsibility to safely contain rubbish until it is collected
  • Your rubbish needs to be out by 7.30am on your collection day
  • In areas where gulls and animals are a problem, rubbish should be left in a suitable container such as a dustbin to help stop sacks being torn open
  • Do not put garden waste, bulky waste or commercial waste in your sacks
  • If you receive an assisted collection, please make sure your bin/sacks are at the agreed collection point

Recycling collections in West Dorset (non-recycle for Dorset)

Most residents in West Dorset have a fortnightly collection of recycling using a:

  • Green box with a lid for cans, tins, aerosols and glass bottles and jars
  • Green bag for paper and lightweight card
  • Small red bag for batteries and mobile phones

Unfortunately, we are unable to collect plastic bottles, though these can be taken to your nearest recycling centre for recycling.

Please remember on collection day:

  • Your recycling needs to be out by 7.30am on collection day
  • Your bag and box need to be clearly visible and placed where the access to your property meets the highway
  • Bring your bag and box in as soon as possible after collection
  • Plastic, Pyrex, drinking glasses and window glass cannot be put in your green box
  • It is illegal to put commercial waste in with your household waste

Please see the  recycling sorting guide (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)  for more information.

Food waste collections in the Sherborne area

Residents in Sherborne and the surrounding area have a weekly collection of food waste using a 23-litre brown lockable caddy.

Material from the brown bin is composted and made into soil improver. 

Please remember: 

  • Please make sure that your brown caddy is available for collection from 7.30am
  • Both cooked and uncooked food can be placed in the brown bin, as well as household flowers
  • Garden waste, plastic bags, cartons, rubble, pet waste and nappies cannot be put into the brown bin
  • Liners used in your brown bin need to be compostable and have the 'seedling' logo 
  • It is illegal to put commercial waste in with your household waste

Garden waste collections

Households in areas where the 'recycle for Dorset' service is used can pay for an optional, fortnightly garden waste collection using a 240-litre wheelie bin with a brown lid.

Residents in other areas can pay for council garden waste sacks if you are unable to compost your garden waste at home or take it to your local household recycling centre for composting.

Assisted collection

If you are no longer able able to manage putting your bin out for collection, and there is nobody else to help you do so, please contact the Dorset Waste Partnership to arrange an assisted collection, so that a more suitable collection point for your bin can be agreed (for example, just outside your front door).

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Christmas and New Year collections

A normal collection service will take place on all public holidays with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. 

Report a missed bin collection in West Dorset

If your refuse was put out on time but not collected, please report a missed bin collection.

Request a new bin

You can Request a new bin, recycling box or food caddy [Redirect - 412361]

Alternatively you can collect green boxes and green/red bags for recycling from the following locations:

  • Tourist information centres at Sherborne and Lyme Regis
  • District council offices at Bridport, Sherborne or Dorchester
  • Town council offices at Beaminster and Chickerell

Replacement bags and boxes are free of charge, though extra green boxes are available from the council for £5.

We are unable to provide replacement lids or dividers.

If the box and bag are not large enough, recyclables can be placed in a similar rigid plastic container next to your box and bag. It is important to ensure that bags are clearly labelled as 'recycling' to ensure they are not collected as refuse.

  • Recycle for Dorset collection service in West Dorset

    People in part of West Dorset including Dorchester, Broadmayne, Cerne and Piddle Valleys, Charminster, Crossways, Osmington, Owermoigne, Puddletown and Tolpuddle use the 'recycle for Dorset' collection service

West Dorset includes

Beaminster, Bridport, Chickerell, Dorchester, Lyme Regis and Sherborne

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