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Recycle for Dorset: Recycling collection

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Recycling is collected fortnightly using a 240-litre wheelie bin, a box for glass and a battery bag.

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About the new recycling service

With the 'recycle for Dorset' service you can recycle more types of materials than before, including plastic pots, tubs and trays. We will collect unlimited recycling. Most households will use:

  • a 240-litre wheelie bin with a green lid for mixed recycling except glass (see table below)

  • their current green recycling box for collecting glass. If you don't currently have a box please contact us (opens in a new window).

  • a small, reusable, red bag for batteries (placed on top of the contents of the box for collection)

We collect glass separately so that we can send high quality, clean materials to be recycled. If glass gets mixed in with other materials and smashes it would contaminate the other materials, making them less valuable.

What you can recycle

ContainerYes, pleaseNo, thanks

240 litre recycling wheelie bin with green lid

240-litre wheelie bin (green lid)

Envelopes (including windows)
Shredded paper

Cardboard boxes
Corrugated cardboard
Cereal packets
Greetings cards
Card sleeves

Plastic bottles

Tins and cans
Aluminium and steel


Glass bottles and jars
Plastic film
Plastic bags
Aluminium foil
Metal jar lids
Crisp packets and wrappers
Beverage cartons
Clothes and textiles
Food waste
Garden waste
General rubbish

Green recycling box for glass

Green recycling box

Glass bottles and jars

Broken glass (wrap in paper and place in your rubbish bin)

Lightbulbs (accepted at household recycling centres)

Oven-proof glass/Pyrex (accepted at household recycling centres)

Sheet glass and windowpanes (accepted at household recycling centres)

Metal tops and lids (please replace on container)

General rubbish and recycling

Red reusable battery bag

Red battery bag

Household batteries
AA, AAA, 'button' and rechargeable batteries

Car batteries (accepted at household recycling centres)

Mobile phones (accepted at household recycling centres)

Find out more about the types of plastics you can recycle.

Please help us by:

  • Putting items in your bin/box loose (if you put them in bags we will not be able to collect them)

  • Flattening cardboard boxes

  • Rinsing out bottles, tins, cans, pots, tubs and trays (they don't need to be spotless)

  • Squashing cans and bottles if possible

  • Making sure aerosols are empty and not pierced 

What happens to our recycling?

Find out more about what happens to your recycling after it has been collected using the 'recycle for Dorset' service.

Recycling bin too big?

If only one or two people live permanently in your household and you feel the 240-litre bin is too big you can request a smaller, 140-litre wheelie bin for recycling (opens in a new window). Please note there may be an administration fee if you later choose to go back to a 240-litre bin. You don't have to fill your bin before putting it out for collection - we will collect what you have every fortnight.

Households that are unable to use wheelie bins can receive additional boxes with lids to use for their recycling. Find out more about requesting an exception.

We collect unlimited recycling

There is no limit to the amount of recycling you can put out for collection. Recycling that does not fit in your bin or box should be put in boxes, with glass kept separate. Put any paper and cardboard in the wheelie bin or boxes with lids to keep it dry. Alternatively, extra recycling can be taken to your local recycling centre.

 I don't have a box for glass

You can pick one up from one of our bin collection points located round Dorset. Alternatively you can request one online or by giving us a call.

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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