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Recycling in the workplace

With many businesses now beginning to return to some kind of normality after the 3rd National lockdown, there’s no better time to ensure you have the appropriate commercial waste disposal and recycling measures in place.

In this article, we are going to help you to understand how to implement a successful waste disposal strategy, share effective ways to educate your employees on recycling, whilst also providing guidance on how Commercial Recycling can help you.

Establish your waste types

Depending on the type of organisation you are managing, you may find that you produce certain types of waste in larger volumes than others.

If a successful waste management strategy is to be achieved, it is vital you consider all the types of waste your business is generating.

For example, offices may need to consider general recycling and mixed black bag waste, restaurants will be producing a lot of food waste, packaging and glass waste, whereas the construction industry will be challenged with the disposal of inert wastes.

Once you are aware of the waste types and approximate volumes that you are producing, you can look into how to manage this waste. This may involve:

  • Different bin types and sizes
  • The use of skips or roros (check out our friends at AMS for more information)
  • Tipping at a local recycling centre
  • Regular, scheduled waste collections
  • One off waste collections or disposals

At Commercial Recycling, we’d be happy to help you decide on the best disposal solutions for the waste types that are specifically relevant for your business. Call our experts on 01202 331560.

Make it easy for your team

The majority of employees are likely to support recycling initiatives. However, the adoption and success of any schemes will often be determined by how easy they are made. Proven ways to increase recycling within the workplace include;

  • Use signage as reminders, especially when it comes to signalling the different types of bins you want them to use. If you don’t fancy making your own, you can buy affordable recycling stickers or signs online or from office supplies catalogues.
  • Place waste and recycling bins around the whole workplace, not just in the kitchen or lobby. The shorter the distance your employees have to travel to correctly dispose of their waste, the more likely they are to do so.
  • If possible, provide incentives or rewards to encourage recycling behaviour. Even some healthy competition between your team members could help.

Reuse where possible

Not all waste needs to be thrown away (at least not the first time it is used!). Two small ways that you can implement a reusable initiative are:

  • Suggest employees bring reusable bottles rather than disposal cans / plastic bottles. Even better, why not invest in some branded drinks bottles and distribute these to team members. Not only does this encourage sustainable consumption, but it’s free publicity for your brand if they use the bottles outside of work.
  • We’re all guilty of printing more than we need to, so the paper should be reused where possible. Start a scrap paper pile next to your printer which can be used for note taking.

Don’t let your bins overflow

You may have heard of the Broken Windows Theory – signs of disarray in a neighbourhood (such as a broken window) encourages more broken windows…

…Well the same goes for a messy working environment.

If you’re creating more rubbish than you either have the space for, or have provided waste containers for, you need to review your strategy. Not only will your employees respect the work space less, but it creates an unhealthy and potentially unsafe environment.

One solution that may be helpful is the new commercial wheelie bin and refuse bag service provided by our friends at Avon Material Supplies. They can provide a variety of bin types (or bags if you lack space) in a range of sizes. They will then collect the waste on a schedule that suits you, whether that be daily, weekly or fortnightly.

For medium – large scale one off clearances, we can provide a man and van waste collection. Our operatives will be with you in no time, and will clear up to 1 tonne of waste from your premises.

Trust recycling experts

Establishing contact with a licenced, reliable local recycling centre (such as us at Commercial Recycling) can help you take the stress out of waste management.

It’s our job to know everything there is to know about commercial waste disposals, so we would be more than happy to discuss your requirements with you.

As a fully licenced recycling centre, we are able to accept and process almost any waste type, including hazardous wastes. As such, we have a wide range of waste disposal and collection services on offer. We are confident that we will have the ideal recycling solution for you.

We also operate under a policy that ensures we divert as much waste as possible from landfill. This means that if you work with us, you can be assured that your waste is taken care of in the most efficient, sustainable ways possible.

To learn more, please feel free to call us on 01202 331560 or fill in our contact form.


Job vacancy: Yard Foremen

We are looking to recruit a Yard Foremen to join our busy team at Canford Recycling Centre.

Principle job responsibilities

Canford Recycling Centre deals with commercial, industrial, domestic and hazardous waste from a variety of customers from the general public, house clearance and local builders to multi-national waste companies.

This role will ensure waste is sorted efficiently in order to maximise recycling and revenue, and to reduce costs. The role will also include taking responsibility for the safe operation of the site and employees within this area.

Job particulars

  • Hours: Contracted hours – 52 ½ hours per week average. Monday to Friday 7.00am – 5.30pm, Alternate Saturdays 7.00am – 12.00pm. Half hour lunchbreak unpaid
  • Pay Rate: Basic rate £11.50 per hour – Equates to annual salary of £31,395.00. Overtime rate £17.25 (Time and a half)
  • Additional: Foreman Allowance £135.33 per month (Guaranteed). First Aid Allowance £50.00 per month (Subject to holding or gaining FAW qualification). H&S Allowance £50.00 per month (Subject to holding or gaining IOSH/NEBOSH qualification)
  • Location: Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3BW

Reporting relationships

  • Reportable to: Area Operations Manager
  • Responsible for: Approximately 10 staff (Machine operators, labourers & agency staff)

Key responsibilities 

  • Completion of daily paperwork including:
    • Daily Site Diary
    • Load Inspections
    • Permits to Work
    • Induction of Agency staff
  • To ensure waste is sorted efficiently in order to maximise recycling/recovery rates, reduce waste to landfill, and therefore maximise revenue and reduce costs. To visually monitor incoming loads and contact the weighbridge to let them know about any mis-description of waste, or undeclared additional items which could be charged to increase earnings (tyres, gas bottles, paint tins, etc). Oversee incoming customer vehicles use the site safely, and are quickly off loaded.
  • Help maintain and operate the site in accordance with the Environmental Permit, Working Plan and Fire Prevention Plan. To monitor litter and ensure the site and its environment are maintained in a clean and tidy condition.
  • Book outgoing transport for the movement of waste and ensure that all vehicles are loaded promptly.
  • Maintain a high level of awareness for Health, Safety, welfare and security matters, and lead by example taking a pro-active approach to ensuring best practice and compliance. Oversee the health, safety and welfare of employees, customers, contractors and visitors whilst they are on site including completing Permits to Work and monitoring the use of PPE in line with Company Policy.
  • Identify any training needs in liaison with the Area Operations Manager. To carry out Tool Box Talks, and ensure regular communication with site staff to encourage feedback and share new ideas. Assist with staff disciplinary meetings.
  • Report all accidents, near misses and damage using the company reporting procedure.
  • To ensure customer queries and complaints are dealt with promptly and professionally.
  • Ensure that mobile and static plant is operated in a safe manner in compliance with company procedures. Oversee completion of ‘Daily Plant Check Sheets’ by machine operators, report any defects and to ensure defects are recorded and rectified, then file when completed.
  • Any other duties as requested within your skills and competency as required by the Company.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Basic understanding of waste recycling operations, health and safety, plant and vehicles.
  • Aware of the legal requirements relating to waste operations. (Training can be given)
  • Understanding of basic logistics in order to optimise the operations.
  • Ability to work as a leader and team member.
  • First Aid at Work Certificate, or willing to go on a first aid course.
  • Health & Safety qualifications (NEBOSH, IOSH, etc), or willing to work towards a qualification.

How to apply

If you know of anyone who might be a good fit for the role please send CV’s to

What is Inert Waste?

Commercial Recycling are operators of large waste disposal facilities which are ideally suited to many sectors, including the construction industry. As such, we typically accept and process over 250,000 tonnes of inert waste each year!

But what actually is inert waste? Read on for the answer, plus more useful information regarding inert waste recycling.

What is inert waste?

Inert wastes are types of waste that are unreactive (biologically and chemically). This means that when inert waste is disposed of, it either takes an extremely long time to decompose or doesn’t decompose at all.

What are some examples of inert waste?

Inert wastes are typically produced during construction activities. The most common types include:

  • Concrete
  • Rubble
  • Sands
  • Clay
  • Soil
  • Chalk

Do you have waste materials that you’re unsure are inert? Call our helpful team on 01202 331560.

Is inert waste dangerous?

This type of waste does not pose a threat to the environment, animals or human health and will not affect the quality of water sources it may be in contact with.

The main issue inert waste poses to individuals and businesses is what to do with. Because it does not decompose (or takes many years to do so), it can become problematic as it takes up a lot of space.

Can inert waste be recycled?

Yes, inert waste can be recycled. At Commercial Recycling, we actually recycle over 90% of the inert waste that is tipped with us.

One of the primary ways that we do this is by recycling the materials back into quality construction aggregates. For example, we produce recycled 6F5 Crushed Concrete for trench fills and Type 1 Recycled for road and path construction.

Where can you dispose of inert waste?

Currently, we have a site in Dorset and another in Somerset, which are able to accept inert waste.

Our inert waste disposal facilities are:

Pro Tip – Save time by picking up aggregates from us when you’re already onsite tipping inert waste at Canford Recycling Centre.

Transporting inert materials to our sites

All of our sites benefit from easy access, hard-surfaces, automated weighbridges and wide turning spaces making them ideal for various vehicle types including vans, cars with trailers, tipper trucks and grab lorries.

If you or your contractor cannot travel to one of our sites, then through our friends at Avon Material Supplies we can arrange for tipper trucks or grab lorries to collect the inert waste from your site.

Contact Commercial Recycling today

If you have any queries about disposing of inert waste with Commercial Recycling, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01202 331560.

Recycling Solutions for the Construction Industry

Commercial Recycling is a privately owned business that provides affordable waste disposal facilities and services to construction businesses across Dorset and Somerset.

Our aim is to help construction businesses, including main contractors, sub contractors and tradespeople to benefit from convenient waste disposal solutions that save money and ensure high levels of their waste is recycled and not sent to landfill.

We accept and process over 6000 tonnes of construction waste per year. With over 90% of all construction waste received being recycled.

For waste disposal prices, please visit our prices page.

Read on to learn why Commercial Recycling and the facilities it operates should be your go-to for construction waste disposal.

Specialist inert waste disposal

Inert wastes are undoubtedly one of the most common types of waste found within the construction industry. At Commercial Recycling we offer highly affordable disposal for common inert wastes such as:

  • Concrete
  • Hardcore
  • Rubble
  • Broken bricks
  • Soil

If you can’t, or simply don’t have the time to bring your inert waste to us, we highly recommend the inert skip hire, grab lorry and tipper truck hire services provided by our friends at Avon Material Supplies.

Did you know – Wherever possible, we recycle the inert waste tipped with us back into materials that are used in the construction industry. For example, we produce 6F5 Crushed Concrete for trench fills and Type 1 Recycled for road and path construction!

Hassle-free, speedy tipping

Both of our recycling centres offer:

  • Smooth surfacing throughout (our Wimborne Recycling Centre has just been reconcreted)
  • Wide turning spaces
  • Automated weighbridges
  • Clear signage
  • Convenient opening hours Monday to Friday (Somerset) and Monday to Saturday (Dorset)

Because of this, our sites are suitable for all vehicle types including vans, lorries, pickups, and cars with trailers that may be used to bring waste to us for disposal.

Our automated weighbridges are manned by experienced, helpful operators. This means that the process of weighing in is quick and easy so you can be on your way home or back on site in no time.

Wide range of other waste types accepted

We also accept a variety of other commonly produced waste by-products of construction projects. These include:

Can’t see the waste type you’re looking for? It’s highly likely that we are able to accept any waste types that you produce, so please feel free to give us a call on 01202 331560 to check. You can also view our full waste disposal price list for more information.

Hazardous waste specialists

There will undoubtedly be times when you’re working on a site and will come across some expected or unexpected hazardous waste. As you will know, due to its risks to health and the environment, all hazardous waste MUST be disposed of legally at a fully licenced facility, such as Commercial Recycling.

We have a dedicated in-house hazardous waste team who are onhand to provide advice and assist with permits.

Common types of hazardous waste that our construction clients trust us with the disposal of include:

Did you know – In certain cases, our hazardous waste experts can conduct site visits to assess your hazardous waste in situ.

Learn more about hazardous waste disposal with Commercial Recycling.

Please notehazardous waste disposals must be pre-booked by calling us on 01202 331560. This ensures that we are ready to safely dispose of the waste, and that we can prepare your paperwork in advance.

Trade accounts

If your industry sees you regularly producing waste that is your responsibility to dispose of, why not enquire about our trade accounts? These net monthly credit accounts offer great rates for customers that tip with us often.

To apply today, call 01202 331560 or email

Did you know – If you set up a credit account with us, we can set you up with an Avon Material Supplies account at the same time! This makes it even easier to dispose of waste, buy aggregates, order skips etc.

Alternatively, we accept cash and card payments onsite too.

Pick up aggregates while you visit

We’re not just a waste disposal site. Conveniently, you can also collect a range of recycled and primary construction aggregates at our inert facility which is also located on the same site as our Wimborne Recycling Centre. Some of the most popular construction aggregates we supply include:

  • Recycled topsoil alternative
  • Sharp sand / grit
  • Building sand
  • Type 1 limestone
  • Type 1 recycled
  • 6F5 crushed concrete

You can pick up these aggregates (and more) in bulk bags or loose loads by the tonne whilst you’re onsite. Just give us a call beforehand so that we can ensure the aggregates are ready for you when you arrive.

Learn more or contact Commercial Recycling

If you would like to learn more about any of the waste types we can help with, please feel free to browse our website, call us on 01202 331560, or email

We pride ourselves in offering comprehensive, affordable construction waste disposal services, so hope to see you soon!

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our LinkedIn or Facebook for important service updates.


10 facts about commercial recycling

At CRL, we work hard to support national recycling efforts by helping businesses achieve cost effective, long-term recycling solutions. Although Dorset’s recycling rates are among the top 10 in the country, there is still lots for us to learn and improve on. As such, we wanted to let you know 10 surprising facts about recycling, and how our recycling centres can help.

  1. Around 80% of items sent to landfill could have been recycled

Yes you read that right, only 20% of the items in landfill should be there.

At Commercial Recycling, we aim to divert as much of the waste we receive from landfill as possible. In fact, in 2020 we successfully diverted over 90% of waste from landfill.

This means that if your business tips with us, you can feel proud to be doing your bit to reduce the 80% of waste that unnecessarily ends up in landfill.

2. About 70% of the waste that is created by commercial offices consists of mixed paper products

So when you’re next thinking about printing a document off, just take a second to think whether you really need to. If it’s necessary to have a paper copy, make sure you recycle it afterwards.

Don’t forget – this also includes card products. Cardboard waste is almost impossible to avoid nowadays, with the rising propensity to order online leading to excess packaging inevitably going to waste.

As business owners, you can facilitate paper and card recycling by providing waste paper bins around the office that then get emptied into your larger recycling bin for tipping with us at Commercial Recycling. We offer great mixed dry waste recycling rates.

3. It wasn’t until 2012 that the stricter commercial recycling legislations that we are now used to came into place.

It seems hard to believe that it was less than 10 years ago that the Controlled Waste Regulations that businesses must now operate by came into effect. These regulations ensure that business operators must:

  • Use a registered waste disposal facility / waste carrier
  • Where reasonable do their bit to prevent, reuse or recycle waste
  • Complete waste transfer notes
  • Follow strict, separate hazardous waste disposal legislation

If you would like to learn more about your responsibilities as a business operator, visit or feel free to call us on 01202 331560. We want to make the process of commercial recycling as easy as possible so would be happy to help.

4. Recycling = Energy

Did you know that recycling a single can provides enough energy to power a TV for 3 whole hours?! Of course, waste that ends up in landfill offers no such benefits.

At Commercial Recycling we regularly invest in new technologies to help waste recovery, one such being ‘EfW’ (or ‘Energy from Waste’). This means that a proportion of the waste we recycle is used to create power for the National Grid, providing energy for our local homes and businesses.

5. Construction, demolition and excavation activities generate 61% of the UK’s waste.

This may be surprising to some, however at Commercial Recycling a large portion of our client-base is from the construction industry. As such, we offer a wide range of disposal services suitable for this type of waste.

As part of our Zero Waste To Landfill initiative, where possible we also recycle construction waste back into materials used in the very same industry. For example, we create Recycled Type 1 aggregates that are used for road and pathway construction.

6. The first bottle bank was opened in 1977

Recycling glass is second nature to most people nowadays, but it wasn’t until the late 70s that bottle banks were introduced. This is shocking, as it takes A MILLION YEARS for a glass bottle to naturally decompose.

Don’t forget, for commercial glass waste such as uPVC windows, we offer a low-cost window waste disposal service.

7. Employees of small businesses say recycling boosts company culture

Recycling being a part of work culture has been reported to boost staff morale, making them feel as though they’re a part of something positive. Especially as most individuals are accustomed to recycling at home, following this through into the workplace is a natural progression that fosters a positive work culture.

8. Most laptops are never recycled

Did you know that laptops and other electronic devices can be recycled? This is known as WEEE (Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment) recycling. Recycling this type of waste can have incredible benefits when it comes to EfW, with statistics showing that 1 million recycled laptops can power 3600 homes!

If your business is refreshing its technology, talk to us today about affordable WEEE recycling. For smaller amounts of WEEE waste we also offer waste disposal boxes. We’ll deliver an empty box to you, fill it with your WEEE, and we’ll collect it when it’s full!

9. It takes just 25 large plastic bottles to make a recycled jacket

If your employees drink bottled water, let that sink in! How many jackets could be made per week? If you want to make sure that the plastic waste your business produces goes towards initiatives like this rather than landfill, take a look at our mixed plastic recycling service.

10. In total, Commercial Recycling recycled 79,581.04 tonnes of waste in 2020

This is all thanks to local businesses using our waste disposal and collection services.

Contact our team for help with recycling

If all this talk of recycling has got you inspired to improve your business’ waste management, we’d be happy to help. Commercial Recycling is a leading waste disposal company covering Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. We have 2 recycling centres, one near Wimborne and one near Shepton Mallet.

With convenient opening hours, we cater for businesses large and small that need to dispose of almost any waste type. To help you even more, we can offer complete waste management solutions. Contact us today to discuss your recycling needs.


The 2021 Guide To Our Wimborne Recycling Centre

Our Wimborne Recycling Centre is an ideal alternative to a Bournemouth tip due its convenient location on Magna Road that is easily accessible from Bournemouth and Poole.

We greet customers from all over Dorset due to the numerous advantages that our purpose-built disposal facilities offer over other local disposal companies.

Below is some more information about our centre, the latest improvements we have been making, as well as the benefits that you can expect on a visit…

Latest news and offers from Wimborne Recycling Centre

Concreting works on the yard
Mid January 2021, we started undertaking a new project to concrete more of our yard to improve the facilities for our customers. To keep an eye on the progress, check out our Facebook page.

Cardboard recycling offer
We are currently running a discount on tipping cardboard waste with us. The special price is just £50.00 per tonne of cardboard (with a minimum charge of ¼ tonne at £15.00 incl VAT).
View our cardboard tipping offer >>.

Large volume discounts
For businesses who regularly tip large volumes of waste, we may be able to offer discounted disposal rates. Get in touch with our sales team to discuss your requirements.
Contact us >>

COVID-19 precautions
While Commercial Recycling remains fully operational, we have put extra precautions in place for the safety of our customers and staff. These include contactless payment, screens at the weighbridges, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the site.

What are the benefits of using our Bournemouth tip alternative?

Many businesses are choosing Commercial Recycling’s Wimborne Recycling Centre as their preferred tipping facility due to the range of benefits it offers, such as:

  • Great location and easy access
  • Suitable for all vehicle types including, cars, vans, lorries etc.
  • Large turning spaces and hard standing surface throughout the site
  • Licensed to accept multiple waste types including hazardous waste disposals
  • Low minimum weight tipping charges
  • Automated weighbridges
  • Friendly, helpful staff on-hand
  • On site sale and collection of primary and recycled Dorset aggregates (bagged and loose)
  • Competitive pricing
  • Contactless payment and other measures for COVID-19 safe operation
  • Credit accounts available

Where to find our Wimborne tip?

Our Wimborne tip is in a great location just a short drive from Bournemouth, Poole and Wimborne town centres. It is located off of Magna Road, near Bearcross, and offers easy access for all types of vehicles.

Find the full address and a map on our Wimborne tip page.

What waste types do we accept?

At our Wimborne tip, we are licenced to accept numerous waste types for disposal including the following:

These are just some examples of the types of waste we manage, but please get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to enquire about other waste types.

How do I arrange to tip my waste?

Our Wimborne site is suitably equipped for all customers and vehicles to deliver their waste directly to us. The long opening hours of Mon – Fri 7am-5:30pm and Saturday mornings 7am-12pm contribute to ensuring the site is accessible to all.

If you’re able to transport your waste to us for disposal, you can simply drive straight onto one of our automated weighbridges. There is no need to pre-book to tip with us unless you wish to dispose of hazardous waste. This must be pre-booked by contacting us.

Alternatively we can arrange a waste collection service as ‘one off’ or regular collection options by calling our team on 01202 331560.

Contact our team

You can contact our team for help with tipping a wide variety of waste types, or to arrange a waste collection directly from your premises. We’d also be happy to help you plan your waste management for 2021.

Waste Types You May Not Know We Can Accept

Whether you’re currently using Commercial Recycling for waste disposal already, or you’re completely new to our recycling centres, chances are we can help you to dispose of a lot more waste types that you might think!

Commercial Recycling are experts in providing its clients with a complete range of waste disposal solutions, including zero waste to landfill services, WEEE disposal and hazardous waste processing.

The most common waste streams disposed of at our waste management facilities in Dorset and Somerset are:

Although the aforementioned forms of waste do make up the majority of wastes we receive, there are plenty of other types of waste we can help with. Read on to learn more about some of the less common wastes we process, which we are often asked whether we are able to accept.

Disposal of gas bottles

Due to the potentially dangerous nature of the substance held inside, the disposal of gas bottles must be carried out by a qualified party. At Commercial Recycling, we have the appropriate infrastructure, licenses and certified staff to be able to accept waste gas bottles and cylinders for recycling. Gas containers we frequently receive include fire extinguishers, BBQ gas bottles, camping gas bottles and patio heater cylinders.

As gas bottles are considered hazardous, please call us on 01202 331560 in order to pre-arrange a disposal time slot. This will ensure that we will have all of the required documents ready for you, making your disposal as convenient as possible.

Paint can disposal

Did you know that paint is also classed as a hazardous waste? Therefore, to ensure the waste paint is disposed of in a compliant manner and the appropriate paperwork can be provided to the business, contractor or tradesperson, it must be segregated and processed at a licensed facility such as our Canford Recycling Centre.

Whether you’re using paint regularly as a contractor, decorator, or simply have a can or two that require disposing of, we can help. To keep things simple, our paint disposal rates are charged per tin. For larger quantities we may be able to provide a bulk disposal rate. To enquire, please call 01202 331560 opt. 3.

Aerosol can and solvent disposal

Most aerosol cans, if they still contain some substance, are treated as hazardous waste. Our Wimborne Recycling Centre is fully licensed to accept hazardous waste streams including partially full aerosol cans.

Similarly, solvents and resins are also considered hazardous, and can be found in many commonly used items such as cleaning products, varnish, adhesives and ink.

As mentioned above, you’ll need to book disposal for any hazardous wastes in advance. Give our team of hazardous waste experts a call on 01202 331560 to discuss your aerosol disposal requirements.

Commercial WEEE waste disposal (waste electrical and electronic equipment)

Examples of WEEE waste we can accept include (but are not limited to) computers, white goods, TVs, monitors, printers and car batteries. Whatever type of WEEE items you have, they must be disposed of in an appropriate manner by abiding to the regulations emphasized in the WEEE Directive. Anyone using alternative disposal methods are liable to prosecution and will be fined.

Our Commercial Recycling sites are licensed to accept waste electrical equipment from both individuals and businesses. Also, we can collect WEEE items through our man and van waste collection service.

Tyre disposal

We accept tyres on or off the rim, and charge a competitive ‘per tyre’ or ‘per tonne’ disposal rate. This is particularly popular with local garages who may have bulk loads of car, van or motorcycle tyres to dispose of.

Simply bring your scrap tyres to our recycling centre (there’s no need to pre-book), or we can arrange a tyre collection.

Asbestos disposal Bournemouth

We all know that asbestos is dangerous, but did you know that asbestos waste containing more than just 0.1% asbestos is classified as hazardous so must therefore be disposed of in a safe, compliant way?

Our Canford Recycling Centre is fully licenced to accept and properly dispose of asbestos waste. If you’d like some guidance on asbestos waste disposal, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01202 331560. We can also supply you with the appropriate PPE and containers required for safe asbestos removal.

Commercial Recycling can also help with all the legalities and compliance that comes with handling hazardous waste from registering your premises with the Environment Agency to completing the relevant paperwork to ensure your waste is handled in the correct way.

These are just some examples of the other types of waste we manage, but please get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to enquire about other waste types.

How do I arrange a waste disposal delivery or collection?

All of the waste types mentioned above, and more, can be disposed of either by tipping them at one of our sites or by arranging a collection service. Our collection service can be on a ‘one-off’ basis or as part of a scheduled waste management service.

Trusted and used by hundreds of businesses from both the private and public sector, our Commercial Recycling staff are trained, insured and certified to collect and handle a wide range of different waste types.

To arrange to dispose of your waste at one of our tipping sites or to book a collection service, please contact our friendly team on 01202 331560 or or email us on


The Fire Service were in attendance on Christmas Day as a precautionary measure.

The Fire Service attended Canford Recycling Centre on Christmas morning and revisited the site again in the evening. The visits were a precautionary measure in response to a request from our on-site security team. On both occasions, members of our management team were also in attendance and no fire was detected.

As previously published, Canford Recycling Centre will reopen to provide waste disposal and recycling services to trade businesses on Tuesday 29th December at 8 am.

If you require any further information, please contact our team on 01202 331560 or

The Truth About Christmas & New Year Waste

While we may all be more aware of the effect that our waste has on the environment, it doesn’t stop thousands of tonnes of waste being produced (and often improperly disposed of) over the festive season.

So whilst it probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that the Christmas and New Year period produces more waste than any other time of year, it might amaze you to learn just how much!

How much waste is produced at Christmas?

According to High Speed Training, an extra 30% of waste is produced at Christmas in Britain, compared to the rest of the year. That may not sound too bad, but it adds up to a whopping 3 million tonnes of waste – plenty of which ends up in landfill!

To put this in perspective, a single tonne that ends up in landfill costs taxpayers £94.00. If even half of the extra waste produced at Christmas in 2020 ended up in landfill, that’s £141mil!

What’s worse; a study found that 60% of Brits don’t feel bad about the extra waste that they produce over Christmas. With only 10% of Brits encouraging their families to be a bit more environmentally-conscious during this time. With this in mind, it appears we still have a long way to go before this situation is improved.

Plastic waste at Christmas

Plastic is one of the most problematic types of Christmas waste produced, due to the fact that not all plastic is easily recycled.

The main cause of plastic waste at Christmas is packaging. This includes the packaging of toys, bubble wrap used to ensure the safe delivery of gifts, food packaging and many more examples.

In fact, it’s estimated that each British household throws away 3.5 black bags worth of packaging from toys and gifts over Christmas!

Other reasons excess plastic waste is created as a result of Christmas include:

  • 14% of people with fake Christmas trees bin them at the end of the year.
  • Around 40 million rolls of sellotape are used each Christmas.
  • 3000 tonnes of plastic waste is from turkey packaging alone!

Whilst Christmas is a great excuse to spoil our friends and family with gifts, and to overindulge in food and drink, why not put a little extra thought to the plastic waste that you’re producing in 2021?

If you’ve found yourself with large volumes of plastic waste that you’d like to recycle, we offer low-cost mixed plastic disposal at our local recycling centres.

Card and paper waste at Christmas

This one shouldn’t come as a surprise – as a nation we produce an astounding amount of card and paper waste over the festive season.

In total, we bin approximately 108 million rolls of wrapping paper (that’s 227,000 miles worth!), and 1 billion Christmas cards. Don’t forget about all of the cardboard boxes that Christmas food and gifts come in too!

The good news is that 98% of paper and cardboard waste is recyclable. As a recycling centre with purpose-built facilities and specialist processes, we are able to provide very low cost disposals for paper and card. To learn more and see our current rates, please visit our ‘Tipping Prices’ page. To help out, we’re currently running a special offer on cardboard recycling.

Top tip for 2021 – Wrapping paper and cards that have glitter on them are not accepted by most recyclers. In fact, many UK councils will now deem a whole bin’s worth of waste ‘contaminated’ if it contains glitter! Next year, why not skip the glitter to avoid this.

Other commonly produced Christmas waste types


It’s not all just paper and plastic – each Christmas we also throw away approximately 500 tonnes of fairy lights. Also, new toys, decorations and lights all demand batteries, 189 million in fact!

WEEE waste can’t always be disposed of with normal waste, but can be recycled at specialist facilities such as Canford Recycling Centre. Learn more about WEEE recycling.


There’s not many households and businesses that don’t put up a Christmas tree come 1st December, with 8 million of us opting for real ones over plastic. That’s a lot of trees that then get binned once the festivities are over!

Many councils offer specific Christmas tree collections, or there’s the option to get a green household bin and chop the tree up to fit inside. If these options don’t work for you, or perhaps you have multiple trees at your place of work, you can bring your tree(s) to us at Commercial Recycling for low cost green waste disposal.

Let us help with your Christmas & New Year waste

If you run a business that could use a little extra help disposing of its Christmas or New Year waste, we operate fully licenced recycling centres in Dorset and Somerset that are here to help.

You can contact us for help with tipping a wide variety of waste types, or to arrange a waste collection directly from your premises. We’d also be happy to help you plan your waste management for 2021.

Weighbridge Operator

We are delighted to be recruiting for the full-time role of Weighbridge Operator. The successful candidate will be based at our Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3BW.

Principle job responsibilities

To operate the commercial weighbridge to control the movement of vehicles entering and leaving site and ensure all materials are deposited accurately in accordance with company and licensing requirements. This is a customer facing role requiring good customer skills and best suited to someone with an outgoing personality.

Job particulars

  • Hours: Monday to Friday 7.00 – 5.30pm, Alternate Saturdays 7.00 – 12.00noon. Average 52.5 hours per week
  • Pay Rate: £9.00 per hour
  • Reporting to: Operations Manager

Key responsibilities 

  • To ensue efficient daily processing of information and data onto the company’s respective software systems.
  • To provide sufficient support, including information about licensing requirements to customers, regulators and colleagues.
  • Regular cleaning of the weighbridge and the office.
  • Checking of all loads to ensure compliance with site licence against EWC Codes.
  • Possible requirement to either hold, or be working towards, a First Aid qualification.
  • Ensure that the policies of the company are adhered to at all times.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Ideally, prior knowledge and experience of the recycling industry but not essential as full training can be provided.
  • Experience in operating weighbridge systems.
  • Knowledge of site licensing requirements/EWC Codes.
  • This is a customer facing role requiring good customer skills best suited to someone with an outgoing personality.
  • Enthusiastic and committed person capable of working with others. A good team player.
  • Capable of operating the company’s IT systems including MS Office (word processing), MS Outlook (Emails), Excel and InfoTech BridgeMont Plus weighbridge system.
  • Assertiveness and ability to stand by a decision when a load does not meet requirements.

How to apply

If you would like further information, or would like to apply, please email