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Recycle for Dorset: Bins and containers

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See the types of bins and containers used for the recycle for Dorset service.

Recycling collection - bin and box

The following containers are collected every fortnight from the kerbside:

  • A 240-litre black wheelie bin with a green lid for paper, cardboard, plastics, tins, cans and aerosols
    Approximate size: 107cm/42in (high) x 58cm/23in (wide) x 74cm/29in (deep)

  • A green recycling box for glass bottles and jars - please keep your current recycling box to use for the new service. If you don't have a recycling box please contact us to let us know.

  • Household batteries are collected in a small, reusable bag, which should be placed on top of the recycling box.

Read more about the recycling service and our frequently asked questions.

Rubbish collection

Each household receives a black 140-litre wheelie bin for rubbish. This bin is collected every fortnight from the kerbside.

Approximate size: 107cm/42in (high) x 48cm/19in (wide) x 56cm/22in (deep)

Read more about refuse collections and our frequently asked questions.

Food waste collection

Each household receives two brown containers for food waste - a small, 7-litre kitchen caddy and a larger, 23-litre container to be kept outdoors. This is collected every week from the kerbside.

Approximate sizes:

  • 7-litre kitchen caddies range in size but on average they are 25cm/10in (high) x 21cm/8in (wide)

  • 23-litre container - 40cm/16in (high) x 32cm/13in (wide) x 40 cm/16in (deep) including the rear handle

Read more about why we are collecting food waste and our frequently asked questions.

Optional garden waste service

The optional garden waste service uses a 240-litre wheelie bin (same dimensions as the recycling bin) with a brown lid. Households unable to use wheelie bins can apply for a garden waste collection using compostable bags.

Find out more and apply online for the optional garden waste collection.

Requesting different containers

The 'recycle for Dorset' service is designed to be suitable for most households. An alternative bag and box service is provided for properties that have been assessed as unable to use wheelie bins.

If you feel that there are genuine reasons why you can no longer use the standard containers, you can request different containers.

Flats and communal collections

We have visited blocks of flats and other shared accommodation to look at the options for communal facilities. We try to offer flats a full collection service wherever possible, but this depends on the available space. For more information see our flats and shared accommodation page.

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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