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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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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)
  • foil-based wrapping paper


Recycling - fortnightly collection

Standard: 240-litre black wheelie bin with a green lid

Bag and box: Two boxes with lids for mixed recycling

Yes, pleaseNo, thanks

All 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)


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 batteriescar 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.

  • 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.

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