Disposing of unwanted items in Bournemouth

Refuse Collection – Big Bin Little Bin

Bournemouth Borough Council introduced a kerbside recycling scheme called Big Bin, Little Bin in September 2006. This enables you to recycle the following items via your doorstep collection:

• Paper – including window envelopes

• Cardboard

• Cans – washed and crushed

• Plastic Bottles – plus plastic tops

• Glass

• Household Aerosols

Each household has been issued with a big bin for recycling, and a little bin for household refuse. The big bin is collected fortnightly and the little bin weekly. Bins need to be placed at the edge of your property before 6am on collection day and need to be visible from the road. Separate collection arrangements have been made for flats with communal bins

Bank Holiday and Christmas Collections

Bournemouth Borough Council collects refuse and recycling every bank holiday except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. If you collection falls on Christmas day or Boxing day, they will collect double the following week.

Home Composting

One of the most effective ways to reduce the amount of household waste going into your refuse bin is to ‘home compost’. This is particularly useful if you are a gardener as the compost can then be used on your garden to improve soil conditions. This has the added advantage of reducing the need to buy peat based products from expensive garden centres or supermarkets. The following products can go into a compost bin:

• Raw fruit and vegetable remains

• Fresh plants

• Tea bags

• Rabbit/guinea pig bedding

• Grass cuttings

• Dead leaves

• Twigs

• Sawdust

• Torn up cardboard

• Egg boxes

• Scrunched up paper

Composting bins are available from most garden centres, they are also available cheaply from the Council. Brown bio-degradable refuse bags are also available to take garden waste that will not go into a compost bin, or if you are unable to get to the local tip. For further information contact:

Recycling Department

Tel: 01202 451199

Mini household recycling centres

Mini recycling centres that you sometimes see in supermarket and public car parks, or on some street corners remain in-situ and work alongside the kerbside service. The items you can put in these are:
• Paper

• Cardboard

• Cans

• Glass

• Plastic bottles

• Foil

• Clothing & shoes

• Books & music

Millhams Community Recycling Centre

Millhams is the local council tip for the residents of Bournemouth. Proof of residency is required to use the centre, something like a council tax bill or a photo card driving licence.
All waste taken to Millhams is re-used, recycled or composted, instead of going to landfill.

The types of items you can dispose of at Millhams include:

• Bathroom/kitchen ceramics

• Engine Oil

• DIY waste

• Fridge Freezers

• Bricks

• Furniture

• Car Batteries

• Garden Waste

• Cardboard

• Gas Cylinders

• Cookers

• Plate glass

• Doors

• Window frames

• Electrical goods

• Tiles

• Wood

Millhams is open:
8am-7pm April 1 - October 31
8am - 5pm November 1 - March 31
Please note the site will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Clinical waste

It is very unusual for householders to need to deal with clinical waste. Most households that are likely to produce clinical waste will have been advised of supporting collection services by their GP or local hospital. In general the following guidelines are in place:

• Sharps (eg. Needles) – local GPs have sharps boxes, as do local police stations. You should contact your local police station or GP directly.

• Nappies/incontinence pads – can be safely disposed of through the normal refuse collection service.

• Out of date medicines – should be returned to the local chemists for proper disposal.

• Other household clinical waste – contact your GP or local hospital for advice about collection. Contact Medical Transport Services on 01202 851322.

Bulky household waste

District and Borough Councils can arrange for collection of large or bulky items for disposal. This cannot include garden waste or builder’s rubble but can include:

• White goods

• Soft furnishings

• Other furniture

• Garage/ shed contents, garden furniture

There is usually a charge for this service, normally in the region of £30 - £50. Confirm with your local council by contacting:

Bournemouth – 01202 451199

The goods need to be easily accessible to the contractors when they call to collect, either in the front garden or on a drive. The contractors will not remove items from inside the property, and do not do house or garage clearance. They will only collect items that have been indicated, when you called to arrange collection. Anything ‘added to the pile’ will remain uncollected.

White Goods

If you are having a new fridge, freezer, washing machine, or cooker delivered ask the company you are buying from if the delivery service will also take the old appliance away for disposal. If they are unable to do this then ask that they at least remove your old appliance into the front garden so that you can arrange for it to be collected.

Local organisations able to help recycle large items

British Heart Foundation

Furniture & Electrical Store
470 – 472 Wimborne Road
Tel: 08444 417 9468

Please donate any good quality furniture and electrical goods to help raise funds to fight heart and circulatory disease. Contact the number above to arrange free collection or book online at www.bhf.org.uk/collection . They also offer a house clearance service (charges may apply).

Dorset Lodge

10 Suffolk Road
Tel: 01202 317723

This organisation helps with the resettlement of prisoners and will take unwanted items and redistribute them.

Dorset Reclaim

85 Stanley Road
Tel: 01202 773384
Email: ray@dorsetreclaim.org.uk

Dorset Reclaim’s aim is to provide low cost furniture and electrical goods to people on benefits and local people on restricted incomes. Open Monday – Thursday 9.30am – 4.30pm and Friday 9.30am – 4pm, contact them if you have good quality items of furniture or white goods that you believe someone else could make good use of. Dorset Reclaim will arrange to come and assess and collect the goods. They will also remove any old electrical goods that are damaged or faulty for a nominal fee. They are also able to take good quality home making items such as carpets, curtains, crockery and cutlery. Area covered: whole of Dorset.

‘Keep Coming Back’

181 Seabourne Road
Tel: 07917 422117

‘Keep Coming Back’ is a relatively new organisation, our initial goal and primary aim is to provide recycled and restored basic furniture to vulnerable adults, while at the same time providing support with moving in and settling into a new home. ‘Keep Coming Back’ will furnish flats for £50. Please donate furniture, electrical goods, household goods and clothing.

Salvation Army – Community

695 – 697 Christchurch Road
Tel: 01202 390485

Accepts donations of clothing, furniture for those in need. Do not take electrical goods and all soft furnishings must have a fire safe label attached.

Salvation Army – Winton

The Place Next Door
1 Latimer Road
Tel: 01202 517989

Accept donations of clothing and furniture for those in need. May be able to help with the removal of some larger items of furniture. Do not take electrical goods and all soft furnishings must have a fire safe label attached.

Clothes and Textiles

There are numerous charity shops that will accept clean old clothes, textiles, shoes, bric-a-brac, books, CDs, DVDs, etc. Look in your local Yellow Pages or along your High Street to see where they are located.


If you want to donate or recycle your old computer it is advisable to delete all the files on the hard-drive to prevent misuse of your details in the future. Contact the following organisations if you wish to recycle:

 Admiral Systems and Peripherals

70 North Road
01202 715570

Out of Afrika is a charity that will make good use of your old working computer to help equip schools in Africa with technology. Contact: www.outofafrika.org.uk or email: Julie@outofafrika.org
01202 694492

Printer Cartridge Refilling Scheme

In the Bournemouth and Poole areas printer cartridges can be taken into the following stores to be refilled and recycled.

• Cartridge World, 185 Bournemouth Road, Parkstone email: cwparkstone@cartridgeworld.org

• Refill I.T. 1154 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth

• Refill I.T. 776 Wimborne Road, Moordown email: boscombeeast@refillit.org

Telephone Directories

If you want to stop receiving copies of the BT Phonebook, Thomson Directory or Yellow Pages you can cancel your delivery at www.junkbuster.org.uk .

Alternatively you can contact:
BT - to cancel phonebook: tel: 0800 833 400
Thomson Local – email: info@thomsonlocal.com giving your name and address
Yellow Pages: tel 0800 671 444


Useful websites and waste disposal companies

Charity Retail: www.charityretail.org.uk

Recycling appeal: www.recyclingappeal.com - collects mobile phones and printer cartridges.

Recycle More: www.recycle-more.co.uk

Recycle Now: www.recyclenow.com

Recycled Products: www.recycledproducts.org.uk

Rubbish Clearance: http://www.rubbishclearancebournemouth.co.uk/ a local independent company who are able to clear rubbish and large items from your house or garden. They will also transport large items if you want to recycle your old furniture etc. to charity or move from A to B. Based in and around Bournemouth but willing to travel to wider Dorset.

Tools with a Mission: www.twam.co.uk enables people to earn a living and to support themselves in the Third World.

WRAP: www.wrap.org.uk

Waste Online: www.wasteonline.org.uk


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