Recycling in Dorset

Recycling in Dorset

The following information was accurate at the time of publishing for Dorset. We will endevour to keep this updated as soon as any changes come into effect.

Some essential information about recycling at home.

Includes details for what you can, and cannot recycle and, other info to help make recycling more efficient at home in Dorset.

When you see what items cannot be recycled easily it will highlight why switching to more eco-friendly products is beneficial to the environment and our future.

Placing items in your bin that cannot be recycled can interrupt the recycling stream. This can cause increased processing costs and energy use. Worse still, contaminating recycling can cause entire loads to be directed to landfill or end up being burnt for energy.

Items accepted in your recycling bin

The following information explains the materials above in more detail.


Glass Bottles & Jars (In the Glass Box)

Not all glass can be recycled at home in your recycle bin. Drink glasses, Pyrex dishes and other glass products have different chemical properties. Only Glass bottles and Jars can be recycled at home.

Metal lids from glass bottles and jars can be recycled and must be left on.

Clean glass bottles and jars can be put in your glass box including the metal lids (left on).

Plastic Bottles & Containers

There are many types of plastic and a lot of it cannot be recycled.

Clean plastic bottles & containers can be put in your recycling bin.

CAN BE RECYCLED: Bottle caps (left on bottles), plastic bottles, tubs, and containers.

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We should all be making a conscious decision to reduce the amount of single use plastics that we use. Better still to stop using it altogether.

Paper & Cardboard

Most paper, card and cardboard items can be recycled at home. You cannot recycle paper towels or tissues.

Shredded paper can be recycled in small quantities.

Magazines and catalogs can all be recycled, as long as the plastic film they may be delivered in are removed first.

Clean, dry paper & card can be put in your recycling bin.

Only paper based wrapping paper can be recycled - think scrunch test.

Metal Cans & Aerosols

All food, drink and pet food cans can be put in your recycling bin. This includes biscuit & sweet tins.

Aerosols such as deodorant and hair sprays cans be recycled. DO NOT pierce them as there is a risk of injury.

Clean metal cans and aerosols can be put in your recycling bin.

Only metal tins, cans & aerosols can be recycled at home. Do not place other metal items into your recycle bin.

Always check with your local council if your are in doubt about what can or cannot be recycled at home.