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Dorset recycling for businesses explained

Dorset recycling for businesses explained

Confused by all the different types of waste containers offered? Baffled with what can be recycled in Dorset? When you know how, recycling is easy and shouldn’t be a burden to your business.

From commercial Dorset recycling collections to waste disposal at our Canford Recycling Centre, here is some useful information, and a little reminder of why recycling so important.

How can I recycle better?

Businesses who generate waste must have a suitable, compliant waste disposal solution in place. Commonly a business will choose to use a commercial waste management organisation to remove its waste as part of a contracted, scheduled collection solution. Waste containers often used in this process are roll top wheelie bins such as 1100L bins or FEL (front end loader) containers, which are metal and similar to enclosed skips.

However larger producers of waste will often opt to use solutions that include;

For further information on local skip, roro (rollonoff) and grab truck hire we would recommend contacting Avon Material Supplies on 01202 810938.

In situations where waste collection services are not viable or when a business wishes to transport its own waste, a licensed disposal facility such as Canford Recycling Centre, should be an ideal destination.

We operate 2 recycling centres, one is our Dorset recycling centre in Wimborne which is open Mon – Fri 7am-5:30pm and Saturday mornings 7am-12pm. Click here for more information on materials that can be disposed at this recycling centre or call us on 01202 331560. Our 2nd site is in Southwood near Shepton Mallet, open 7:30am – 5pm Mon – Fri, similarly to Canford Recycling Centre, this site allows most waste streams to be disposed of, for more information call 01749 830889 view the dedicated page here.

4 reasons Dorset recycling is important:

  1. It saves energy for your future. The materials you recycle mean they can be manufactured into new products, without starting from scratch often wit raw products .
  2. It help protects the environment and local wildlife. We live in a beautiful part of the UK, where we are lucky enough to be surrounded by the New Forest and miles of sandy beaches along the coast. By recycling you are reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill which can potentially harm wildlife. Safely recycling materials also reduces the risk of the habitats of animals being damaged or lost. 
  3. It reduces your carbon footprint. Reducing paper waste can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Small changes to your lifestyle can help achieve this, for example printing on both sides of the paper, or picking the ‘no receipt’ option at checkout.
  4. It saves money – waste segregation increases the amount of waste that can be recovered, recycled and reused and in turn reduces the amount of expensive mixed ‘general’ waste that businesses needs to dispose off. 

For more information on Dorset recycling, please feel free to give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us on

Everything you need to know about Canford Recycling Centre

AMS grab lorry unloading Green waste at Commercial Recycling centre in Bournemouth, Dorset

Where is Canford Recycling Centre?

We are situated behind Canford Arena, off Magna road in Wimborne, Dorset. This location enables Canford Recycling Centre to easily serve businesses, sites and tradespeople in Bournemouth and Poole.

Did you know you can also collect loose & bagged recycled and primary aggregates at Canford Recycling Centre. Popular materials that are regularly collected on site include:

  • Ballast
  • Shingle
  • Crushed tarmac
  • Sand

When is the recycling centre open?

Our opening times have been put in place so we can try to accommodate everyone. We are open 07:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday and 07:00 – 12:00 on Saturdays.  

What type of waste can be disposed there?

Canford Recycling Centre is licensed to accept a large array of waste types, including various hazardous and difficult wastes. Common waste types disposed of on-site include:

If your waste type isn’t listed above and you would like to confirm it can be disposed of at Canford Recycling Centre, please contact our team on 01202 331560 or email us on

Why should I chose Commercial Recycling?

Our disposal services are fully licensed, competitively priced and ensure that a high percentage of all waste is diverted from landfill. In addition, the site benefits from dual weighbridges, hard surfaces throughout and offers users a quick turnaround.

If you are unable to transport waste to the site, our associated company, Avon Material Supplies offer a reliable collection service, you can find out more here.

What payment methods do you accept?

Customers can pay with cash, credit card or an approved credit account. To request an account application form, please contact our Head Office Accounts team on 01202 331560.

For more detail on exact prices of waste disposal at the Canford Recycling Centre, view our pricing brochure here.

SafeContractor Accreditation 2017

SafeContractor accreditation

Renewal of industry leading safety accreditation for 2017!

Commercial Recycling has recently received certification from SafeContractor, a nationally recognised health and safety accreditation.

We have received this certificate due to our excellent standards of health & safety and risk assessment across all of our sites. With this accreditation for 2017, our clients have proof from the industry that our waste management services, which include disposal, recycling and hazardous waste processing, are being carried out safely to a uniformly high standard.

“We are delighted to once again have SafeContractor accreditation this year. We place the highest regard on safety and the award helps to recognise the hard work taking place by our team at the sites we operate to ensure employees, customers and the general public are constantly safe.” Kevin Bishop, Operations Manager, Commercial Recycling

This accreditation further establishes Commercial Recycling as a leading waste management and recycling company across Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset.

To learn more about our services, take a look around our website or contact our team on 01202 331560 today.

How to dispose of TV’s and monitors

Disposal of TVs and monitors at Commercial Recycling sites

According to HSE over two million TV’s are discarded each year.

Whether you’re an individual who is upgrading your flat screen TV or a business that is disposing of old monitor screens, it is important that you know the process of appropriate disposal for your own safety and the benefit of the environment.

The disposal and recycling of televisions and monitors is covered under WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) regulations. Disposal of TV’s and monitors amongst general waste is illegal as more often than not, they contain hazardous materials that cannot be disposed of in landfill.

Legislation dictates that tv’s and monitors must be separated and disposed of in a compliant manner. Learn more about Hazardous waste legislation here.

Disposal of TV’s and monitors is high risk

The average TV is a combination of multiple materials including valuable substances such as plastic, steel, aluminium, copper, gold and silver. Hazardous toxins such as lead, mercury, flame retardants, cadmium, beryllium and bisphenol-A can also be found in the waste.

As a result of this complex mix of materials, WEEE recycling poses a number of risks that need to be adequately managed. Incorrect disposal and damage to TV’s and monitors can result in the release of these toxins which can be harmful to individuals and the environment. Therefore, it is the duty of the owner to ensure the effective and efficient disposal of their waste screens. For free advice on disposing of difficult and hazardous waste please contact our experts.

Recycle with Commercial Recycling

Disposal of your TV’s and monitors couldn’t be easier at our licensed recycling centres. At Commercial Recycling, we have specialist facilities and expert staff allowing us to safely break down and recycle the appropriate parts of the television or monitor.

When you are ready to dispose of your TV or monitors, safely transport them to your nearest licensed recycling centre:

At Commercial Recycling, our centres benefit from convenient opening hours, are easily accessible by any vehicle and are fully licensed to accept WEEE from both individuals and businesses.

For more information or any queries about disposing of your old screens, please contact our expert team on 01202 331560.

Tree Root Disposal

Tree root disposal at Commercial Recycling

A lot of recycling centres and tips often won’t accept loads of green waste if they contain significantly large bits of trees such as stumps, roots or thick branches. These parts of trees can be problematic to break down for recycling and therefore require more work than other types green waste.

Small bits of trees such as thin branches and leaves are generally classed as garden waste and will be widely accepted.

At Commercial Recycling, we have the facilities to accept all forms of tree waste, including the thick roots and branches. The on-site disposal facilities at our recycling centres in Dorset and Somerset provide users requiring tree root disposal with a fast turnaround and low minimum weight charges.

Green waste recycling

Once tipped, all disposed garden waste is stored together onsite to allow for further processing or transportation to be easily completed.

Our Garden Waste Disposal Sites

The sites that can accommodate green waste, large branches and troublesome tree roots are:

These sites are open to the public, tradespeople and businesses Monday – Friday and Canford Recycling Centre is also open on Saturday mornings. Each facility benefits from hard surfaces throughout to allow use by all vehicle types.

If you are transporting your own tree root waste, simply drive onto the weighbridge and we can calculate how much green waste you are disposing of.

Garden waste site clearance

If you have been undertaking a project that has produced any green or garden waste, we can help with the clearance of garden, shrubbery and tree waste.

We can collect loose or bagged garden waste via our trusted associated company Avon Material Supplies. The extensive fleet of tipper trucks and grab lorries they operate provide customers with the opportunity to choose the optimum vehicle size and type for their project.

To find out more about our garden waste and tree root disposal services, contact our friendly team on 01202 331560 today.

Dorset landfill sites are closing

Dorset Landfill Sites are closing

The end of Dorset Landfill Sites?

Towards the end of last year, we wrote about how the use of Dorset landfill sites is changing, as well as across the entire UK. The national changes are in line with the strategy that was first put in place during the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government, which is summarised below.

Landfill should be the option of last resort for most waste, especially biodegradable and recyclable waste.We (The Government) continue to update our evidence on what goes into landfill and how we can reduce it cost effectively. Source: Read more here.

Alternative Dorset Landfill Sites

The Government, supported by local councils, are working to raise awareness amongst businesses and their employees on how easy and cost effective it can be to recover, reuse and recycle waste items.

This is something the Directors and staff of Commercial Recycling are passionate about and as a result offer discounted rates for the disposal of single waste streams such as glass, wood and concrete. In addition to reduced tipping fees users of our recycling sites can benefit from low minimum weight charges.   

Stop using landfill and start using our recycling centres

Our low cost recycling sites are located in Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire, and benefit from convenient opening hours, easy access, quick turnaround times and hard surfaces throughout*.

Our recycling centres:

Our inert tipping facilities:

If you would like to find out more about how Commercial Recycling can help businesses and tradespeople reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill, contact our team on 01202 331560 or

*Not available at our inert tipping facilities.

What are the most common types of hazardous waste


Top ten Hazardous waste types

The correct management of waste is something that all businesses, regardless of their size, should be concerned with. UK legislation dictates how a waste producer must segregate, store, transport and dispose of their waste in a compliant manner.

Segmenting waste to adhere with the pre-treatment directive can often be achieved if a business uses a waste management company, providing them with separate collections for general waste and dry mixed recyclables. This is a good approach, however, businesses must also remember to remove hazardous wastes from their general waste stream and treat them separately.

Hazardous wastes to look out for

As licensed operators of a large hazardous waste disposal facility, our expert staff have a great understanding of common waste types that are often mistakenly placed in mixed waste streams.

Top 10 types of hazardous waste we receive from small businesses are:

Did you know? Offices in England and Wales that produce more than 200kg of hazardous waste in any 12-month period will need to register with the Environment Agency.

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Help with hazardous waste disposal

Commercial Recycling are committed to helping local businesses manage their waste correctly. If you would like further information, please download our hazardous waste brochure or contact our friendly team on 01202 331560.

Further resources are available at

Hazardous waste advice

Advice on hazardous waste

Does your waste practice comply with duty to care legislation?

As of 1990, the Environmental Protection Act imposed that ‘anyone who produces, imports, keeps, stores, transports, treats or disposes of waste must take all reasonable steps to ensure that waste is managed properly.’ This duty of care applies to all individuals, businesses and brokers who produce or handle any waste.

Waste, as defined by, is ‘any substance or object which the holder discards or intends to or is required to discard’ and therefore no longer has use to the holder.

The most common forms of commercial waste include:

Hazardous waste advice

Requests for helpful and accurate advice on hazardous waste management are rising. This is due to increased legislation and a better understanding that common wastes such as all batteries, fluorescent tubes, fridges, TV’s, paints & solvents, resins and aerosol cans are hazardous.

In response to requests for information, we have put together the following information.

Advice on storing and managing hazardous waste

Storing hazardous waste

Your duty of care requires you to correctly separate your waste to ensure certain types of waste are removed from mixed / general waste streams and treated separately. For more information please see information on pre-treatment of waste.

Attention to detail is notably important for hazardous waste to ensure correct practice when storing your waste.

Key points of practice to follow:

  • Use specialised containers e.g. intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and 205L drums
  • Ensure the storage area is secure and locked to prevent impermissible access
  • Prevent the waste from causing environmental pollution or harming anyone
  • Labelling to ensure correct waste is disposed in each container

Hazardous waste collections

Collection and transportation of your hazardous waste should only be carried out by a licensed operator who has the required training, qualifications and equipment to correctly manage hazardous waste.

Remember it is your responsibility to ensure your provider is suitable and compliant with appropriate legislation.  

If you require collection, Commercial Recycling have relationships with a number of reputable waste collection companies, including Avon Material Supplies Ltd who offer scheduled and ‘one-off’ collections of hazardous waste throughout Dorset and Hampshire.

Hazardous waste disposal site

As with the transportation of hazardous waste, it remains the responsibility of the waste producer to ensure the disposal facility that accepts their waste is permitted to do so.

Our recycling facility in Canford is licensed to accept a large array of hazardous and difficult wastes. To check whether your type of hazardous waste can be accepted, please call 01202 331560.

Audit trail

The final consideration is regarding the completion of the correct paperwork (waste transfer notes and consignment notes) because these provide a clear trail from when the waste is produced until it is disposed of.

When moving any hazardous waste from a premises, a completed consignment note must accompany the load. Both of these documents should be stored for a minimum of two years and must be presented to the Environment Agency and/or local authority if they demand them.

Commercial Recycling can help you

If you are in doubt about any of the information above, please contact a member of staff at Commercial Recycling and we will be happy to help.

Recycling and disposing with us, including contents of hazardous waste, is a safe process and easy to arrange. Our recycling centres have easy access and are open for long hours.

To organise disposal of your hazardous waste or for more information, call our team on 01202 331560.

For our brochure on Hazardous waste, please click here.

Canford Site improvements

Wimborne Recycling Centre

Our Wimborne recycling site has recently undergone significant works to improve the access to and functionality of the available facilities.

One of the most notable enhancements of the site has been the creation of a new tarmac road leading to the inert recycling facility. This means that any vehicle, from a lorry to a car with a trailer, are able to easily access this part of the site without having to worry about incurring any damage or punctures.

Further improvements to Canford Recycling Centre include the installation of an automated weighbridge at the inert facility and new offices with a meeting room for our associated company, Avon Material Supplies.

An overview of the updated site can be viewed on one of our site map posters that are positioned around the site and display the road links between the various facilities that are found at Canford Recycling Centre.

You can download and view the site map by clicking here.

If you have any queries or would like some assistance, please contact our team on 01202 331560.

Use of local landfill sites is changing due to further restrictions and closures


AMS grab lorry unloading Green waste at Commercial Recycling centre in Bournemouth, Dorset

“Landfill should be the option of last resort for most waste, especially biodegradable and recyclable waste.”


The viewpoint of the Government has resulted in further restrictions on which waste types are permitted for disposal in landfills sites. There has also been an increase in the number of landfills being closed. Most notably, last year saw the closure of Packington which was the largest landfill in the UK.

In addition to policy changes and forced closures, other landfills are struggling to cope with demand because they are nearing full capacity and are unable to gain planning consent to extend their sites.  

Businesses need to find an alternative to landfill

As the use and availability of landfill changes, businesses must now consider other local disposal options, accounting for further source segregation and incurring increased operational costs for transporting their waste further to available landfills.

To help businesses reduce their reliance on using landfill for waste disposal, recycling sites such as Canford Recycling Centre and Southwood Recycling Centre are investing heavily to ensure they offer an efficient and cost effective disposal service.  

Recent changes Commercial Recycling have implemented include a new weighbridge and access road at Southwood Recycling Centre and the successful application for the acceptance of a large array of hazardous wastes at Canford Recycling Centre.

Benefits of recycling centres operated by Commercial Recycling

Commercial Recycling operate local tips in Dorset and Somerset. Each of their recycling centres benefits from:

  • Competitive prices
  • Easy access
  • Automated weighbridges
  • Hard surfaces throughout
  • Long opening hours including *Saturday mornings (*only at Canford Recycling Centre)
  • Low minimum weight charge of just 0.25 tonnes on most waste types
  • Acceptance of all major waste types, such as construction & demolition, commercial & industrial, plasterboard, green etc.
  • Acceptance of difficult and hazardous wastes* including fridges / freezers, tyres, asbestos, TVs and waste oil. (*only at Canford Recycling Centre)
  • Payment using cash, credit/debit card and approved nett monthly credit account. To apply for an account please call 01202 331560

Visual representation of the Government’s viewpoint

Government intentions for waste can be visually represented in a waste hierarchy, which shows landfill being at the bottom. Source:

Waster Pyramid

To learn more about how Commercial Recycling helps businesses to reduce their use of landfills, please contact our team on: 01202 331560 or email: