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Used PPE Disposal Update

In recent months, Dorset’s lockdown restrictions have eased meaning that many businesses have now welcomed their employees back into the work space. As a result, it’s not surprising that the usage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), face coverings and cleaning materials in the workplace has increased significantly.

But did you know that once PPE has been used, it is considered hazardous?

Ensuring employee, visitor and customer safety whilst following government guidance is a key responsibility for business owners and managers. When it comes to PPE, this means that it is vital to provide compliant supply AND disposal.

As this process may be new to many businesses, we have written this article to explain the correct process of PPE disposal and how Commercial Recycling can help with your hazardous waste disposal.

What are a business’ responsibilities when it comes to PPE?

The governmental agency Health and Safety Executive states that PPE must be provided to any worker who may be at risk in the workplace.

In the current pandemic, this means that anyone who is unable to maintain social distancing while working should be equipped with the appropriate PPE.

The responsibilities of the employer do not end there; correct PPE disposal is also their responsibility and the hazardous waste disposal must be done at a licenced facility, such as Commercial Recycling.

Can’t transport your waste yourself? We can provide man and van waste collections.

Tips for compliant PPE use

Of course, simply providing and disposing of PPE as you would any other waste is not enough. You must make sure that you are complying with government regulations in doing so. Following these tips will help to ensure that you are up to standard in your use of PPE.

Provide separate bins in the workplace

As stated before, PPE can not be thrown away with your normal commercial waste. Face coverings and other types of PPE can not be recycled in conventional ways, therefore they can not be put in any recycling or general waste bins.

If you are looking for a secure, compliant bin for your PPE, our hazardous waste boxes are the ideal solution. Just give us a call on 01202 331560 to order your hazardous waste box.

Ensure that PPE is worn only once

‘When should PPE be disposed of’ is a common question. The answer is simple; if the PPE you are supplying is the type that can only be worn once, then it should be disposed of after its first usage. After this first wear it becomes hazardous waste and you should follow the hazardous waste disposal regulations. As an employer, you must make sure that your staff know this information and reinforce this rule.

Empty bins regularly

Although this might seem obvious, the bins need to be regularly emptied so that staff always have a place to correctly dispose of their used PPE. If bins are close to or full, users may be more inclined to retain the PPE so that it can be disposed of at a later date, or even reused.

Empty, easy to use bins are likely to encourage your staff members to comply with PPE disposal rules.

Work with a waste disposal partner, such as Commercial Recycling

Your hazardous waste disposal must take place at a facility that is licenced to receive and process hazardous waste. Canford Recycling Centre and Southwood Recycling Centre are able to handle a wide variety of waste, including your PPE disposal, at a competitive rate.

If you would like to know more, our team would be happy to answer your questions, just call us at 01202 331560.

You can learn more in our recent article on the implications of Covid-19 on waste disposal.

How we can help

Commercial Recycling can help your business in many ways, but especially with your hazardous waste disposal.

We can supply your business with one of our hazardous waste boxes. These are the ideal place to dispose of used PPE, and will allow for redundant PPE to be separated from your general waste. They can also be used for a variety of other hazardous waste types. See the full list of hazardous wastes we accept.

We have two disposal sites that are fully licenced to accept PPE disposals and hazardous waste; Canford Recycling Centre and Southwood Recycling Centre in Somerset

If you are unable to drop off your hazardous waste, you can request a collection. We can either do this as a one off, or we can set up a scheduled collection.

For whichever option you choose, it can only be done if you pre-book a disposal slot, so simply contact us online or phone ahead on 01202 331560 to make an appointment.


The hazardous waste you might not know is in your workplace or home

Thanks to the surge in blockbuster films and television series documenting chemical disasters, when we think of hazardous waste we tend to imagine biohazard suits, skulls and crossbones and overturned drums of glowing, luminous liquid.

But the reality is that hazardous waste comes in many shapes and forms, and there are often times when hazardous waste is in our business, offices and homes. When it comes to hazardous waste disposal, it needs to be handled with care and disposed of in line with legislation so that it doesn’t cause any harm or damage.

In this article, we list 5 types of commonly found hazardous waste to look out for, and inform you of how Commercial Recycling can help with compliant disposal.

1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

As of the 28th June 2020, the Department of Health and Social Care distributed over 145 million PPE items for use by health and social care services in England. This number does not include individual households and business sectors.

If you run a business or organisation you should:

  • Provide extra bins for your staff and customers to throw away their waste face coverings, PPE used for social distancing, and any other additional waste, such as takeaway packaging and disposable tableware
  • Make sure that staff and customers do not put face coverings and PPE in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities
  • Make sure bins are emptied often so they do not overflow and create litter

Additionally, you must describe and code your waste correctly. For peace of mind, we recommend the use of a Hazardous Waste Disposal Box for companies who need to dispose of small amounts of this waste type regularly. The Haz Waste Boxes can either be collected from our local recycling centre in Wimborne, or we can deliver the box to you for free in the BH postcode area.

2. Printer/Toner Cartridges

Although many offices are now becoming paperless, it’s still commonplace for the majority of businesses and home offices to use at least one printer. But what do you do with the cartridges once they’re empty? Did you know that most used printer and toner cartridges are classed as hazardous waste?

It is your responsibility to arrange for your redundant printer and toner cartridges to be recycled or disposed of in line with current legislation. This means most cartridges cannot be placed in your general waste containers.

Commercial Recycling is a fully licenced waste facility that is authorised to accept almost all commonly produced hazardous wastes, including printer and toner cartridges. Simply get in touch to book a disposal or to arrange a haz box service.

3. Batteries

Some councils collect common household batteries as part of their household waste collection service, but did you know that some battery types are hazardous and therefore require specialist disposal? The types of batteries that are considered hazardous include:

  • Lead acid batteries
  • Non-alkaline batteries
  • Plug-in battery packs (such as chargers for laptops, mobiles power tools etc.)
  • Vehicle batteries

To check what batteries you can recycle in your area, you can use the handy Recycle Now tool. For all other batteries, our recycling centres can help you. Read more about battery disposal.

4. Fluorescent tubes

Fluorescent tubes were once a popular lighting source thanks to their efficiency and easy installation, and are therefore still found in many business premises today. However, fluorescent lighting contains mercury, a highly toxic metal that if incorrectly disposed of, can evaporate into the atmosphere which allows it to contaminate water supplies and wildlife.

The important thing to avoid is disposing the tubes in your general business waste. If the mercury inside the tubes goes to landfill for example, it will get incinerated and this is where mercury poisoning can occur.

To safely dispose of the fluorescent tubes or lamps, you will need to locate a specialised recycling service such as Commercial Recycling. Our Canford Recycling Centre, near Wimborne in Dorset, is a fully compliant Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility.

Alternatively, our Southwood Recycling Centre is also licenced to accept hazardous waste types as fluorescent tubes, batteries, gas bottles and fridges / freezers.

Can’t get to us? No problem, we can arrange a hazardous waste collection service. To enquire about hazardous waste collection, please contact the team on 01202 331560.

5. Paint

Have you been using the lockdown to do some much needed painting and decorating at your business premises? What will you do with the empty or half-empty paint tins once you’re finished? Did you know that oil-based paints such as emulsion and anti-corrosion paint such as Hammerite are hazardous because they contain heavy metals and are flammable? Water-based paints such as varnishes, stains and sealers are also hazardous.

Because of this, you must ensure that paint is disposed of in a compliant manner by segregating it from general waste and disposing it at a licensed facility such as Canford Recycling Centre. We charge a price-per-can for paint can disposal. If you need to dispose of larger quantities of paint we can provide disposal rates for filled 205L drums and 1000L IBC containers.

Read our guidance on paint disposal for more information.

Hazardous waste removal in Dorset and Somerset

Commercial Recycling is a leading operator of disposal and recycling facilities in Dorset. Our trusted waste recycling centres have been in operation for more than 25 years and we are extremely proud to provide waste disposal facilities that are trusted and used by hundreds of businesses from both the private and public sector. Businesses choose Commercial Recycling because we are competitively priced and ensure that a high percentage of all waste is recovered and recycled.

We can help with all the legalities and compliance that comes with handling hazardous waste, so whether you need to register your premises with the Environment Agency or need help to complete relevant paperwork to ensure your waste is handled in the correct way, our team of experts are here to help.

If you would like to learn more about hazardous waste disposal in Dorset or Somerset, book a hazardous waste disposal slot or arrange a hazardous waste collection, please call the Commercial Recycling team on 01202 331560 or email

If you are wondering what the lockdown easing means for your commercial waste disposal, read our article here >>.

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What does lockdown easing mean for your commercial waste disposal?

The past few months have seen unprecedented changes for every industry. With this, many business operators are having to quickly adapt to a ‘new normal’ in order to continue to trade.

Initially, for the majority of businesses the most significant challenges centred upon how to retain customers and maintain sales revenues whilst also adhering to the government guidance, which included social distancing and home working where possible.

However, with lockdown now being eased, and many offices welcoming employees back (with the appropriate measures in place), have you thought about how your commercial waste disposal methods will need to adapt too?

We understand this is likely to be one of the last things on the long list of new concerns for business operators. However, waste management does need to be carefully considered because it is your responsibility to ensure your business’ waste continues to be disposed of safely and in line with the appropriate legislation.

To help, below we have covered some of the biggest adaptations that your business will likely have to make post-lockdown.

PPE and hazardous waste

Ensuring the welfare of employees is paramount, and for many businesses this may mean supplying a range of PPE (personal protective equipment) such as gloves and masks. But did you know that once used, these items will be classed as hazardous waste?

As such, they will need to be disposed of in the correct manner. PPE is commonly only used once before being discarded, meaning that you could now find yourself with a larger amount of hazardous waste.

Disposal options

To help you manage this, we offer a convenient, affordable Hazardous Waste Box service. For just £70.00+VAT, we can deliver you an empty, fully secure and compliant hazardous waste box. Simply have your team members place their used PPE in the box at the end of the day, and when full, call us to collect it. We will then dispose of your hazardous waste at our fully licenced disposal facility and provide you with a waste consignment note.

Although our hazardous waste boxes are small enough to comfortably fit in your workplace without taking up to much room (measuring 53cm x 30cm x 36cm), they have a capacity of 60L which should allow you to collect a good amount of PPE before needing to arrange a collection.

If you’d prefer, you can drop your hazardous waste to our disposal facility at Canford Recycling Centre. Please note, we ask that you pre-book your hazardous waste disposal slot to ensure that we can deal with your waste efficiently and correctly. To arrange this, or to discuss your specific needs please call our team on 01202 331560.

Emergency or ‘one off’ waste collections

Depending on the internal changes that are required within your business, you may find yourself with a large volume of excess waste that you need to be gone – in a safe and efficient manner. Some of these circumstances may include:

Reopening your doors for the first time in months and the setup process has left you with excess waste

  • Deciding to upgrade old furniture
  • Returning to your premises to find a fly tip
  • Removing desks to adhere to social distancing protocol
  • Using the lockdown to renovate your business premises and have mountains of construction waste, plasterboard or wood waste.

However you’ve accumulated it, you’ll need a way to remove and dispose of this waste, especially before you reopen your doors again.

Disposal options

Man and van service – can clear up to 1 tonne of waste in a single trip. Leave it to our licenced operatives to load the van with your waste for you and then transport it to our local recycling facility for disposal. We can also remove difficult, bulky wastes such as fridges/freezers, mattresses and tyres.

Drop off at our recycling centres – our recycling facilities in Dorset and Somerset are both open for business and fully operational. We have automated weighbridges for quick turnaround times, helpful staff and hard surfaces throughout, so please feel free to bring your waste to us for recycling.

Collection via our partners at Avon Material Supplies – If you have more than 1 tonne of waste for disposal, we can arrange a grab lorry collection via our partners at Avon Material Supplies. Simply call us on 01202 331560 to talk through the options.

A brand new commercial waste management strategy

If COVID-19 has provided you the time required to review some of the strategies and processes your business has in place, we would advise you review your existing waste management solution.

We make this recommendation because an efficient, up to date waste disposal process can often provide some or all of the following benefits:

Cost saving
By shopping around for a new commercial waste disposal site you could save yourself a few (or a lot) of pounds each month. At our tipping sites in Dorset and Somerset, we try to ensure that our rates are competitive as possible. View our price list.

Alternatively, if you prefer to have your waste collected, make sure you are using the most efficient disposal method to suit your needs. Why pay for a weekly or monthly collection just because it’s what you’ve always done, when a hazardous waste box that’s only picked up when it’s full could be more than suitable for your requirements?

Higher recycling levels
By working with a local recycling centre you can help the environment too. We recycle approximately 80% of the waste we receive.

Improved waste storage
How are you currently storing your waste? You may not be using the best solution for your workplace. We offer waste boxes, IBCs, compactor containers and more.

Being fully compliant
Possibly the biggest waste management mistake that a business can make is to be caught disposing of waste illegally. It may not seem like a big deal to hide hazardous items in with your standard waste, to fly tip, or to hire someone that hasn’t provided proof that they are licenced to dispose of the waste correctly, but each of these can come with a hefty fine.

Utilising the services of a fully licenced waste disposal company, such as us at Commercial Recycling, ensures that you are fulfilling your responsibility to have your waste disposed of correctly.

If you’d like more information on this, we’d be happy to advise you. Please call 01202 331560 or email

Talk to Commercial Recycling

With commercial waste disposal sites in Dorset and Somerset, we offer some of the most comprehensive waste management solutions locally. We are fully licenced to collect and dispose of almost all commercially produced waste types, including hazardous wastes. We’ve also remained fully operational throughout the current pandemic, meaning we’re always here to help if you need us.

To discuss your business’ unique waste disposal requirements, please feel free to call our experts on 01202 331560 or email They can offer helpful advice, provide a quote and arrange any required disposals for you.

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Hazardous Waste Pickup Service

As an operator of a local business that produces waste, it is your responsibility to correctly and safely dispose of all types of waste including hazardous items. Therefore, regardless of whether you are producing hazardous waste as part of your regular business operation, or you just require a one-off hazardous waste pickup service, it is essential you use a correctly licensed provider/service.

At Commercial Recycling we can provide a complete service that includes the collection, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste.

To learn more about our hazardous waste pickup services, select the option below that suits you best:

If you need help and haven’t the time to read this article, please call our Hazardous Waste specialists on 01202 331560.

Hazardous wastes we collect

Below is a list of the common types of hazardous waste that we are licenced to collect and transport to a licensed disposal facility . You may be surprised to see some items that you may currently be including with your normal waste.

This is a common mistake, and we’d be happy to talk through any of these items with you. To speak to a hazardous waste expert please call 01202 331560 or email

Benefits of our hazardous waste pickup service

Expert advice and site surveys

At our Canford Recycling Centre we house a team of hazardous waste specialists who will always be happy to offer you advice and guidance over the phone or via email. Alternatively, we can visit your business to conduct a site survey or hazardous waste audit if this is appropriate.. To discuss your individual needs, please call the team on 01202 331560 or email for expert advice that you can trust.

Flexible and competitive pricing

We understand that hazardous waste items are often more expensive to dispose of and that each business’ waste production levels will be different, which is why we make our prices affordable, and offer rates per item/unit and per tonne. View our full price list.

Fully licenced

Whatever company you use to dispose of your hazardous waste, it is still your responsibility to ensure they are correctly licenced for the task and dispose of your waste at an authorised facility.

At Commercial Recycling, we are fully licenced for hazardous waste collections and disposal and are able to provide copies of all appropriate licences on request. In addition, as part of our service, you will be given a consignment note to prove that your waste has been disposed of compliantly.

Range of collection solutions

Read on to discover our range of hazardous waste pickup options, which are suitable for regular or one off hazardous waste clearances.

Hazardous waste boxes

Our hazardous waste boxes are the ideal pickup solution for businesses that occasionally produce small amounts of hazardous waste such as:

  • Oily rags from garages
  • Paint from contractors and decorators
  • Printer / toner cartridges from offices

For just £70.00+VAT we can deliver a specialist empty container with a capacity of 60L for you to fill. Once you let us know it’s full we will collect the sealed container and dispose of it at Canford Recycling Centre.

Learn more or order a hazardous waste box


IBCs (intermediate bulk containers) are ideal for businesses that are regularly producing larger volumes of hazardous waste, which need to be safely and securely stored onsite prior to collection.

This gives the user the benefit of adding to the IBC as needed over a longer period of time. Additionally, due to their storage capacity (up to 1250L), IBCs can be a very cost effective solution.

Learn more or arrange a quote for IBCs.

Man and van pickups

Our friendly, reliable man and van service is also fully licenced to carryout hazardous waste collections in and around Dorset. With the ability to transport up to 1 tonne of waste in a single trip, our man and van operatives will arrive on site and as long as the hazardous waste is safe for transport, will load the van with your waste for you. We will then transport it to our local recycling centre for compliant disposal.

Learn more or book a man and van waste collection.

Grab lorry pickups

Grab lorries are ideal for collecting large volumes of ‘one off’ hazardous waste, such as asbestos roof tiles that may be discovered during a renovation project or have been dumped by a fly tipper.

Our partners at Avon Material Supplies have a modern fleet of grab lorries with varying reaches and carrying capacities, which allows for waste piles to be cleared quickly even in areas or sites with limited access.

If you would like to receive a quote for a grab lorry hazardous waste pickup, please contact us on 01202 331560.

Hazardous waste drop offs

If you do not require a hazardous waste pickup service, you are welcome to bring your waste directly to us at Canford Recycling Centre. However, we would strongly advise your waste is correctly contained and you have taken all the required steps to ensure you can legally and safely transport the waste yourself.

Also, we do ask that you pre-book your hazardous disposal service with our onsite team to ensure that the correct measures and paperwork are in place when you arrive.

To arrange a hazardous waste disposal, please contact our team on 01202 331560. They can also advise you on any other specific requirements for your disposal, such as ensuring that any asbestos is double wrapped.


Guide to tyre disposal for garages, automotive businesses and individuals

Do you have scrap or unwanted tyres laying around that you’re not quite sure what to do with? Perhaps working with vehicles is part of your everyday business and therefore waste tyres are inevitable, or maybe you’ve simply changed your own car, van or motorcycle tyres.

Either way, you’ll need a cost-effective and convenient tyre disposal solution that is compliant with all the appropriate waste disposal legislation. Please remember, as the waste producer the responsibility of ensuring your tyres are disposed of legally rests with you. To help you to manage the disposal and recycling of your scrap tyres, please read on to learn of a few different tyre disposal options.

Has someone fly tipped tyres on your land? We can also help with this, please call our specialist team on 01202 331560 opt. 3.

Donate your tyres

Although your old tyres might not be any good for your vehicle anymore, they could be repurposed for something completely different! Why not reach out to your local zoo? Animals such as big cats and monkeys have tyres in their enclosures for exercise and enrichment.

If you happen to have a spare truck or tractor tyre, you could donate them to your local gym or sports club. Large tyres such as these are often in high demand as exercise tools.

Local tips

You may think that taking your waste tyres to your local council tip for disposal is the most convenient option. However, it is important to note that not all household tips accept tyres, and those that do will likely charge, so make sure you check their website in advance. Additionally, local tips do not usually accept any commercial tyres.

Tyre disposal at Commercial Recycling

Our tyre disposal and recycling facilities are available to businesses and individuals at our Canford Recycling Centre in Wimborne, and Southwood Recycling Centre near Shepton Mallet.

We offer a convenient, flexible tyre recycling service, with disposal charged on a per tyre or per tonne basis depending on the number that you have to dispose of. Our local recycling centres have automated weighbridges, tarmac surfaces throughout and wide turning spaces to provide a quick and easy low-cost solution.

Our friendly weighbridge operators will take payment and provide you with your Waste Transfer Note to prove that your waste has been disposed of correctly in accordance with legislation.

What tyres can be recycled with us?

We accept all tyre types, both on and off the rim. These include:

  • Car tyres
  • Motorcycle tyres
  • Van, lorry or truck tyres
  • Tractor tyres

For more information, please see our tyre disposal page, tipping prices, or call our experts on 01202 331560.

Tyre collection service

If you’re unable to safely transport your tyres yourself, we can collect them from you! Our tyre collections save you time and hassle, and we can collect from as little as 0.25 tonnes of tyres per visit.

Give us a call on 01202 331560, and depending on the number of tyres for disposal we’ll either send our 01202 331560 or grab lorry operatives to pick up the tyres from your premises.

Talk to us about tyre disposal

If you’d like to learn more about any of our tyre disposal solutions, please visit our tyre disposal, recycling and collections page.

To talk to us about your options or for a quote, you can fill out the enquiry form on the page, email or call 01202 331560.



Complete fly tip clearance services

The lockdown imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic has had effects on almost every industry. With fewer people being able to work and many public services being cut, people are looking for different solutions to everyday problems. Unfortunately, sometimes these solutions are negative, such as in the case of fly tipping of waste.

The Guardian has reported a staggering 80% increase on average of fly tipping cases across the country in wake of the coronavirus lockdown.

The initial closure of local tips (during stage 4 of the UK’s response to coronavirus), reduced waste collection services, and increase in people completing DIY projects at home have led to a pronounced increase in fly tipping as individuals and businesses become desperate to get rid of their waste. It’s unfortunately no longer uncommon to see unwanted furniture, construction waste or abandoned bin bags in public areas whilst out enjoying your daily exercise.

Fly tip removals

If a fly tip is discovered on public land, the local council should remove it (although this may take some time due to service availability). Unfortunately, if a fly tip is found on private land it becomes the responsibility of the land owner to have it removed by a licenced waste carrier.

Commercial Recycling, along with our long-established waste collection partner Avon Material Supplies, offer an efficient, affordable fly tip clearance service across Dorset and Hampshire. We will collect the fly tipped waste from your premises and ensure that where possible, the majority of the recovered waste is recycled at our licenced waste disposal site near Wimborne.

View our informative fly tip service flyer.

Fly tip solutions we provide

The two options we offer for fly tip clearances enable us to clear between 0.5 – 16 tonnes of waste in a single trip. Each of the fly tip removal services detailed below are fully licensed, and completed using modern vehicles operated by skilled operatives who are equipped with the appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).

  • Man and van – in one trip our man and van operators can transport up to 1 tonne of waste. With this fly tip collection method we are able to offer quick response times and our team will load the waste into the van for you.
  • Grab lorry – our fleet of grab lorries includes 4, 6 and 8 wheeler grabs that are able to carry up to 16 tonnes of waste. Each has a varying grab reach, making this suitable for large fly tip clearances where access may otherwise be challenging.

Commonly fly tipped wastes we collect

  • Bulky general waste
  • Mattresses
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Garage, office and house clearances
  • WEEE (waste electrical electronic equipment)
  • Tyres

Can’t see the waste type you’re looking to have collected? Call our friendly team on 01202 331560 who will be able to advise you and where possible arrange a fly tip clearance.

Hazardous waste collections

As well as the waste streams mentioned above, our man and van operatives are also fully licenced to collect, transport and dispose of hazardous waste. Examples of hazardous waste that we can collect include:

  • Adhesives
  • Aerosols
  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals
  • Contaminated packaging
  • Oil and oil filters
  • Paints
  • Solvents
  • Resins

Learn more about our hazardous waste disposal service.

Reporting fly tipping

It’s important to remember that fly tipping is a criminal offence that you should report to your local council.

If the person committing the crime is caught, they will be prosecuted and fined up to £20,000. They could even face a prison sentence.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council advise that if you see someone fly tipping to make a note of the following, and report it directly to them:

  • The day, date and time.
  • What you saw – who they were (if known), what they looked like, what vehicle was used (colour, make, licence plate number).
  • How much waste is there, what was tipped and where.

Report a fly tip to BCP.

Book a fly tip clearance

To book a fly tip clearance in Dorset or Hampshire, to learn more or for a quote, please call 01202 331560 or email

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Our guide to plasterboard disposal for DIY enthusiasts and local builders

If you’re using your time in lockdown to undertake some much needed DIY projects, or perhaps you’re continuing to carry out essential work in the building trade, you may find yourself in need of plasterboard disposal.

Disposing of plasterboard waste isn’t as simple as placing it into the skip you’re already using or taking it to your local tip for free disposal. There are legislations in place to govern the disposal of plasterboard that everyone must adhere to, whether you’re a business or individual.

What is the legislation around plasterboard disposal?

Back in 2009, European legislation around the disposal of plasterboard was changed meaning plasterboard could no longer be landfilled within mixed waste. This change means that all producer(s) of plasterboard waste must separate this waste type from any other wastes they have produced, and also ensure it is disposed of correctly at a licenced disposal facility, such as Southwood Recycling Centre in Somerset.

Did you know? As the waste producer, if you choose to use a local waste collection service it is your responsibility to ensure that they are a licensed waste carrier and they dispose of your waste legally.

You can read the full legislation on the Environment Agency’s website.

What options are available for plasterboard disposal?

Although plasterboard disposal comes with responsibilities, there are a number of established plasterboard disposal methods available to ensure that you remain compliant and your waste is disposed of safely and in accordance with legislation.

To help you to choose the best plasterboard disposal solution, it may help to start by answering two simple questions, which are: 

  1. Do I need the waste collected or am I happy to transport it to a disposal facility? Remember, if you are using a waste collection service they must be licensed to transport and dispose of your waste. Locally we work with and recommend Avon Material Supplies.
  2. How much plasterboard waste will I need to dispose of?

Answering these questions will help you to identify which of the common solutions outlined below would be best for you.

Skip bags
Being much smaller than a skip, but still large and strong enough to hold up to 1 tonne of plasterboard waste, skip bags are an extremely convenient plasterboard disposal method. This is especially true for domestic users who may not have much driveway space or tradesmen who carry out property maintenance/repairs or small renovations .

For the building trade where multiple waste types are being produced, utilising a skip bag for plasterboard disposal can also be a cost-saving solution. We recommend hiring a mixed waste skip for the majority of your waste, and a skip bag for the plasterboard. This is cost-effective because it avoids the need to hire separate skips for mixed waste and plasterboard.

We have an established relationship with AMS Bag Services, local skip bag providers, simply contact them to order a delivery of an empty skip bag and then ring them when it’s full. They’ll collect the bag of plasterboard from you and transport it to our recycling centre in Wimborne for compliant disposal. To learn more, please visit:

Disposal at your household waste recycling centre (HWRC)
Most HWRCs do take separated plasterboard waste, but not for free like other waste types. The price of plasterboard disposal is usually charged at a per bag or per sheet basis, which can make disposing of larger volumes of plasterboard expensive when compared to a local commercial tip. To help you out, below are links to the plasterboard tipping prices in Bournemouth in Poole.

*These links are to 3rd party websites so we cannot be responsible for the accuracy of the content or prices provided.

Disposal at a licenced commercial waste disposal site
If you or your business produces regular amounts of plasterboard waste or you have one large amount to dispose of you may prefer to use a licenced recycling facility such as Canford Recycling Centre in Wimborne, or Southwood Trade Waste Recycling Centre in Somerset.

In addition to competitive tipping prices, users will benefit from easy access, wide roads with a number turning spots and use of an automated weighbridge allowing for a quicker turnaround and accuracy calculation of disposal charges.

Plasterboard waste collections
If you would like your waste collected, our friends at Avon Material Supplies (AMS) have been helping businesses legally dispose of their plasterboard waste for many years in a couple of ways:

  • Plasterboard skip hire – AMS can transport a dedicated plasterboard skip to your business premises, home or site. They offer flexible hire periods, so once the project is complete or the skip is full, simply give them a call to arrange a collection or skip exchange.
    As tempting as it may be, do not try to hide your plasterboard waste in with other waste types. Although you may think it’s unnoticeable in the middle of your mixed waste skip, when it’s processed the plasterboard will be uncovered and you could face additional charges and/or prosecution.
  • Grab lorry hire service – If you’ve produced a lot of plasterboard waste that you want gone quickly, a grab lorry is the best choice for you. They have 3 sizes of grab lorry in their roster, so give them a call on 01202 579 579 to confirm which is best suited for your job or for a quote.

Whichever option you choose, your waste will make its way over to us at Commercial Recycling for processing.

Helpful advice always available

If you’re unsure of how much plasterboard waste you have to dispose of or which method of disposal would be best suited to your needs and budget, please call our friendly team on 01202 331560.

Our team of waste disposal experts are always happy to offer advice over the phone and if required may be able to visit your site or home to provide further guidance.

Our plasterboard recycling sites

We have two fully licensed commercial waste recycling centres that are able to recycle and dispose of plasterboard waste in compliance with legislation:

Canford Recycling Centre
Arena Way
Magna Road
BH21 3BW

T: 01202 331560
Visit the Canford page

Southwood Trade Waste Recycling Centre
Shepton Mallet

T:01749 830889
Visit the Southwood page

For more information, visit our main plasterboard disposal webpage.


How to dispose of your construction waste in Somerset

Somerset commercial waste disposal

Coronavirus update: we remain operational for essential businesses who require disposal facilities, for the latest update please see: or call 01202 331560. 

The UK construction industry has come a long way with its recycling initiatives, but with a little planning, we can do even more. The key is smart construction waste disposals, and for businesses based in Somerset; Southwood trade waste and recycling centre could be the solution.

Whether it’s from packaging or building materials used in a project, construction waste in many industries is inevitable. It is often underestimated and can be an expensive cost if not disposed of correctly. In 2016, 61% of waste generated in the UK was from the construction, demolition, and excavation industries (66.2 million tonnes of waste). However, these industries also managed to recover 60.2 million tonnes of this waste, which equates to 91% of this total. This means that, despite the UK’s high output of demolition and construction waste, our reuse and recycling processes are impressive.

Benefits of managing your construction waste correctly

To help maintain the high levels of recycling being achieved and to reduce how much waste we send to landfills, your business needs to understand how to manage its waste correctly. This is crucial in order to help the UK construction industry to minimise its environmental impact and the demands it places on our landfills.

In doing so, you’ll also improve your business’s sustainability, safety and cost-efficiency. Here are some of the added benefits of good construction waste management:

  • Compliance – Under The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, it is a legal requirement for businesses to control their waste. This applies to any business that produces, imports or exports, carries or transports, keeps or stores, treats, or disposes of waste.
  • High standards of health and safety Proper waste handling protects your workers and members of the public from accidents. For example, leaving waste around that could fall onto people or cause a trip is a hazard and can result in a legal claim against your company.
  • Reduced costs Correct construction waste management reduces costs in several ways. You can reduce costs by reusing materials and you can prevent paying twice for a material; firstly when it goes to waste and secondly when paying to have it removed. Also, by segregating mixed waste into single waste streams and disposing of each of them separately, you will reduce the amount of mixed waste being disposed, which is the most expensive when it comes to disposal.
  • Improved reputation Businesses that demonstrate they’re doing their part for the environment will develop a positive reputation, which improves their relationships with customers and clients. It can even help you gain opportunities with government-funded projects, which often require certain standards of waste management to be in place.

Types of construction waste

Construction, demolition, and excavation sites all generate various types of waste, which The Waste Regulations 2011 requires you to properly manage and dispose of. The bulk of construction waste comes from inert wastes, which include:

  • Concrete, bricks, tiles, cement, and ceramics
  • Soil, stones, rubble and dredging

Other common materials include:

  • Plasterboard waste
  • Wood
  • Glass and uPVC
  • Metallic waste (such as pipes)

Did you know that Commercial Recycling can accept hazardous wastes at their disposal facility in Dorset, for more information please call 01202 331560

As well as having a positive impact on the environment, disposing of your construction waste correctly can help reduce your costs considerably. Waste can often account for 2-3% of construction cost, impacting significantly on profit margins and if not disposed of correctly, can incur heavy fines. Read this article: Waste firm ordered to pay more than £1.2m for waste offences.

Commercial Recycling is committed to helping businesses achieve sustainable waste management solutions that are cost effective and we currently recycle over 80% of all the waste we receive. 

It is also worth noting that virtually all the inert wastes received at Canford Recycling Centre are recovered, recycled and manufactured into various construction aggregates that are used extensively in the Dorset area.  

“We  believe our clients choose our sites because as an organisation we are committed to affordable waste solutions that ensure high recovery and recycling levels.” Stuart Mariner, Sales Manager, Commercial Recycling.

Our Somerset waste disposal and recycling site

Our Somerset waste recycling centre in Evercreech near Shepton Mallet in Somerset is a licensed disposal facility, which is open to businesses, tradesmen and contractors. The site is easily accessed via the A371 and benefits of this facility include:

  • Convenient opening hours: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 5pm
  • Inert tipping facility
  • Hard standing surface throughout the site
  • Licensed to accept multiple waste streams (please see below)
  • Automated dual weighbridge

Our Somerset trade waste and recycling centre is chosen by many local construction companies because we accept a wide range of waste streams including:

If you’re working in Somerset on a project with demolition, excavation or construction waste, ensure you take steps to reduce your landfill costs. Contact Commercial Recycling today on 01749 830889 and we will assist you.

Did you know we also have a recycling centre in Dorset? Based in Wimborne, near Bournemouth, our site accepts all sorts of waste including WEEE and hazardous waste. Customers visiting the Wimborne Recycling Centre are also able to pick up a wide range of aggregates that are produced by the state-of-the-art facilities onsite, and are able to order hazardous waste disposal boxes for the safe and compliant collection and disposal of small amounts of hazardous waste.

Get in touch to book your construction waste disposals with Commercial Recycling or follow our Facebook page for regular updates on our services, offers and operating hours.

The impact of the global commodity market

Are you aware of your waste’s full potential? With a strong focus on environmental stability, global responsibility, sustainability and renewables, the days when it was acceptable to send waste to landfill are thankfully long gone.

This article focuses on the impact of the global commodity market and how this has an effect on businesses who rely upon and/or operate within the waste and recycling industry.

What is the global commodity market?

The global commodity market works just like any other market. It’s a physical or a virtual space, where you can buy, sell or trade various commodities at the current or a future date.


What are recyclable commodities?

To put it simply, the recyclable commodity market refers to the most common recyclable materials that are put through treatments and processes, which turn them from waste into valuable commodities (materials) that can be sold at a profit.

What waste types can be accepted as recyclable commodities?

  • Paper and card – This waste resource can be made into new paper products such as newsprint, packaging, tissues and office items.
  • Glass – Glass can be infinitely recycled without losing any quality and so it’s often reused time and time again.
  • Plastic – Depending on which type of plastic, it’s often shredded or granulated to produce a material that can be recycled into new plastic products.
  • Metal – These can range from metal found in food and drink cans, to parts found in electrical items, which are then distributed to varying facilities to be melted and formed into new metal products.

Information on the decrease in value in commodities globally

Previously, waste managers across the world relied on China to import and process vast quantities of common recycling commodities like plastic, paper and glass. However, in early 2018, the ‘Chinese National Sword Legislation’ came into effect to ban imports of 24 types of waste material and set a tougher standard for contamination levels in the rest. At the time, it was regarded by many businesses as a ‘catastrophe’ that will have a ‘devastating impact’ on global recycling.

However, this didn’t mean that it was bad news for everyone. The pressure on Chinese waste processing acted as a catalyst for other global governments and recycling industries to explore alternative supply chains and provide opportunities for domestic waste sorting and recycling businesses around the world.

What does this mean for the waste and recycling industry?

While the ‘Chinese National Sword Legislation’ poses an immediate and continuing challenge to the global waste management and recycling industry, there is a bright future for recycling businesses.

The promise behind the changes comes from the design and implementation of breakthrough technologies, which will continue to ensure less waste is sent to landfills, reduced mining of primary resources and a decrease in environmental pollution for waste industries all over the world.

By investing more in sensor-based recycling sorting solutions, and having more knowledge of where the waste is being sent, the businesses producing waste can cut contamination and help encourage resources to be reused and recycled.

One key example of this is the new Viridor plastic recycling plant that they are building in Avonmouth. This shows how the UK is developing its recycling infrastructure rather than relying on exports. Read more here >> 

How has this change affected Commercial Recycling?

Due to the global market in commodities being very poor, in particular cardboard waste recycling, at the end of 2019, most trade waste disposal facilities, including our own, had to make the tough decision to increase the costs to tip certain recycling commodities, and no longer allow cardboard to be tipped for free. At this time, it appears the situation in the global market is unlikely to change, however, if the situation does improve our business is committed to reviewing the rate at the earliest appropriate moment.

The fall in global commodity rates makes it even more important to recycle, reuse and recover where possible.

External sources

Below we have listed some external resources which have additional information on the current recycling commodity market:

Contact Commercial Recycling for more information

If you would like more information regarding the condition of the global commodity or recycling commodity market, please give our team a call on 01202 331560.

Check out our current waste disposal prices here >>.

Keep up to date with all the latest Commercial Recycling news by following our Facebook page for regular advice and updates.

Spotlight on Southwood – Our Somerset Waste Recycling Site

Our Somerset waste disposal facility in Evercreech, near Shepton Mallet, is a commercial waste disposal facility that can accommodate tradespeople, contractors and businesses who need to tip small to large volumes of waste.

Visit Southwood Recycling Centre for convenient opening hours, competitive tipping prices and a quick turnaround.

With the closure of Dimmer Landfill site in Castle Cary, more businesses are now choosing to tip at Southwood Recycling Centre. With this in mind, we thought it would be useful to share some information about this site.

Closure of the Dimmer Landfill

As of March 2020, the Dimmer Landfill site closes its doors and no longer accepts any forms of waste. The good news is our Southwood Recycling Centre is located under 5 miles away and able to accept all major commercial waste streams, including general, commercial, construction and plasterboard. 

Where is our Somerset trade waste and recycling centre?

Just down the road from Shepton Mallet town centre, and the Bath and West Showground, our Somerset waste disposal centre is open to businesses, tradespeople and general members of the public. It benefits from a convenient location with easy access via the A371. Click here to view our Somerset site on Google Maps >>.

Benefits of our Somerset disposal facility

NEW reduced minimum weight for general waste tipping

To better accommodate the needs of businesses wishing to tip smaller volumes of general waste more regularly, the site now has a minimum weight charge of just 100kgs.

Our new minimum charge to tip general waste is now only £15.50 + VAT! Call our team on 01749 830889 for more information.

Continuous site improvements

To ensure that our Somerset waste disposal and recycling site runs efficiently and offers customers a quick turnaround in a safe environment, we are committed to continually maintaining and improving the site.

Benefits that users will receive at our local tip in Somerset include:

  • Hard surfacing throughout
  • Dual weighbridges
  • Large turning points
  • Directional signage

Team of friendly experts

Our team of experts are on hand to answer all of your commercial waste disposal questions. These may include questions around minimum tipping costs, site access, and types of waste accepted, to name a few.

Phone our team on 01749 830889 or email and a member of our team will be happy to provide you with expert advice.

Convenient opening hours

Similarly to our recycling centre in Dorset, Southwood is open at convenient times to allow busy tradespeople and businesses the chance to tip their commercial waste when it suits them. Our Somerset site is open from 7:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Accepted waste streams at Southwood Recycling Centre

We accept all common forms of waste created by local businesses, such as;

*Please contact our head office on 01202 331560 before bringing your hazardous waste for tipping.

Do you have commercial waste ready for disposal?

With the closure of Dimmer landfill, why not try out Southwood Trade Waste Recycling Centre for your next commercial waste disposal?

Our friendly team would be happy to answer any questions that you may have, arrange a tipping quote, or get your disposal booked in! Simply fill in our online enquiry form, or see our contact details below.

Visit our site at:
Southwood Trade Waste Recycling Centre
Shepton Mallet

Evercreech phone: 01749 830889