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Recycle for Dorset: New bins and containers

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See the types of bins and containers used for the new recycle for Dorset service.

Recycling collection - bin and box

The following containers are collected every fortnight from the kerbside:

  • A 240-litre grey wheelie bin with a green lid for paper, cardboard, plastics, tins, cans and aerosols
    Approximate size: 107cm/42in (high) x 58cm/23in (wide) x 74cm/29in (deep)

  • A green recycling box for glass bottles and jars - please keep your current recycling box to use for the new service. If you don't have a recycling box please contact us to let us know.

  • Household batteries are collected in a small, reusable bag, which should be placed on top of the recycling box.

Read more about the new recycling service and our frequently asked questions.

Food waste collection

Each household receives two brown containers for food waste - a small, 7-litre kitchen caddy and a larger, 23-litre container to be kept outdoors. This is collected every week from the kerbside.

Approximate sizes:

  • 7-litre kitchen caddies range in size but on average they are 25cm/10in (high) x 21cm/8in (wide)

  • 23-litre container - 40cm/16in (high) x 32cm/13in (wide) x 40 cm/16in (deep) including the rear handle

Read more about why we are collecting food waste and our frequently asked questions.

Rubbish collection

Each household receives a grey 140-litre wheelie bin for rubbish. This bin is collected every fortnight from the kerbside.

Approximate size: 107cm/42in (high) x 48cm/19in (wide) x 56cm/22in (deep)

Read more about refuse collections and our frequently asked questions.

Optional garden waste service

Residents who sign up to the optional garden waste service receive a 240-litre wheelie bin for £35 a year.

Find out more and apply online for the optional garden waste collection.

New bin delivery

New bins are currently being delivered in Purbeck and some parts of West Dorset.

Non-standard containers

The 'recycle for Dorset' service is designed to be suitable for most households. However, there are certain reasons why some households could be eligible to receive non-standard containers.

Flats and communal collections

We will be visiting blocks of flats and other shared accommodation to look at the options for communal facilities. We would like to offer flats a full collection service wherever possible but this will depend on the available space. For more information see our flats and shared accommodation page.

Contact the Dorset Waste Partnership

If you want to report a problem, request a service or enquire about something, you can save time by doing it online:

If you would like more information, you can contact the Dorset Waste Partnership.

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