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Recycling centre charges in Dorset

Recycling centres in Dorset charge for the disposal of certain types of material.

The council does not legally have to provide facilities for residents to dispose of materials that do not come from the day to day running of a household. Charging enables us to continue providing a disposal service for these materials. 


Only pre-booked asbestos will be accepted on site. Asbestos is only accepted at Christchurch, Weymouth, Wareham and Blandford sites, and is limited to up to three 1.8m x 1.2m cement-bonded sheets annually per household.

Book an asbestos disposal slot


These charges will apply to all householders visiting a household recycling centre that wish to drop off any of the specific items as detailed below.

Material that has come from commercial activity, including work carried out by a builder or tradesperson on your behalf, will not be accepted at all regardless of whether you are prepared to pay for it or not.

MaterialCharge (inc. VAT)QuantityCharging guidance
Hardcore and rubble£1.50per bag* or item

Charged for:

  • bricks
  • blocks
  • slates
  • tiles
  • rubble
  • paving slabs
  • concrete
  • hardcore
  • ceramic toilets/sinks/pedestals/baths
  • window/door glass

Pedestals and toilet cisterns are charged for separately. Therefore, a sink and pedestal would be two items

No charge:

  • crockery
  • drinking glasses
  • pyrex dishes
  • terracotta / earthenware plant pots
  • mirrors
  • solid fuel waste
  • fish tanks
  • metal / plastic baths
Soil£1.50per bag*

Charged for:

  • soil
  • stones
  • sand
  • gravel

No charge:

  • soil surrounding roots of a plant
  • compost

(These should be placed in the garden waste container)

Asbestos£6per bag**

Pre-booking required

Must be securely wrapped

Charged for:

  • bonded asbestos only, limited amount
  • roof sheets
  • floor / ceiling tiles
  • soffits, gutters and drains
  • storage heater
  • water tank

No charge:

  • airing-cupboard door and oven doors
  • ironing boards
  • fire blankets
  • hot plates

per small domestic roofing sheet or similar.

Maximum of three sheets of per visit.

Each sheet must be no more than 6ft x 4ft (183cm x 122cm)

Plasterboard£2.50per bag*

Charged for:

  • plaster and gypsum related products
  • plaster powder
£10per sheet
Motor vehicle and motorcycle tyres£5per tyre

Charged for:

  • motor vehicle tyres
  • motorcycle tyres

No charge:

  • bicycle tyres
  • wheelbarrow tyres

Cannot be accepted:

  • commercial tyres
  • agricultural tyres
Gas canisters (including fire extinguishers)£6small (up to 10kg)

Charged for:

  • LPG cylinders
  • fire extinguishers
  • helium bottles

No charge:

  • small camping stove canisters
  • soda stream bottles

Cannot be accepted:

  • brewery cylinders
  • diving cylinders
  • welding cylinders
  • medical cylinders (including oxygen cylinders)


£11medium (10kg - 20kg)
£35large (more than 20kg) or specialist containers


*a bag is equivalent to a small, plastic, sand/aggregate bag from standard DIY stores (or similar) that can be safely lifted by one person.

**6 bags maximum (a bag is equivalent to a small, plastic, sand/aggregate bag from standard DIY stores (or similar) that can be safely lifted by one person).  2 bags equate to 1 sheet if taking a combination of sheets/bags.

All other household waste materials continue to be accepted from residents free of charge.


Before unloading your waste, please see a member of site staff who will work out how much you need to pay.

The site manager's decision on materials and payment will be final.

You can pay using cash, debit or credit card (excluding American Express), contactless payment, Apple Pay or Android Pay.

Printed receipts are available for all transactions.

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