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Household recycling centres in Dorset

Need to dispose of waste? Find your nearest household recycling centre in Dorset and see opening times.

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What can I take to household recycling centres?

There are 11 household recycling centres managed by the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) where residents can recycle a range of household and garden waste. See a list of materials you can take to household recycling centres in Dorset.

Garden waste at household recycling centres

You can take household garden waste to a household recycling centre for free. Garden waste is taken to be composted.

If you cannot or do not want to travel to the household recycling centre, we also provide a garden waste collection service in some areas for an annual fee.

Bulky waste collections

If you want to dispose of a bulky item, such as an old mattress, sofa, washing machine or fridge, and you cannot take it to a household recycling centre, you can request a bulky waste collection for a small fee.

Local furniture reuse groups in Dorset may be able to collect unwanted furniture and electrical items for free.

Where is my nearest household recycling centre?

You can use our My Local service to find your nearest centre or use the below interactive map.

List of household recycling centres in Dorset

Find details of the 11 household recycling centres in Dorset, including the address and opening times for each.

Bournemouth and Poole household recycling centres

Residents in some parts of Dorset can use household recycling centres in Bournemouth and Poole. Restrictions apply.

Building materials, rubble and asbestos

The following restrictions also apply to types of building and construction materials at Dorset household recycling centres:

  • A maximum of six bags (or what could fit into a standard saloon car boot) of plasterboard, rubble or hardcore-type waste per household per month. For more advice, read our rubble and hardcore factsheet (pdf, 42kb) (opens in a new window)
  • Waste from the construction or demolition of a property is not accepted at our HRCs because legally it is classed as industrial waste, even if it is from a domestic property
  • Four Dorset HRCs are licensed to accept cement-bonded asbestos: Blandford, ChristchurchWareham and Weymouth 
  • Asbestos must be double-bagged before it is taken to a HRC
  • Asbestos is limited to a one-off deposit of up to three sheets of no more than six feet by four feet

Commercial vehicle restrictions at household recycling centres

Please note that commercial vehicle and waste restrictions apply at our household recycling centres.

Large trailers more than 1.2 metres wide and 1.8 metres long cannot be used to take waste to our HRCs.

Customer service charter and site regulations

Read our household recycling centre customer serice charter (pdf, 15kb) (opens in a new window)  and household recycling centre site regulations (pdf, 17kb) (opens in a new window) .

Mini household recycling centres (bring banks)

See details of all mini recycling centres in Dorset, along with details of the materials that can be recycled at each centre.

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