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Recycling collection in Dorset

grey bin green lid

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

As part of the Recycle for Dorset service, most properties should have the following recycling containers:

  • a grey wheelie bin with a green lid for mixed recycling (except glass)

  • a green box for glass bottles and jars

  • a small red bag for batteries

Properties that can't store wheelie bins use the bag and box service and should have three boxes for recycling.

What you can recycle in Dorset

ContainerYes, pleaseNo, thanks

240 litre recycling wheelie bin with green lid

Wheelie bin (green lid)


  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Envelopes
  • Phone directories
  • Shredded paper (small amounts)


  • Cardboard boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Cereal packets
  • Greetings cards


  • Plastic bottles
  • Pots
  • Tubs
  • Trays
  • (Lids can be placed back on these)

Tins and cans


  • Glass
  • Plastic bags and film
  • Polystyrene
  • Aluminium foil
  • Crisp packets and wrappers
  • Food and drink cartons (Tetra Pak)
  • Clothes and textiles
  • Food waste
  • Garden waste
  • General rubbish

Green recycling box for glass

Green box

Glass bottles and jars

Metal screw-tops
(please screw back on bottle)


Red reusable battery bag

Red battery bag

AA, AAA, 'button' and rechargeable batteries

  • Car batteries
  • Mobile phones

(accepted at household recycling centres)


Please help us by:

  • Putting recyclable items in loose (no plastic bags, please)

  • 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 

Extra recycling

We will collect any extra recycling that doesn't fit in your bin or boxes. Please put it in your own boxes, with glass kept separate. Do not put it in tied bags.

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.

Request it, report it or contact us

You can save time and help save money for local services by doing the following online:

Request bin changes or help

Pay for garden waste

Report a missed bin

Report a lost or damaged bin

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