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What goes in which bin in Dorset?

Check what you can recycle and which materials should go in which container.

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You can also download our Right Stuff Right Bin leaflet (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window) for simple guidance on how to use your kerbside recycling service.

Food waste - weekly collection

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

7-litre kitchen caddy (keep indoors)

23-litre food waste bin (keep outdoors)

Yes, pleaseNo, thanks

All cooked and uncooked food, including:

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

Compostable and newspaper caddy liners

  • carrier bags/plastic bags
  • food packaging
  • garden waste
  • pet waste
  • liquids
  • oil or liquid fats


Find out more about food waste and where it goes.

Rubbish - fortnightly collection

Standard: 140-litre black rubbish bin

Bag and box: Two authorised blue sacks per fortnight

Yes, pleaseNo, thanks

Rubbish that can't 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


Recycling - fortnightly collection

Standard: 240-litre black wheelie bin with a green lid (Purbeck residents: Your recycling bin may differ in appearance)

Bag and box: Two boxes with lids for mixed recycling

Yes, pleaseNo, thanks

Paper and cardboard, including

  • wrapping paper (not foil-based)
  • newspapers
  • envelopes
  • directories
  • shredded paper (small quantities); Cereal packets
  • greetings cards
  • cardboard (including corrugated card)
  • plastic bottles (including milk, soft drinks, shampoo, shower gel, cleaning products)
  • plastic pots (including yogurt, cream and soup)
  • plastic tubs (including margarine and ice cream)
  • plastic trays (including fruit and vegetable punnets)
  • plastic lids (they must be placed back on the plastic bottles/pots/tubs)
  • tins and cans
  • aerosols (including deodorant, hairspray, furniture polish)


NOTE: 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.


Box for glass

Yes, pleaseNo, 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


Reusable battery bag

Yes, pleaseNo, thanks
household batteries, including AA, AAA, 'button' and rechargeable batteries
  • mobile phone batteries
  • car batteries
  • laptop batteries
  • tablet batteries


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

Chat with the Dorset Waste Partnership

  • Bin tags and stickers

    Bin collection crews may place coloured tags or stickers on your containers if you have not used the service correctly. Find out what they mean.

  • Syringes

    Advice about what to do about used and discarded needles, syringes and other medical sharps and drug-related items.

Chat with the Dorset Waste Partnership

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