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What is Asbestos

Asbestos is a fibrous silicate mineral, which was first used in commercial building in the 1800s and later became popular in house building during the 1980s. The material became desirable thanks to its physical properties including affordability, sound absorption, tensile strength and in particular, its resistance to fire, heat, and electricity. For these reasons, it was commonly used by manufacturers and builders and often mixed with cement or woven into fabrics.

In the UK and EU since 1999, the use of all asbestos in new construction projects has been banned due to the health risk the material poses to humans when its broken up or damaged.

Prior to being banned, asbestos was used in thousands of materials including roof tiles, ceilings, floor tiles and cement.

Importance of safe asbestos disposal

It is now known that all types of asbestos can cause serious health hazards to humans, with amosite and crocidolite being the highest risk. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious and fatal illness including lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Those at the particular harm of these illnesses include carpenters, builders, plumbers, electricians and asbestos disposal workers.

Exposure to asbestos in the form of fibers is always considered dangerous, therefore the handling and disposal of asbestos material must be taken with the utmost care. The demolition of buildings containing any amounts of asbestos pose particular problems and has to be deconstructed piece by piece or builders have to remove the asbestos before the structure can be knocked down by mechanical or explosive means. Once a building is demolished, the construction team then face the difficulty of transporting and disposing of the redundant material on an approved route using adapted vehicles.

How can you dispose of asbestos waste

Asbestos waste is classed as a hazardous waste material and therefore must be disposed of separately from other waste streams and handled with caution.

The simplest way to dispose of asbestos waste once it’s removed is to organise a collection service from a licensed waste management company. Our sister company, Avon Material Supplies offers roro (rollonoff) containers and enclosed skip services, which are all fully compliant with managing hazardous waste. Learn more about the collection services offered by AMS here >>

Alternatively, you can use a local, licensed disposal facility such as Canford Recycling Centre in Wimborne, Dorset. When disposing of any asbestos material using your own means, please be aware of the challenges involved in transporting asbestos, the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) you should use and the appropriate container for the waste.

The following steps must also be completed before transporting the asbestos waste to Canford Recycling Centre:

  • All wastes must be sealed and double wrapped or bagged in 1000+ gauge plastic.
  • A hazardous waste consignment note must be partially completed to enable it to be finished and signed off when the load is tipped. A member of our team can start this process once the load is pre-booked.

Asbestos disposal with Commercial Recycling

At Commercial Recycling, we offer a fully compliant asbestos disposal service and our specially trained staff ensure all of our practices follow the health and safety legalities. Disposal of asbestos with us is a simple and safe process and we only request that the waste is pre-booked in at least 24 hours in advance of tipping.

Although asbestos is a costly waste stream to dispose of due to its difficulty to handle and process, you will find our services are extremely competitively priced thanks to the use of our own facility and fleet of vehicles.

Visit Canford Recycling Centre

Our Canford Recycling Centre near Bournemouth and Poole offers an ideal location for contractors, businesses and tradesman to dispose of waste asbestos. The site is equipped for all customers and vehicles and we have long opening hours of Monday – Friday 7am-5:30pm and Saturday mornings 7am-12pm.

  • Canford Recycling Centre, Magna Road, Wimborne, BH21 3BW
  • T: 01202 331560

Please note asbestos waste disposed of at Canford Recycling Centre must be manually offloaded on site. Therefore we strongly recommend sheets of asbestos are individually wrapped and sealed bags of asbestos weigh no more than 25kg each.

Want to know more?

Contact our team on 01202 331560, opt 3 or email our sales manager, Stuart, on

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Where can I dispose of old gas bottles?

What are gas bottles?

Whilst there are many types of gas bottles, the general term covers any flammable hydrocarbon gas liquefied that is stored through pressurisation in a gas bottle or cylinder. Gas bottles have many uses to both individuals, contractors and businesses including heating, cooking and auto fuel.

Due to the potentially dangerous nature of these bottles, disposing of them requires the use of a professional, fully licensed disposal facility, which can ensure waste bottles and cylinders are correctly disposed of.

Where to dispose of old gas bottles?

At Commercial Recycling, our centres are fully licensed to handle more difficult waste streams such as gas canisters, cylinders and bottles. Our local recycling centres in Dorset and Somerset are fully equipped and open Monday to Friday, Canford Recycling Centre also opens on Saturday mornings.  

Recycling centres able to accept gas bottles:

Canford Recycling centre near Wimborne:

  • Address: Magna Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3BW
  • Tel: 01202 331560

Somerset Recycling Centre near Shepton Mallet

  • Address: Evercreech, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6LX
  • Tel: 01749 830889

If you have a larger amount of waste gas bottles that you are unable to transport yourself, we can provide a collection service, which can be organised on a one-off basis or as part of a scheduled hazardous waste management solution. Collections are completed by AMS using either their man and van service or an enclosed skip.

What gas bottles do you accept?

Our Canford and Somerset Recycling centres can accept gas cylinders that are full, partially full and empty; meaning we can handle any redundant bottles you have.

What is required for disposal of gas bottles?

If the gas bottle waste is coming from a commercial source such as a factory or office, a consignment note is required. This is a legal requirement related to how the hazardous waste item(s) is stored, transported and disposed of and must stay with the waste until it reaches its final destination.

Have any questions about gas bottle disposal?

Our expert team at Commercial Recycling can help! Give us a call on 01202 331560.

A helpful guide to WEEE

At Commercial Recycling we specialise in providing customers in Dorset and Somerset with affordable ways to dispose of various waste types of waste, including commercial, recyclable, hazardous and WEEE.

Not sure what WEEE waste is. Keeping reading…

What does WEEE stand for?

WEEE stands for waste electrical and electronic equipment, which essentially means any waste which uses batteries or plugs. You can read a full description here.

WEEE is likely to be found in most businesses and households, and with regular replacement likely to be required with these types of appliances, you should always consider how to legally and safely dispose of these waste types.

What are the most common types of WEEE waste?

Commercial WEEE waste types include;

  • Air conditioning appliances
  • Battery operated children’s toys
  • Computers
  • Medical devices
  • Phones
  • Smoke detectors
  • Thermostats
  • White goods

For further examples of WEEE please click here.

What are the regulations around WEEE?

Businesses and individuals have a duty of care to ensure that electrical waste is disposed of properly and safely. By not following waste regulations, you can receive a fine of up to £5000 and face prosecution.  

You can find out more about WEEE regulations here.

Did you know that every year an estimated 2 million tonnes of WEEE items are discarded by householders and companies in the UK.*

Where can I tip WEEE?

We accept WEEE waste at our recycling centres in Wimborne, Dorset and Evercreech, Somerset. We accept waste deliveries in lorries, vans, tippers and cars with trailers and our early opening hours mean you can drop by before work.

Dorset recycling facility:

  • Canford Recycling Centre, Magna Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3BW
  • Tel: 01202 331560

Somerset recycling facility:

  • Southwood Trade Waste Recycling Centre, Evercreech, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6LX
  • Tel: 01749 830889

Can I have WEEE collected?

Yes! If you can’t get to one of our recycling centres, we have collection services available to pick up and dispose of your electrical goods.

We can arrange collection of individual items (fridges, TV’s etc) or for larger amounts of waste we can provide a skip, skip bag or roro (rollonoff) container. If you need your WEEE waste collected, please get in touch with one of the team by calling 01202 331560 or by emailing us here.



Buying AMS services on account

Commercial recycling account holder

If you are a Commercial Recycling account holder, you are entitled to order aggregates and waste collection services from our associated company, Avon Material Supplies

AMS (Avon Material Supplies) offers a range of bagged and loose construction materials which can normally be delivered to you or your site the next day*. Popular materials include; crushed concrete, recycled tarmac, building sand, screened soil, all in ballast and type 1 recycled. 

In addition to supplying aggregates, AMS also offer same day deliveries* of many sizes of skips, tipper trucks and grab lorries.

To learn more about Avon Material Supplies services please visit Or download this handy introduction guide >>

Orders and quotations

If you would like a quote or wish to place an order with AMS, please download our ‘Useful Contacts guide’ to see what phone number is best for you to use.

Useful contacts at AMS and CRL

*Subject to availability Monday to Friday. 

Helpful Guidance on Asbestos Disposal

Our guide to Asbestos Disposal

Asbestos is a hazardous waste and requires specialist treatment. Therefore businesses, tradespeople and waste contractors are extremely limited when it comes to safely and legally disposing of their asbestos waste.

Should I transport my asbestos waste or have it collected?

The easiest solution is to have our specialist team collect the asbestos because it reduces your handling of the waste and eliminates the difficulties of you transporting a hazardous waste.

If you do choose to transport the waste yourself, please ensure you are aware of all the challenges involved before getting started and that you have the appropriate container for the waste and PPE (personal protective equipment).

BE AWARE! – If you use a third-party contractor it is your responsibility to ensure they are a licensed waste carrier and permitted to transport asbestos.

How should my waste asbestos be contained?

If Commercial Recycling is collecting the asbestos you will be provided with the appropriate sized, fully enclosed container for the waste being disposed of. If you or your licensed contractor are transporting the waste to Canford Recycling Centre, it must be double wrapped or bagged (outer layer should be transparent) and sealed with no holes.

Things you need to check before tipping at Canford Recycling Centre

Asbestos waste is hazardous and for it to be accepted at Canford Recycling Centre the following steps must be completed prior to setting off.

  • All wastes must be sealed and double wrapped or bagged in 1000+ gauge plastic.
  • Ideally, the waste must be pre-booked in at least 24 hours in advance of tipping.
  • 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.

Please note asbestos waste disposed of at Canford Recycling Centre must be manually offloaded on site. Therefore we strongly recommend sheets of asbestos are individually wrapped and sealed bags of asbestos weigh no more than 25kg each.

Your local centre for asbestos disposal in Dorset:

Canford Recycling Centre, Magna Road, Wimborne, BH21 3BW

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (Saturday AM only)
  • T: 01202 331560

How much does it cost to dispose of asbestos?

Asbestos is an expensive waste stream to dispose of, so to keep costs down our minimum weight charge is just 250KG. The collection rates we charge are also very competitive because we use our own fleet of vehicles.

For waste disposal prices, please email us or call 01202 331560 opt. 3

Asbestos disposal near me?

Businesses and individuals often pose the question; where can I go for asbestos disposal near me?

Asbestos waste is hazardous and requires special processing, which means businesses, tradespeople and waste contractors are extremely limited as to where they can go to safely and legally dispose of their asbestos waste.

There are a handful of landfill sites in the counties that surround Dorset, which can accept asbestos waste but they all have different acceptance conditions and are only really geared for larger lorries.

The availability of local landfills accepting asbestos waste will be further reduced when Pound Bottom Landfill is closed on the 31/01/2018.

If I can’t use a landfill, where can I go?

Now we have established that in most cases landfill sites don’t offer a suitable answer to the question of ‘asbestos disposal near me?’. It seems fitting to introduce Canford Recycling Centre, a fully licensed facility in Wimborne, Dorset, that can accept asbestos waste.

Asbestos disposal at Canford Recycling Centre

To dispose of asbestos waste at Canford Recycling Centre, businesses and individuals must ensure their waste is double wrapped, pre-booked in for tipping and accompanied by a hazardous waste consignment note.

For further information see our article ‘How to dispose of asbestos waste in Poole and Bournemouth’. Or alternatively, please call one of our friendly experts on 01202 331560.

Please note asbestos waste disposed of at Canford Recycling Centre must be manually offloaded on site. Therefore we strongly recommend sheets of asbestos are individually wrapped and sealed bags of asbestos weigh no more than 25kg each.

Asbestos disposal prices

As a type of hazardous waste that requires special attention and processing, it is expensive to dispose of when compared to other commercial wastes. To help keep the costs down for our customers, the minimum weight charge for asbestos is just 250Kg.

For the latest rates, please visit our ‘Prices’ page or call 01202 331560.

Other useful information:

Most common forms of asbestos we accept are:

  • Asbestos ceilings
  • Asbestos roofs
  • Asbestos floor tiles
  • Asbestos cement

Additional asbestos related services we offer:

  • The supply of the appropriate asbestos PPE (Personal, Protective, Equipment)
  • Free asbestos advice
  • Sourcing of specialist asbestos containers including enclosed skips and double bagged systems
  • Asbestos collection service – for further details please call a member of hazardous waste team on 01202 331560

Battery disposal sites near Poole and Bournemouth

Disposal of batteries can be an inconvenient chore and often causes confusion with regards to how various batteries should be disposed of and/or recycled.

There is a range of battery types which can be recycled, these include but are not limited to;

  • Household batteries including ‘button’ batteries from watches
  • Battery packs from laptops, mobile phones, power tools and remote control units
  • Car batteries

Some councils make the collection of batteries a service inline with household waste, however, in most areas you will need to take them to a licensed recycling centre.

Why are some batteries classed as hazardous?

Effectively, all batteries are classed as hazardous waste because they can contain corrosive materials such as sulphuric acid or potassium hydroxide, or heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. Under certain conditions, these materials can be explosive and very dangerous. Source: and G P Batt

However, some household batteries such as Duracell AA, maybe alkaline and if labelled so can be disposed of safely at home as these are not potentially dangerous. As directed by their website: “Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste.”

How do I recycle my old batteries?

If you have batteries to dispose of, our recycling centres at Commercial Recycling can help you.

In order to complete the disposal of your waste batteries at one of our recycling centres you will need the following:

  • A consignment note that is pre-completed and ready for final signature. Alternatively, you will need to sign a hazardous waste declaration form to confirm that the items originate from a ‘separately collected domestic fraction’, in this case, there is no need for the consignment note.
  • A pre-booked slot for disposal – simply get in touch with a member of our staff to do this.
  • Effectively and securely packed the batteries so they can be safely transported and tipped at one of our sites.

How much does battery disposal cost?

At Commercial Recycling, we offer a competitive battery disposal service and charge our service at a per KG rate. Please get in touch to find out our latest price list.

Where is the closest battery disposal site?

Canford Recycling Centre in Wimborne, Dorset is a fully licensed facility that allows contractors, organisations and tradespeople to safely dispose of their batteries. This recycling centre is an ideal location for businesses working in 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

View our dedicated blog post for more information on Canford Recycling Centre.

If your business is located in Somerset we do have a recycling centre at Evercreech, BA4 6LX, near Shepton Mallet. This site is open Monday to Friday between 07:30 – 17:00. Please note, this recycling centre only accepts non-hazardous batteries. For further information please call 01749 830899.

Unable to transport your batteries?

At Commercial Recycling we also offer the collection of battery waste in Poole, Bournemouth, all BH postcodes and surrounding areas. Get in touch with our team to find out more, call 01202 331560.

Further information on battery disposal sites near Poole and Bournemouth

If you require more information on our services at Canford Recycling centre or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.

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.