Disposing of unwanted items in West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland

West Dorset District Council

Household Refuse

West Dorset District Council provides a weekly kerbside collection for all domestic properties.
Refuse needs to be placed in a dustbin at the kerbside by 7.30am on your collection day. Refuse collections continue at Bank Holidays with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Assisted Collection Service

If you have difficulty placing your dustbin at the kerbside due to disability, long term illness, or because you are elderly then it is possible to arrange for it to be collected from your back door. For further details contact West Dorset Services on 01305 251010, email: custservices@westdorset-dc.gov.uk

Kerbside Recycling Scheme

Each household is provided with a green plastic box with a lid to recycle glass and cans, a separate green bag for mixed paper and cardboard, and a bag to recycle batteries. The recycling collection will be made fortnightly on the same day as your normal refuse collection. Please do not place the following items in your recycling boxes:

• Window glass

• Pyrex or other glass cooking pots

• Drinking glasses

• Any type of plastic bottle, food container (ice cream or yogurt pots etc.), or bags.

Additional recycling boxes can be purchased from the council for £5, additional bags are available free of charge. Contact the Customer Service Team on 01305 251010 for further details.

Garden Waste in West Dorset

The district council will collect garden waste but it must be in an official garden waste bag. These can be purchased from local council offices. Contact the Customer Service Team on 01305 251010 for further details.

Alternatively you could home compost your garden waste and some of your food waste for reuse on your garden. Compost bins are available at a reduced price if you contact the Dorset Waste Partnership on 0844 571 4444. They work in partnership with Dorset County Council.

If you are able you can also take your garden waste to any of the local Bulky Household Waste Centres (see listed below under the heading ‘Bulky Household Waste’).

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council

Household Refuse

In the area covered by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council each household has been given a green 180 litre wheeled bin for their residual household waste, and a 120 litre brown wheeled bin for all household organic kitchen waste which will also include heavy duty cardboard (corrugated etc.). These bins need to be placed adjacent to the kerbside before 6am on your usual day of collection. Each household will also be given a smaller ‘kitchen caddy’ bin to place organic kitchen waste into, this can then be emptied into the larger brown bin for collection or placed on your own garden compost heap.
Bins will be emptied over the summer Bank Holidays on the normal collection cycle, however over Christmas the collections may well be up to 3 days late. At no time will the brown organic waste bin be left for a full fortnight.

Kerbside Recycling – Green Box and Green Bag

Items you can place in your green box for recycling include:

• Cans and aerosols – aluminium/steel food cans, household aerosols

• Glass bottles and jars – no broken glass or lids, no glass cookware.

• Plastic bottles washed and squashed with lids screwed back on where possible.

Items you can place in your green bag for recycling include:

• Newspapers, magazines

• Computer paper

• Cardboard – such as cereal packets (Not corrugated cardboard or telephone directories)

Garden Waste

The council is able to collect garden waste so long as it is placed in special sacks purchased from the council. These bags will be collected at the same time as your normal household waste. For details of how to purchase the bags, and if you have any queries about refuse collection contact the Customer Care Centre on 01305 838000. Alternatively you can place garden waste on your own garden compost heap or take it to your local Bulky Household Waste Centre (see list below).

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 – For advice on other household generated clinical waste, call the Medical Transport Services on 01202 851322.

Bulky household waste

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council both provide a collection service for large bulky household waste such as furniture, white goods, shed clearance items. However there is a charge for this service. For further details contact:

West Dorset – West Dorset Services: 01305 251010 email: custservices@westdorset-dc.gov.uk Website: www.dorsetforyou.com

Weymouth & Portland – Customer Care: 01305 838000 Website: www.weymouth.gov.uk

Alternatively items can be taken to your local Bulky Household Waste Centre listed below:

Bridport Household Recycling Centre

Broomhills Nursery
West Bay Fields

Open: 1st April – 30th September 9am – 6pm, Mon to Sun.
1st October – 31st March 9am – 4pm, Mon to Sun.
Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day

Dorchester: Louds Mill Household Recycling Centre

St Georges Road

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

Portland Household Recycling Centre

Easton Lane

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

Sherborne Waste Management Centre

West Mill Lane

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

Weymouth – Lodmoor Household Recycling Centre

Preston Beach Road

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.

Here are a couple of organisations who operate in the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland areas.

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 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.

Furnicare Re-Use Project

The Mill/Boden Street
TA20 2DD
Tel: 01460 68221 – covers area from Chard, Somerset to Honiton and Wellington in Devon, to Lyme Regis and Bridport in Dorset.
Yeovil Office: 01935 433416 – covers area from Street in Somerset to Blandford in Dorset.

Furnicare provides furniture, electrical and other household items for people on low incomes. We collect unwanted and re-usable household items for checking and resale at affordable prices to people on benefits or whose income is £15,000 or less per year.

Second Chance Furniture

Unit G, 83 Lynch Lane
Tel: 01305 766621
Email: scfurniture@tiscali.co.uk

Your Choice

Unit 9
Richmar Trading Centre
Butts Pond
Sturminster Newton
DT10 1AZ
Tel: 01258 471665

Your Choice will take good quality items to help people in need furnish their home. Items include:

• White goods – fridges / freezers, washing machines, cookers, microwaves

• Beds, bedding, curtains, wardrobes

• Dining suites, three piece suites, curtain tracks, carpets

• Cutlery, pots and pans, bric-a-brac, food mixers, toasters

• Music centres, DVD players and DVDs, videos, televisions

• Computers / printers

• Garden equipment / DIY equipment

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 following 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 & Resources Action Programme)

Waste Online: www.wasteonline.org.uk


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