Disposing of unwanted items in Purbeck

Domestic Refuse Collection

Purbeck District Council offers an alternate week collection service for refuse and recycling. The majority of households have been provided with a 240 litre wheeled bin which should be used for any waste that cannot be recycled and a green 55 litre box for the collection of recyclable material. The wheeled bin is collected one week and the green box is collected the next week. This means they are collected fortnightly on alternate weeks. All bins and boxes need to be placed adjacent to the road at the front of your property before 7am on the day of your collection.

Green Box Recycling

The following items can be recycled via the green box collection:

• Newspapers, magazines, paper, and junk mail

• Yellow pages directories, light card (cereal boxes, tissue boxes)

• Glass bottles and jars (please rinse)

• Food and drink cans (please rinse and squash)

• Household aerosols (don’t squash)

• Textiles ( including clothes, curtains, towels sheets, sheets, and blankets)

• Good quality shoes (please tie together)

Items that can’t go into the kerbside recycling box

• Plastic bottles, plastic containers and wrapping

• Carrier bags, envelopes, brown cardboard, bulky catalogues

• Light bulbs, drinking glasses, glass cookware

If you have more items to recycle than will fit into the green box then place them in plastic bags or additional boxes alongside your recycling box on collection day. Alternatively you can take them to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Garden Waste

The best way to deal with garden waste is to home compost it for re-use on the garden. In order to encourage this Purbeck District Council in partnership with Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) are offering composters from as little as £8. For further details contact 0844 571 4444 or www.dorset.getcomposting.com . If you are unable to home compost the garden waste can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre where it will be turned into compost for re-sale to the community.

For further details of all refuse and recycling schemes, and if there are any problems please contact the Recycle for Purbeck Helpline on 01929 557279 or email recycle@purbeck-dc.gov.uk or visit www.purbeck.gov.uk

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. East Dorset also have collection boxes contact 01202 639006 for further details.

• 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 for details of collection in Purbeck on 01202 851322, and Brian Cassidy on 01305 255573 for North Dorset.

Bulky household waste

Your local council are able dispose of bulky household waste for you but there is a charge for this service. To find out details of charges and when they can collect the items contact:

Purbeck District Council Customer Services on 01929 556561

Items that are too large to be recycled via household collection schemes can be taken to local household waste sites. These are located at:


Swanage Household Recycling Centre

Panorama Road
Swanage Road
BH19 2QT

Open: 1st April – 31st October 9am – 6pm
1st November – 31st March 9am – 5pm
Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day.

Wareham Household Recycling Centre

Westminster Road Industrial Estate
BH20 4SN

Open: 1st April – 31st October 9am – 6pm
1st November – 31st March 9am – 5pm
Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day.

Reusing furniture, white goods and household Items

Next time you need to throw away some household items stop and think whether another person could make use of them. There are local organisations that will recycle items you no longer need to those who do need them. Sometimes following some minor repairs or reconditioning items are passed on to members of the community who may be in need.

Dorset Reclaim

3 Didcott Road
Nuffield Industrial Estate
Tel: 01202 679080 – (main) 01202 679350 – Bulky Household Waste
Email: george@dorsetreclaim.org.uk

Dorset Reclaim

Unit 5, Poundbury West Industrial Estate
Poundbury Way
Tel: 01305 267711
Fax: 01305 267760
Email: angie@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.

Other organisations that will recycle goods

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 organisation below if you wish to recycle:

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

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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