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What can I take to a recycling centre?

Recycling centres provide facilities for recycling a range of both household and garden waste.

You can only take household waste to Find a recycling centre in Dorset.

Some types of commercial waste can be taken to Blandford, Swanage and Sherborne recycling centres, but a disposal charge (per tonne) is made. Contact W&S Recycling (opens in a new window) for more information.

The following list contains examples of materials we accept.

A-Z

Yes please

Aerosols

Aluminium (scrap metal, cans and foil)

Asbestos - only accepted at Blandford, Christchurch, Wareham and Weymouth - must be pre-booked (opens in a new window)

Batteries

Bedding

Books

Cans

Car batteries

Cardboard

Christmas trees - real (can be composted with garden waste) and fake (cannot be recycled)

Chemicals - household and garden chemicals only - maximum 5 litres of each chemical type - containers must be labelled

Clothing

Cooking oil

Construction and industrial waste - charges apply for some items

Electrical equipment

Engine oil

Fire extinguishers - charges apply

Foil

Fridges/freezers

Furniture

Garden waste

Gas bottles - charges apply

Glass bottles and jars - not available at Wimborne recycling centre

Hardcore - charges apply

Lightbulbs

Mattresses

Mobile phones

Paper

Paint

Plasterboard - charges apply

Plastic bottles

Rubble - charges apply

Scrap metal

Soil - charges apply

Textiles

Tyres - charges apply

Wallpaper

White spirit - see 'Chemicals'

Wood

No thank you

Ammunition

Car parts (can usually be taken to a breakers yard - check in advance)

Chemicals - without labels and/or greater than 5 litres

Clinical waste

Japanese knotweed (opens in a new window)

Fuel (petrol and diesel)

Medicines (Take unwanted medicines to a pharmacy, where they can be disposed of safely. Do not use your rubbish bin or toilet.)

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