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Which bin do I use?

If your waste item isn't listed below, please have a look at Recycle Now's recycling directory.

Please note that your bin(s) may differ in appearance.

Food waste - weekly collection

Kitchen caddy liners are available at most supermarkets and local shops.

Dorset Bins - FW caddy crop  7-litre kitchen caddy (keep indoors)

Dorset Bins - FW bin crop  23-litre food waste bin (keep outdoors)

What can go in your food waste bin
 Yes please No thanks

 All cooked and uncooked food, including

  • meat, fish and bones
  • fruit and vegetables peelings
  • cheese and dairy produce
  • cakes, bread and pastries
  • leftovers, including plate scrapings
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • pasta, rice and egg shells

Compostable and newspaper caddy liners.

  • carrier bags/plastic bags
  • food packaging
  • garden waste
  • pet waste
  • liquids
  • oil or liquid fats
  • paper cups of any kind

Find out more about food waste and where it goes.

Rubbish - fortnightly collection

Depending on your circumstances, each household has been allocated one of the following two options.

Recycle for Dorset bin - Standard rubbish binStandard: 140-litre black rubbish bin

Recycle for Dorset bin - Blue bag for rubbishBag and box: Two authorised blue sacks per fortnight

What goes in your rubbish bin
 Yes please No thanks

Rubbish that cannot be recycled, including:

  • disposable nappies
  • plastic film and polystyrene 
  • broken glass (wrapped in paper)
  • cold ashes
  • pet waste (including cat litter)
  • medical and sanitary waste
  • disposable razors (wrapped in paper)
  • tissues and paper towels
  • foil-based wrapping paper
  • garden waste
  • hot ashes
  • clinical (such as syringes)
  • hazardous waste (such as paints, oils, chemicals, gas bottles and low energy light bulbs)
  • commercial waste
  • industrial, construction or landscaping waste (such as bricks, rubble, stony debris)


Recycling - fortnightly collection

Depending on your circumstances, each household has been allocated one of the following two options.

Recycle for Dorset bin - Standard recyclingStandard: 240-litre black wheelie bin with a green lid

Recycle for Dorset bin - Recycling box Bag and box: Two boxes with lids for mixed recycling

What can go in your recycling bin
 Yes please No thanks

 Paper and cardboard including:

  • wrapping paper (not foil based)
  • newspapers
  • envelopes
  • directories
  • magazines
  • shredded paper (small quantities)
  • cereal boxes
  • greetings cards
  • cardboard (including corrugated card)
  • plastic bottles (including milk, soft drinks, shampoo, shower gel, cleaning products)
  • plastic pots (including yoghurt, cream, soup)
  • plastic tubs (including margarine, butter, ice cream)
  • plastic trays (including fruit and vegetable punnets)
  • plastic lids (they must be placed back on the plastic bottles, pots and tubs)
  • tins and cans
  • aerosols (including deodorant, hairspray, furniture polish)
  • plastic/carrier bags
  • tissues and paper towels
  • disposable nappies
  • food and drink cartons (soup, juice etc)
  • paper cups
  • glass 
  • plastic film
  • polystyrene 
  • foil/foil trays
  • commercial waste
  • crisp packets
  • clothes and textiles
  • plant pots and seed trays
  • food waste
  • garden waste
  • clinical waste (such as syringes/medical sharps)
  • electrical items
  • batteries 
  • general rubbish

Plastic items can be rinsed to remove excess food/liquid, but do not need to be cleaned thoroughly. Take care when handling items that previously contained raw meat and fish.

Recycle for Dorset bin - Box for glassBox for glass

What can go in your glass box
 Yes please No thanks
  • glass bottles and jars
  • metal bottle/jar tops (left on the bottle or jar)
  • broken glass
  • light bulbs
  • oven-proof glass (e.g. pyrex)
  • sheet glass and windowpanes
  • plastic tops and lids
  • general rubbish and recycling

R4DBatteries Reusable battery bag

What can go in your battery bag
 Yes please No thanks
  • household batteries, including AA, AAA, 'button' and rechargeable batteries
  • mobile phone batteries
  • car batteries
  • laptop batteries
  • tablet batteries

 Garden waste - fortnightly collection

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 Dorset Bins - GW bin cropStandard: 240-litre black wheelie bin with a brown lid

 Dorset Bins - GW bag crop  Sack: Authorised compostable paper sack (2 per collection)

Table of suitable and unsuitable materials to be placed in garden waste bin
 Yes please No thanks
  • hedge cuttings
  • grass cuttings
  • twigs and small branches
  • plants
  • cut flowers
  • leaves
  • small amounts of home-grown fruit and vegetables
  • any non-organic waste
  • branches with a diameter of more than 15cm
  • logs and tree stumps
  • invasive weeds (e.g. Japanese Knotweed, Ragwort)
  • soil, bricks, rubble, stones, rocks
  • plastics, such as compost bags, plant pots and seed trays
  • ashes
  • animal faeces and bedding

Most items that cannot be recycled using the kerbside collection service can be taken to a household recycling centre.

Wrong stuff in the wrong bin?

If there is any reason why we cannot collect some or all of your waste, we will leave a tag or sticker on the container. Find out what our tags and stickers mean.

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