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Christmas opening hours 2017

During the 2017 festive period, our recycling centres will be operating with adjusted opening hours. To allow for you and your business to easily prepare for Christmas, we have pulled together a breakdown of the hours of service on specific dates for each of our sites.

Please find our festive opening hours here.

We hope this advanced notice will allow for less inconvenience and if you would like further clarification or information, please contact us on 01202 331560.

Temporary closures at local household recycling centres

According to the Bournemouth Echo article, from the end of November to March 2018, many Household Recycling Centres in Dorset will be closing for a period of time to allow for ‘deep cleaning’ to be completed.

Whilst the cleaning is taking place, the individual recycling centre will be inaccessible for a few days.

Read on to see how Commercial Recycling and Avon Materials Supplies can help you during the closures

Luckily the sites are not all to be closed at the same time, so it is hoped the inconvenience caused to local residents and businesses will be kept to a minimum.

Dates of Household Recycling Centre closures:

  • Swanage: 29th – 30th November 2017
  • Wareham: 6th – 7th December 2017
  • Shaftesbury: 24th – 25th January 2018
  • Blandford: 7th – 8th February 2018
  • Sherborne: 28th February – 1st March 2018
  • Wimborne: 7th – 8th March 2018
  • Christchurch: 21st – 22nd March 2018

Please also note the HRCs are not open on Christmas day, boxing day or new year’s day.

Our recycling centre in Wimborne, Dorset

To help overcome any issues caused by the closures, businesses can use the tipping facilities at our Wimborne Recycling Centre, which is close to both Bournemouth and Poole.

Canford Recycling Centre is fully licensed to accept a variety of waste streams including inert, hazardous and waste electrical items. The site is suitable to most vehicle types because it has hard surfaces throughout.  

Opening Hours: Open Monday – Friday 07:00 – 17:30 and Saturday 07:00 – 12:00

Address: Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Off Magna Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3BW

Further information and tipping Fees

To view and download our waste disposal rates, please visit our ‘Prices’ webpage.

If you require any further information of tipping in Dorset, please call our friendly team on 01202 331560.

We now offer a dedicated hazardous waste collection service!

As a result of recent investments and specialist training, we are now licensed to safely collect and transport various types of hazardous waste.

What areas does our hazardous waste collection service cover?

Our collection service for hazardous waste is available to businesses and commercial premises with a BH postcode or located within the immediate surrounding areas such as Blandford. Areas we visit regularly include:

  • Bournemouth
  • Poole
  • Ferndown
  • Wimborne
  • Ringwood
  • Christchurch
  • Blandford

Common types of hazardous waste we collect

You may come across the following items in your business that are classed as hazardous waste when requiring disposal:

There are many more which you can read about here.

Depending on the volume of each waste type, we can provide one of our range of specialist containers to allow the waste to be securely stored and then collected once filled. 

Containers we supply include; 50L drums, 205L drums, 1000L IBCs and fluorescent light coffins. For further information, please contact our Hazardous waste team on 01202 331560 or

How can our hazardous waste collection service help your business?

The licensed service we provide means you will avoid the inconvenience and possible dangers of transporting the waste yourself. Also, you have the benefit of knowing the waste is being safely disposed of at our fully licensed and secure recycling centre near Wimborne in Dorset.

Did you know? We can offer you a free hazardous waste site survey at your business! Get in contact today on 01202 331560

Is our waste collection service compliant? 

Yes! Our hazardous waste collection service is fully compliant with the Environmental Agency standards and our processes ensure the appropriate paperwork, including a hazardous waste consignment note, are completed and issued correctly. 

Need hazardous waste collected from your business?

If you require hazardous business waste to be collected, do not hesitate to get in contact with our friendly team to discover how reliable and competitively priced we are. Email us on or call us on 01202 331560.

How to dispose of gas bottles and cylinders

Gas bottles are used by individuals and businesses for a range of purposes, with the most common uses including; BBQs, heating, camping, cooking and powering forklifts.

Once the gas bottle or cylinder is finished with and no longer of use, what do you need to do to ensure it’s disposed of correctly?

Although some are not hazardous, gas bottles are often termed as a ‘difficult waste’ to dispose of due to the substance contained in the bottles. So when it comes to disposing of any redundant bottles or cylinders we would encourage you to first see if the empty bottle can be used by anyone else. There is often a desire for bottles amongst campers and outdoor enthusiasts because an empty bottle can be used to purchase a full bottle at a heavily discounted rate.

What to do if disposal is the only option?

We can accept empty gas bottles and cylinders at our recycling centres in Dorset and Somerset. The disposal process is easy; simply drive on the weighbridge during our opening hours and make the operator aware of the number of bottles you have to dispose of. You will then be given clear direction on where to go to leave the waste.

Please note you will need a hard hat, high viz jacket and safety footwear to enter the site. We can loan out a hard hat and high viz jacket if you do not have them.

Our local Recycling Centres

Canford Recycling Centre

  • Address: Arena Way, Bournemouth, Wimborne, BH21 3BW
  • Phone: 01202 331560
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 5:30pm | Sat 7am – Midday  

Southwood Recycling Centre

  • Address: Evercreech, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6LX
  • Phone: 01749 830889
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 5:30pm

Did you know? We can collect your gas bottles!

If you can’t get to one of our recycling centres then we do offer a local pick up service. Get in touch with one of the team to organise collection via our contact page or by calling us on 01202 331560.

Need further help?

For advice or assistance in gas bottle disposal and other difficult or hazardous waste please contact our on-site Hazardous expert on 01202 331560 or by emailing

New ‘more efficient’ weighbridge up and running at Canford Recyling Centre!


New weighbridge at Canford Recycling Centre in Wimborne

Weighing in and out is now easier and quicker at Canford Recycling Centre!

The Directors and staff at Commercial Recycling are delighted to announce the newly upgraded, extra-wide weighbridge is now fully operational at Canford Recycling Centre.

The brand-new weighbridge and its operating system have been manufactured and installed by Weightron Bilanciai, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial weighing equipment and software.

This improvement is just one of many on-site initiatives being implemented to ensure tipping customers receive a better experience and reduced downtime due to a quicker turnaround of vehicles.  

We would like to thank all our valued customers for bearing with us whilst the essential construction work to accommodate the new weighbridge was completed.

For more information on all the improvements occurring at Canford Recycling Centre or to learn more about Westco Bilanciai and the weighing systems they install throughout Southwest England, please call our friendly team on 01202 331560.

Where should I dispose of asbestos in Dorset?

Asbestos disposal in Dorset

The hazardous and harmful properties of asbestos mean that it must be handled, transported and disposed of safely at a fully licensed disposal facility in accordance with all appropriate legislation.  For further information on the regulations regarding asbestos disposal, please visit the HSE website.

Did you know? Our minimum tipping weight charge is just 250kg. For rates please visit our tipping prices page

Where can I dispose of Asbestos?

Our fully licensed facility at Canford Recycling Centre in Wimborne, Dorset allows organisations, tradespeople and contractors to dispose of their asbestos waste in an efficient and safe manner. The location of the site at BH21 3BW also makes it ideal for businesses working Poole and Bournemouth.   

  • Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Wimborne Dorset BH21 3BW
  • Tel: 01202 331560
  • Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday and 07:00 – 12:00 on Saturdays

For more information on Canford Recycling Centre, view our dedicated blog post here.

If I am bringing the waste in, what do I need to know?

Asbestos waste is hazardous and therefore any individual bringing it to Canford Recycling Centre must ensure the following actions are completed.

  • All wastes must be double wrapped or bagged using a strong, 1000+ gauge plastic that can be sealed and has no holes.
  • The waste must be pre-booked in at least one day before being brought to Canford Recycling Centre.
  • A hazardous waste consignment note must be partially completed to enable it to be finished and signed when the load is tipped. *A member of our team can start this process once the load is pre-booked over the phone.

What happens if I can’t or don’t want to transport the asbestos waste?

Commercial Recycling also offers an asbestos waste collection service in Poole, Bournemouth, all BH postcodes and surrounding areas. Depending on the requirements of the client we can provide an open or enclosed skip, rollonoff container or man and van service. For collection prices please call 01202 331560.

Further information on asbestos waste disposal at Canford Recycling Centre

If you require any further information about our asbestos waste disposal service, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with our experienced and friendly team on 01202 331560, or email us on

Closure of Apsley Landfill Site, Hurstbourne Priors, Andover, Hants.

Apsley Farm Landfill Site

From 4pm on Friday 27th, October 2017, Apsley Landfill site will permanently close for the tipping of inert spoils.

As we have now commenced the final phase of the restoration works at the site, during October we will only be accepting soil material.

The Directors and staff of Commercial Recycling would like to take this opportunity to thank all the customers who have helped and supported this project over the past 3 years.

If you require further information on Apsley Landfill Site, please do not hesitate to contact our head office on 01202 331560.

How to dispose of fluorescent tube lights

Fluorescent tube disposal

Fluorescent tube light disposal in Dorset and Somerset

Fluorescent lighting tubes can be harmful to the environment due to certain components within the lights, such as mercury. Therefore once fluorescent tubes have been broken, damaged or are no longer required, they must be disposed of, and treated correctly and not just placed in a mixed waste stream or container.

Where can I dispose my fluorescent tube lights?

Our fully licensed facilities in Dorset and Somerset allow individuals and businesses to dispose of their redundant fluorescent tube lights in a safe and fully compliant manner.

Recycling centre in Dorset:

Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3BW
Tel: 01202 331560
Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday and 07:00 – 12:00 on Saturdays

Recycling centre in Somerset:

Southwood Recycling Centre, Evercreech, Nr. Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6LX.
Tel: 01749 830688
Opening hours: 07:30 – 17:00 Monday – Friday

Can someone collect my broken or damaged fluorescent lights?  

In short, yes. Please call 01202 331560 for hazardous waste collection prices.

As fluorescent lighting is typically used within schools, offices and commercial premises it can sometimes cause problems when redundant or damaged lights require transporting to one of our sites. To help elevate this issue we can provide a specialist fluorescent tube coffin, which can be filled or partly filled on site and then collected and removed at a convenient time by one of our licensed Hazardous waste collection operatives.

What are the costs associated with disposing of tube lights?

At Commercial Recycling, we can either charge for the disposal per tube light, or depending on how many you are disposing of, we charge per light coffin. For more details on our hazardous waste collection and disposal rates, please get in contact with our team on 01202 331560.

Free hazardous waste advice

If you require any further information about our fluorescent tube light disposal service, or would like a site survey, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with our experienced and friendly team on 01202 331560, or email us on

Advice on waste segregation for businesses

It’s commonly accepted that waste segregation to increase recycling is better for the environment, but did you know it can save you a lot of money too?

As a business owner, you have certain responsibilities that you need to adhere to, this means you must have a suitable waste disposal solution in place, which where possible ensures as much of your businesses waste is recycled.

Businesses using commercial waste collection services must ensure their chosen suppliers have valid waste carriers licences and only use licensed disposal facilities

Key points to consider when disposing of commercial waste

Transporting waste yourself to a licensed disposal facility

If you haven’t arranged for your waste to be collected you will need to dispose of it yourself in a manner that is compliant with appropriate legislation. To learn more about the laws that govern waste disposal, please visit:

It’s good to know… recycling centres and commercial waste disposal sites offer lower rates to tip single waste streams such as wood waste, garden waste and inert spoil.

Therefore if your business does not pre-treat its waste effectively or have a waste segregation process in place it will need to pay a higher ‘mixed waste’ disposal rate and does risk its waste being rejected for containing items that cannot be placed in general/mixed waste. For example, plasterboard waste cannot be placed in a mixed waste container because by law it must be disposed of on its own.

Best practices on pretreatment of waste  

Businesses must pretreat their waste, this means it must go through the following stages before being disposed of:  

  • A reduction in volume or,
  • A reduction in its hazardous nature or,
  • Facilitated its handling or,
  • Enhanced its recovery.

My waste is collected, how can I pretreat my waste?

Changing legislation, coupled with a shared desire of businesses and waste collection organisations to reduce disposal costs have resulted in better, easier pretreatment solutions.

Nowadays it’s common for a business to have separate waste containers and dedicated collections for general waste, food waste and dry mixed recyclables.

In addition to adopting a multi waste container solution, businesses can further reduce their waste disposal costs by implementing some or all of the following actions.

  • Training staff on the importance of recycling, what waste items can be recycled and where recycling containers are located.
  • Placing awareness signage and information around the business to inform staff, visitors and customers what the businesses recycling strategy is.
  • Setting up new disposal points for other less known recyclables such as printer cartridges, coffee cups, electrical items etc.
  • Implementing a dedicated food waste collection service.

For further guidance please visit:

Knowing your waste types

To help you to increase recycling levels in your business it’s important to know what types of waste can be recycled. Listed below are common waste types that can be recycled. Although these materials are recyclable we recommend you check with your waste collection supplier prior to placing any of these items in your ‘recyclables’ bin.  

Recyclable Materials:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Metal tins and cans
  • Aluminum trays
  • Food and drink cartons

Does your business produce hazardous waste?

Hazardous wastes must be treated correctly because of the risks they pose. To help you to determine if your business generates any hazardous wastes, below we have outlined some of the most common forms of hazardous waste.

Hazardous Materials:

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals, eg brake fluid or print toner
  • Batteries
  • Solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Non edible oils
  • Equipment containing ozone depleting substances, eg fridges
  • Hazardous waste containers
  • Paint
  • Hazardous WEEE

For further help please download our Hazardous waste brochure.

Contact Commercial Recycling for your business waste disposal requirements

Need more advice on waste segregation or would like to arrange your waste to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way? Call our team on 01202 331560 or contact us here to receive more information.

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