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How to recycle your commercial waste in the New Year

Depending on your industry, Christmas may be one of your busiest times of the year. If that’s the case for you, the seasonal uplift in business is likely to come with an unavoidable increase in waste being generated.

Now that the Christmas dust has settled, and the new year is here, it might be time to think about how best to legally dispose of your commercial waste.

This article will guide you through how to prepare your Christmas waste for disposal at our local recycling centres in Dorset and Somerset as well as facts about how much waste is accumulated over the Christmas period.

Disposing of your commercial waste

It is your duty as a business to ensure your commercial waste is disposed of in a safe and legal manner. So, if you have excess waste from the festive period and you now require a low-cost, fully licensed tipping facility, read on to learn about our Evercreech and Wimborne recycling centres.

Our Wimborne and Somerset recycling centres are the perfect option for the disposal of all types of commercial waste. Each site benefits from low minimum weight charges, automated weighbridges, concreted surfaces throughout and safe turning places.

We accept most waste streams including;

Do you need your waste collected? We offer a low-cost reliable man and van services and can also arrange skip, roro and grab truck hire. For prices and information, please call 01202 331560 opt. 3.

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Top tips on how you can be more green with your Christmas waste

Even if it’s your old Christmas decorations or cards that you’re looking to get rid of, we have outlined some expert tips to help you dispose of your commercial Christmas waste.

Christmas cards

It always seems a bit sad to put your Christmas cards in the bin when you come back to work, as chances are, someone would have taken the time to choose, write and send the card to your business.

If you don’t have time to be arty with your old cards, it’s always best to recycle them instead of putting them straight into the bin. However, please remember to remove all embellishments and glitter, and any batteries from musical cards as these cannot be recycled.

Wrapping paper

If you’re lucky enough to receive Christmas presents from your clients, or you choose to do an office secret Santa, you might end up with rubbish bins full of wrapping paper.

It’s important to note that not all wrapping paper can be recycled. Like Christmas cards, check for things like laminated surfaces, glitter or embellishments as these cannot be easily recycled. Also, remember to remove sticky tape and plastic bows before taking it to your local recycling centre.

Christmas trees

If your commercial space opted for a real Christmas tree instead of an artificial one, you might be looking for a suitable way to dispose of it.

Christmas trees that are sent to landfill take years to decompose, which some experts believe to leave damaging effects to the environment. Instead of sending it to landfill, allow it to be composted by taking it to our Wimborne recycling centre, where they recovered and recycled. 

Did you know? Facts about Christmas waste:

Waste disposal company Enviro Waste has reported the following facts about general UK Christmas waste:

  • It has been estimated that the Royal Mail delivers around 150 million cards during the pre-Christmas period, with at least one billion cards ending up in the bin after December 25th.
  • 277,000 miles of Christmas wrapping paper is used to wrap presents which is roughly enough to stretch to the moon!
  • 125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging from gift sets and children’s toys will be thrown out, rather than recycled.
  • 6,000,000 trees are thrown out after Christmas, creating more than 9,000 tonnes of additional waste.
  • 6,711 tonnes of fresh turkey and 12,472 tonnes of frozen turkey are cooked each Christmas which amounts to around 4,200 tonnes of aluminium foil being thrown away every Christmas.
  • 13,350 tonnes of glass is thrown out in the UK after Christmas.

Visit our Evercreech and Wimborne Recycling Centres

Our Wimborne and Somerset recycling centres are suitably equipped for all customers and vehicles; tradesmen in vans and skip lorries, businesses or individuals in cars. Our site is fully licenced which means you can trust us to look after your waste, and provide you with the appropriate documentation.

If you’re looking to dispose of your commercial waste after Christmas, our team of friendly advisors will be able to help you book in your disposal slots. From Christmas trees to glass disposals, we can help ensure your waste is disposed of legally, safely and for competitive prices.

Contact our team here:

Wimborne phone: 01202 331560 opt.3
Evercreech phone: 01749 830889

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Guide to asbestos disposal near me

If you’re searching for asbestos disposal near me, Commercial Recycling near Bournemouth in Dorset might be the solution you’re looking for.

This article guides you through the process of disposing of asbestos, as well as introducing the processes and legislation that governs how hazardous wastes are managed at our local recycling centres.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a material made from six naturally occurring minerals, which are composed of many microscopic ‘fibrils’.

Up until 1999, when the use of the material was banned due to its proven link to serious illnesses including asbestosis and cancer, asbestos was widely used in construction because of its insulation properties and resistance to heat.

Asbestos is classified as a hazardous waste and therefore requires specialist treatment. This means businesses and individuals are extremely limited when it comes to disposing of their asbestos waste legally.

Common uses of asbestos

Asbestos has been used in various ways, but is commonly found in items that include;

  • Roofs
  • Ceilings
  • Floor tiles
  • Gutters and pipes

If you’re unsure whether we accept your type of asbestos disposal, please give our hazardous waste team a call on 01202 331560 who will be able to further advise you.

For further information, please see this leaflet on places where asbestos could be hiding >>


Due to the hazardous nature of asbestos, it must be specially managed to prevent people from contracting illnesses in the future. If you are responsible for the maintenance and repair of non-domestic premises, you have a legal duty to manage any risks associated with asbestos.

The UK Government’s website states the full legislation that must be met when disposing of hazardous waste commercially and should be referred to if you’re unsure.

Read more information here >>

Asbestos Waste

Asbestos waste occurs when building materials and equipment are exposed to dangerous asbestos minerals. As it cannot be decontaminated, the waste will be categorised as ‘hazardous’ if it came into contact with the minerals.

According to the 2012 control of asbestos regulations, if your waste contains more than just 0.1% of asbestos then it should be disposed of appropriately and according to the Government’s legislation. This means that it’s highly likely that any asbestos waste you come into contact with will be hazardous.

Disposing of your asbestos waste at Canford Recycling Centre

If you know you have waste materials containing over 0.1% of asbestos, you’ll need to ensure they are disposed of in a correctly licensed waste facility. Our Dorset site, Canford Recycling Centre, is one of only a few facilities in the local area that offer businesses and contractors a convenient and affordable location where they can easily dispose of their hazardous waste.

For the full list of accepted waste streams, including hazardous items, please click here >>

Our recycling centre is open Monday – Friday 07:00 – 17:30 and Saturday mornings between 07:00 – 12:00. Find our site at; Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3BW

For 2019 Christmas opening hours, please see here >>

How do I prepare for my asbestos disposal?

To dispose of asbestos waste at Canford Recycling Centre, you must first pre-book your disposal slot with our team. This is an essential step because it ensures your waste will be accepted and all the appropriate paperwork is prepared prior to you arriving on site.

Before transporting your asbestos waste to our facility, it first must be double wrapped in a 1000 gauge plastic. If you are not sure what this means or where to source a suitable material to wrap the waste, please contact us on 01202 331560.

Please note – asbestos disposal waste 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.

For further advice, please call one of our friendly experts on 01202 331560 who will be able to help you pre-book your disposal slot, as well as provide any further guidance you may require.

How much does it cost to dispose of asbestos?

To keep costs down for businesses, our minimum weight charge is just 250kg. For current tipping rates prices please visit our prices webpage. Alternatively, for an individual quotation or for the full details of the waste disposal process, please phone our team on 01202 331560.

Collection services

To help tradespeople and businesses who are unable to transport their asbestos waste, we are able to arrange for a specialist waste container or man & van service.

The asbestos skips and roros (rollonoff) we offer are transported by our partner, Avon Material Supplies. Containers available to hire include;

  • 8 yard enclosed asbestos skips
  • 12 yard enclosed skips
  • 35 yard enclosed roro

Contact Commercial Recycling

This guide has outlined the basics of disposing of asbestos at our Canford Recycling Centre. If you have any questions or would like a competitive quote, please get in contact with a member of our team;

Phone: 01202 331560 opt.3
Email: or for hazardous requirements

Other disposal guides we’ve covered include;

A guide to legal paint disposal

Paint is often used in commercial businesses, whether that’s to update their own premises, or as part of the services they provide to clients such as property maintenance or car repairs.

Although attempts are often made to only purchase the exact amount of paint required for the task being completed, in many cases it is impossible to not be left with some excess paint. In these situations, if the redundant paint can not be reused it must be disposed of.

Since leftover paint can be hazardous, you are obliged to safely dispose of it in a legal manner. If you are unsure how to do this, please seek guidance from a professional waste disposal company, like Commercial Recycling.

Why is paint classified as hazardous waste?

Waste paint is considered hazardous as it contains materials that can leak into the ground, cause physical injury, or contaminate other materials. Most commercial paints fall into one of two categories: water-based or oil-based.

  • Water-based formulas are often referred to as latex, vinyl, or acrylic.
  • Oil-based formulas are normally referred to as alkyd, polyurethane, or varnish.

At Commercial Recycling, we regard both paint categories as hazardous waste because of the following;

  • Oil-based paints are hazardous as they contain heavy metals and are flammable, making them dangerous if not recycled correctly.
  • Water-based paints may contain mercury, which is also extremely hazardous.

For more information on the legislation that governs the disposal of hazardous wastes, please visit the UK Government’s website here:

Alternatively, get in touch with one of our knowledgeable Hazardous Waste Co-ordinators on 01202 331560 or email

How to prepare your paint for disposal

1. If possible, try to pass your waste paint onto someone who can use it. As with almost all waste items, it’s always best to try and reuse the item as opposed to taking on the hassle and costs of disposing of the waste(s) you’re dealing with.

Could a neighbouring business make use of it? Or why not try listing it on the free section of Gumtree or a similar site.

2. If there’s no one who wants to reuse the paint, dry the paint out before you dispose of it. Paint is more hazardous when wet so it’s always best to dry it out either in the sun, under a heater or using a specific paint hardener before disposal.
3. Book your hazardous waste disposal with Commercial Recycling. After we have safely disposed of your paint and/or paint cans, we will provide you with the appropriate paperwork for your records, and if required a hazardous waste consignment note.

Please remember that paint cannot be placed in your household waste bin and must not be poured down the drain where it can cause damage and blockages.

Disposing of your waste paint cans

To ensure partially-full waste paint cans are disposed of in a compliant manner, they must first be segregated from general waste and processed at a licensed facility such as Canford Recycling Centre.

At Canford Recycling Centre paint disposal couldn’t be easier if you follow the steps below:

  • Contact our friendly waste disposal team to book a convenient tipping slot
  • Drive onto the inward weighbridge at our Canford Recycling Centre
  • Inform the weighbridge operator of the number of waste paint cans you will be disposing of
  • The operator will direct you to the specialist tipping point where you can unload your paint cans. You will only be charged for each can you dispose of
  • After your disposal, you will receive the required paperwork to prove that the waste has been disposed of legally and safely

What happens to the waste paint and paint cans once they have been disposed of?

The large majority of waste paint is recycled back into new paint, especially the water-based types. All the waste, metal paint tins are washed out and recycled at our site, and the majority of the clean plastic paint tins will also go for recycling.

The paint that can’t be reused or recycled gets transported to a specialist waste disposal site where it will undertake a high-temperatured hazardous waste incineration, along with its container. The common paints that aren’t recycled back into new paint are corrosive or flammable, which tends to be the oil-based paints. 

How much does paint disposal cost?

At Commercial Recycling, we can dispose of your paint, paint in cans, or empty paint cans. This is charged on a per can basis, or if you only require the actual paint to be disposed of, this will be charged using a per litre rate.

If you require larger quantities of paint to be disposed of, we can provide disposal rates for filled 205L drums and 1000L IBC containers.

For paint disposal prices and options please refer to our tipping price list.

Contact Commercial Recycling for your paint disposal

If you would like more information on paint disposals or would like to arrange a disposal with Commercial Recycling, you can give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us at

Due to the hazardous nature of paint, we prefer you to pre-book a disposal slot, ideally 24-hours before visiting one of our convenient recycling centres. Check out our waste disposal prices.

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Glass recycling near me – A guide to commercial glass disposal

If your business provides window fitting or services around the manufacturing of plate glass windows, you will undoubtedly have a requirement for a reliable and affordable glass waste disposal service.

When choosing the appropriate waste glass disposal or recycling service, it’s important to consider certain factors, such as:

  • The legislation that governs the disposal of glass waste
  • Is there a local glass disposal facility near you?
  • Does the glass tipping site recycle the waste glass?
  • Does the plate glass element need to be removed from the frame of the window prior to disposal?
  • How much will it cost to tip the glass? Are window frames chargeable?

Read on to learn more about the process of plate glass disposal, as well as how Commercial Recycling can help you recycle your glass waste.

Why does glass need to be recycled?

Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Glass seems to be one of the most common items that can be recycled, particularly in households, but it is almost never recycled into new glass products. Instead, it is often recycled into raw materials like sand and gravel.

The process of recycling glass hugely reduces CO2 emissions and energy use. In fact, British Glass claims that every tonne of glass that is re-melted saves up to 246kg of CO2 emissions and accounts for up to 95% of raw materials.

At Commercial Recycling we provide many businesses with a reliable, low-cost glass waste disposal solution. Types of businesses who trust Commercial Recycling include;

  • Window/glass manufactures
  • Mirror/glass/glazing companies
  • Window companies/fitters
  • Conservatory companies/fitter
  • Double glazed window companies]
  • Home improvement companies
  • ‘Handy man’ type companies
  • Property maintenance companies

Do you need commercial glass disposal? If so, contact our friendly team on 01202 331560 for more information.

Current legislation around plate glass disposal

As stated on the UK’s Government website, when carrying out commercial glass disposal, you must consider the following;

  • Businesses must try to reuse, recycle and recover waste to try and keep commercial waste to a minimum.
  • Any waste must be sorted and stored securely until it is time for disposal.
  • Whenever waste is disposed of, a waste transfer note must be given by the waste carrier. This must be done for each load of waste that leaves your premises and it is the responsibility of the business (waste provider) to ensure this happens.
  • Ensure that your waste carrier is legally registered to dispose of waste and is tipping your waste at a correctly licensed facility. If your waste carrier disposes of your waste illegally, you must report them.
  • You have extra responsibilities if you’re dealing with hazardous waste, such as when a glass frame has been coated in a hazardous substance (i.e. adhesive or paint.) In this scenario, the disposal of the hazardous waste would need to be arrange separately by contacting our sales team on 01202 331560 or

Please note: in general, the large majority of plate glass is not classified as a hazardous waste. To learn more about hazardous waste, please click here.

Where can you go for plate glass disposal

If you are unable to reuse the redundant glass product and require a local disposal, please contact Commercial Recycling and we’d be more than happy to help you.

Our local recycling centres are located in Wimborne, Dorset and Evercreech, Somerset.

Canford Recycling Centre
Arena Way
BH21 3BW
01202 331560

Southwood Waste Recycling Centre
Shepton Mallet
01202 331560

The process of recycling glass at our Recycling Centres

  1. First, you’ll want to take your glass to one of our recycling sites. Each site has great access, wide roadways and hard surfaces throughout so can be accessed using either a car, car and trailer, van or lorry.

If you are unable to transport the waste glass yourself, we can arrange for the appropriately sized vehicle or container to be provided to collect the waste for you. Phone 01202 331560 for more information.

2. When your waste glass comes to any of our sites, it will be sorted into the appropriate, separate waste types. For example, we do not ask our window waste tipping clients to remove the glass from the UPVC items they are tipping, as this creates a safer, more user-friendly service.

3. Once the waste is segregated, it is bulk stored onsite in preparation for transportation to one of our specialist partners where it is recycled. Common products created from the waste glass this is successfully recovered and diverted from landfill include; windows, bottles, mirror glass, automotive glass, or it is often recycled back into sand for use as aggregates and water purification. 

Contact Commercial Recycling

If you have plate glass that requires disposal, speak to our friendly team at Canford Recycling Centre. With years of experience dealing with safe, legal waste disposals, we’d be more than happy to help you complete yours.

To learn more, book your disposal, or arrange a collection, please contact our team on 01202 331560 or

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A simple guide to tyre disposal

If you work in a commercial industry, such as a mechanic in a car garage, your business may have an abundance of damaged, redundant tyres that need disposing of.

If this is the case, you may be wondering how to dispose of your those tyres legally and safely, as well as what happens to them afterwards. This article covers all of this, plus some helpful tips and advice to guide you through your tyre disposal.

Why do I need to tyre disposal?

Whole tyres were banned from landfill sites around 2002, but end-of-life tyres were only forbidden from UK landfills as a result of the 2006 EU Landfill Directive. Since this initiative came into place, the UK has progressed to the point where nearly 100% of waste tyres are recovered and recycled. – The Guardian

The Government’s aim was to move the UK towards becoming a ‘zero waste economy’ which essentially means reducing, reusing and recycling all valuable resources (wherever possible). This is necessary to conserve resources, save money for businesses and households, and reduce negative environmental impacts.

The tyre disposal and recycling facilities Commercial Recycling offer in Wimborne, Dorset and in Evercreech Somerset are available to businesses and all members of the public.

If you need help with the legislation surrounding tyre disposal, contact us on 01202 331560.

What tyres can be disposed of?

At our local recycling centres, we accept various tyre disposals, including:

  • Car and motorcycle tyres
  • Tractor and trailer tyres
  • Van, truck and lorry tyres

It is also important to note that tyres are not classified as hazardous waste. This means that they don’t need to be accompanied by a consignment note. However, like all other waste types, they do need to be supported by a Waste Transfer Note. This will be organised for you afterwards.

Please note that we can accept tyres that are either on or off the rim. If you’re still unsure whether we would accept your waste tyres, please contact us on 01202 331560.

What is the cost of tyre disposal?

The competitive prices Commercial Recycling charge for tyre disposal are calculated on a price per tyre basis with a different rate for each major size of tyre e.g. car, lorry etc. The fees we charge are also dependent as to whether the tyres requiring disposal are on or off rim.

For businesses with large numbers of tyres to dispose of, we can offer e a ‘price per tonne’ disposal rate.

For current tipping rates, please visit our ‘Prices’ page or contact our team of experts on 01202 331560.

What happens to my tyres after I have disposed of them?

Tyres that are disposed of at our centres are bulk stored and then transported to a specialist company for tyre recycling. As tyres are made of a mix of steel, rubber, oils and other chemicals, they are notorious for being more difficult to recycle.

However, through our partnerships with specialist recyclers, our tyres can be recycled into reusable products. For example, tyre rubber is generally recycled using one of these three methods:

  • Used in refurbishing, e.g. re-treading an old, used tyre
  • Broken down and reconstituted for use in new products
  • Incinerated to produce energy for use in manufacturing

Dispose of your unwanted tyres at Commercial Recycling

If you have unwanted tyres that need disposing of, why don’t you take them to Commercial Recycling? Either visit Canford Recycling Centre near Wimborne, or Somerset Waste Recycling in Southwood. If you would like to arrange your disposal in advance, simply give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us at

Check out our waste disposal prices here >>

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Where do I go for commercial battery recycling near me?

With so many different types of battery used in the workplace, and various legislation governing how to dispose of unwanted batteries, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to local battery disposal.

To help, below we’ve outlined some key pieces of information you’ll need to know regarding battery recycling, along with details on the types of batteries that can be disposed of at our Wimborne recycling facility.

Why do batteries often need specialist disposal?

Batteries are classed as a hazardous waste, and therefore need to follow the appropriate disposal protocols. Although you may wonder how batteries can be grouped in the same category as many other more seemingly harmful wastes, it’s important to know that they can actually become explosive in certain conditions.

Technically, even your standard household batteries (such as AAAs) are considered hazardous. This is because batteries contain dangerous chemicals such as sulphuric acid, potassium hydroxide, or heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. However, as these household batteries are alkaline, they can legally be disposed of alongside your normal household waste.

For all other battery types, it is your duty to dispose of them in a manner compliant with current legislation. One option is to choose battery recycling using a fully licensed facility that is able to safely store and process hazardous wastes, such as Canford Recycling Centre.

Types of batteries we recycle at Commercial Recycling

At our recycling centre in Wimborne, we can accept a variety of battery types for recycling. Even if they are unable to be recycled, we can dispose of them as a hazardous waste in the appropriate, legal manner.

Batteries we accept for recycling include, but are not limited to:

  • Household batteries such as AA, AAA, D etc.
  • Coin / button battery varieties (such as those found in watches and car keys)
  • Plug-in battery packs (such as chargers for laptops, mobiles power tools etc.)
  • Car batteries

If you can’t see the type of battery that you’re looking to recycle above, please give our friendly team a call on 01202 331560. Alternatively, why not take a picture of the battery in question and email it to our team using

How to recycle batteries

As batteries are a hazardous waste, you’ll need to book your disposal in advance. Simply give us a call on 01202 331560, or email, and a member of our team will book you in for your commercial battery recycling.

What are IBC containers and how are they used in hazardous waste management?

Patented in 1933, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) have proven to be a valuable asset in commercial waste management services, as well as being efficient in storing and stacking various materials, like hazardous waste.

The many advantages of using IBC containers has resulted in them often now being used in place of traditional solutions like storage cans and barrels. In this article, we cover the key factors concerning IBC containers, as well as illustrate how Commercial Recycling use them for waste storage and transportation.

What is an IBC?

IBC stands for intermediate bulk containers, which are pallet-mounted, reusable containers most commonly used to store and transport bulk waste.

The three main types of IBC containers in use today can be categorised under rigid, folding and flexible, with the most common being rigid.

Rigid IBC containers are capable of stacking and can be moved by forklift or pallet pump (a tool used to lift and move pallets).

Their size is considered to be ‘intermediate’ as the volume they carry sits between that of a tank and a drum. The most common volumes of IBC containers are1,040 litres and 1,250 litres.

What are IBCs made of?

IBC containers can be made of a variety of materials, depending on factors such as if it will be reused or not, legal requirements and the type of IBC.

For rigid IBCs, the inner containers are often made from plastics such as polyethene, or metals like aluminium or iron. The outer container is usually made from a protective layer of zinc covering either iron or steel.

In contrast, folding IBCs don’t have a rigid outer cage and are made of very durable plastic that allows the container to fold inwards when empty. Flexible IBCs are made from various heavy-duty materials such as woven polypropylene or polyethene.

What is an IBC used for?

Rigid intermediate bulk containers are commonly used to commercially store, transport and stack the following:

  • Hazardous waste materials (this is what Commercial Recycling use IBCs for)
  • Sands and grains
  • Healthcare-related items including solid commodities and bio-waste
  • Raw materials used in industrial production
  • Liquid wastes, including water
  • Chemical products, such as oils, solvents, adhesives or detergents
  • Paints and industrial coatings
  • Liquid, granulated, and powdered food ingredients and syrups
  • Agricultural and greenhouse waste

Commercial Recycling deals with the legalities and compliance that comes with handling all waste types, including hazardous waste. From registering your premises with the Environment Agency, to completing the relevant paperwork, you can rely on Commercial Recycling. Contact them here or phone them on 01202 331560 to arrange your waste disposal.

What are the benefits of an intermediate bulk container?

There are many benefits to using IBC containers for waste removal, with the most commonly cited being;

  • They provide a reliable, safe and consistent way to handle, store or transport commercial materials.
  • IBCs are more effective for storage than round tanks, as they can be stacked on top of each other to save room.
  • Despite being slightly less durable than rigid containers, both folding and flexible IBCs take up even less space once empty.
  • IBCs are easier to load on pallet stacks and forklift trucks due to their regular shape, which ensures that the contents inside stay safe.
  • They can contain a large capacity of waste, which reduces the number of containers required.
  • IBC reconditioning systems enable IBCs to be used numerous times, which benefits the environment and saves company budgets.

Hazardous waste boxes

As well as IBC containers, Commercial Recycling also offers an affordable hazardous waste box that is the perfect solution for businesses needing to dispose of much smaller amounts of hazardous waste. This simple, low-cost service is available to all businesses, tradespeople and individuals in the Bournemouth / BH postcode areas.

Our hazardous waste boxes are just £70.00 +VAT.

Learn more about our hazardous waste boxes here >>

Contact Commercial Recycling for your waste disposal

If you would like more information on our hazardous waste containers or would like to arrange waste disposal with Commercial Recycling, you can give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us at

Check out our waste disposal prices here >>

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How to dispose of engine oil safely and legally

Engine oil is used in vehicles and machines, and due to being derived from petroleum oil, is classed as a hazardous substance. This means if it’s not disposed of correctly, it can have damaging effects on the environment.

In this article, we illustrate an efficient and affordable way for businesses to legally dispose of their waste engine oil. Also outlined is advice and guidelines to follow if you’re thinking of using Commercial Recycling for the disposal of your unwanted engine oil.

Legal considerations when disposing of engine oil

There are a few key pieces of legislation to adhere to when storing or tipping waste oils:

The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001
If your business stores or uses oil, you must comply with the requirements set out by the Government. If you do not follow these regulations, your business can be fined and the Environment Agency can serve an anti-pollution works notice to ensure you meet legal requirements.
Read more here >>

Duty of Care – Waste Duty of Care Regulations 2005
You must make sure hazardous waste produced or handled by your business causes no harm or damage to individuals or the environment. As a business owner, you have responsibilities known as ‘duty of care’. This puts an emphasis on doing whatever you can to reuse, recycle or recover waste. If you are unable to do this, the waste must be disposed of at a licenced waste facility such as Canford Recycling Centre.
Read more here >>

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010
This requires individuals to control certain activities which could harm human health or the environment. In carrying out this responsibility, individuals need to take into account the potential impacts waste disposal can have on conservation sites, and try to be more aware with how they dispose of their waste, to ensure it’s completed in a legal manner.
Read more here >>

How to safely prepare your engine oil for disposal

Alongside following current legislation regarding the disposal of engine oil, there are some important safety procedures your business should take when preparing unwanted engine oil for disposal.

  1. Tempting as it may be to use an easy ‘get rid’ solution, you must not place your oil in normal waste streams/containers, pour the oil on the ground or down a drain. If your business did this, you would be breaking the law, causing pollution, and if caught most likely to be prosecuted and fined.
  2. It should be common sense, but these substances can be extremely harmful to humans, especially when they come in contact with skin. Ensure you always wear gloves when handling your engine oil. This is due to the damaging substances that engine oil contains, like lead, chromium and benzene.
  3. Be sure the oil is cool before you attempt to transfer it, as the container it’s transported in could melt and create an unwanted spillage, which could lead to an accident and injuries.
  4. Do not mix the oil with any other substance as it makes the oil harder to recycle. To avoid this, make sure the container you use is thoroughly cleaned before pouring the waste oil inside.
  5. Ensure that you’re using the right container. It should be made from a strong material, unlike milk bottles that are commonly used, and will need to be sealed for safe transportation. The most common container to store waste oil is a steel drum.

If you’re still unsure how to safely prepare your engine oil, contact Commercial Recycling on 01202 331560 for further advice, or to arrange a collection.

Did you know that used engine oil can be recycled?

Oil doesn’t wear out, it just gets dirty, so can therefore be cleaned, re-refined and used again and again. However, used oils can pollute the environment if they are not recycled properly, especially when it’s leaked into our water sources. This can have devastating impacts on animals, insects, plants and drinking water.

Depending on the local disposal site used, the waste oil will either be bulk stored and transported to a specialist recycling centre for further treatment or it will be cleaned, refined and recycled onsite.

If you are a business looking to dispose of used engine oil, Commercial Recycling will be happy to accept your oil at one of our licenced facilities. Call our expert team on 01202 331560 or contact us here >>

Obtain your hazardous consignment note

As mentioned above, engine oil is classified as hazardous waste due to the harmful substances it contains. This means that when you dispose of engine oil, you will need to obtain a hazardous waste consignment note to prove that the waste has been taken care of correctly.

However, it is important to note that when you are disposing of any hazardous waste, it is the producer of the waste’s responsibility to know where the waste is sent. They must ensure that the correct steps are taken, that those contracted to collect it are operating legally, and that you receive the correct paperwork afterwards.

For help in obtaining a consignment note please contact our hazardous waste specialist on 01202 331560 or

If you are unable to transport your hazardous waste we can collect it for you

For businesses who do not wish to or are unable to transport their engine oil to one of our local recycling centres, we can provide an affordable hazardous waste collection service.

We offer an affordable, flexible engine oil collection service, and although the most common container size for storage of oil is 205L (45 gallons), we can collect waste oil from as little as 20L bins, right up to 2000L containers which are emptied using tanker lorries. At Commercial Recycling, we can supply, exchange and collect these drums of oil for you.

If you choose a waste collection service from Commercial Recycling, our friendly team will arrange a date and time to suit your business and ensure that all the appropriate legal matters are taken care of, including the completion of the hazardous waste consignment note.

Do you need to book an engine oil disposal?

Due to the hazardous nature of engine oil, we prefer you to pre-book a disposal slot, ideally 24-hours before visiting one of our convenient recycling centres.

Our experts will always be happy to help you to successfully navigate the complicated legalities concerning hazardous wastes such as engine oil.

For advice or to book your engine oil disposal, please call our expert team on 01202 331560 or email:

What happens to the engine oil once it has been disposed of?

Recycling oil consumes less energy than refining new oil from the ground. After you have taken your used engine oil to Commercial Recycling, we then transfer it to a specialist licensed facility where it is treated to remove the hazardous substances. It is then recycled back into oil that is suitable for reuse., reducing the negative impact on the environment.

Contact Commercial Recycling for your engine oil disposal

If you would like more information on how to get rid of engine oil or would like to arrange the disposal of your oil with Commercial Recycling, you can give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us at

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How to get rid of a fridge correctly?

Get rid of a fridge at Canford Recycling Centre

Get rid of a fridge in a compliant and legal manner

Every year, approximately 2.4 million fridges are disposed of in the UK and a further 3 million are bought as replacements. – Source; BBC News.

Fridges are classified as hazardous waste due to the ozone-depleting gases they contain that can be harmful to the environment if disposed of incorrectly. 

In this article, we cover how your business can get rid of a fridge correctly and the process Commercial Recycling follows to ensure all the fridges and freezers they receive are disposed of in a compliant and legal manner.

Legal requirements concerning the disposal of fridges

There are 3 key pieces of legislation to adhere to when disposing of a fridge, these are;

  1. Duty of Care – Waste Duty of Care Regulations 2005

All households and businesses getting rid of a fridge, as with all forms of waste, have a duty of care to ensure that it is disposed of responsibly in accordance with legislation. In practice, this means that you or your appointed waste contractor needs to get rid of your fridge at a licensed waste facility, like Commercial Recycling.

Breaching your duty of care could result in you being fined.

  1. Removal of Ozone Depleting Substances – EC regulation

All refrigeration units containing ozone-depleting substances (ODS), like your fridge, must have the ODS removed in a controlled manner before the appliance can be scrapped. This is why fridges can only be disposed of at a licensed waste facility where the redundant fridge can be safely stored prior to being taken to a specialist facility where the ODS can be safely removed.

Failure to comply with these regulations carries a hefty fine of up to £2,500 and eligibility for prosecution.

  1. Recycling and Recovery – The Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE)

WEEE legislation ensures that all forms of electrical waste are disposed of correctly and in a compliant manner. Individuals or businesses that do not comply with the rules that govern WEEE waste and choose to use an alternative disposal method are liable to be prosecuted and fined.

Remember fridge disposal should really be a last resort, it’s always best to reuse and recover fridge units wherever possible. Try talking to charities, friends, other businesses etc. to see if they could recover and reuse your unwanted fridge.

Do you need to book a fridge disposal service?

Our experts will always be happy to help you to successfully navigate the complicated legalities concerning hazardous wastes such as commercial fridges.

For advice or to book your fridge disposal, please call our expert team on 01202 331560 or email:

What happens once your fridge is disposed of at Canford Recycling Cente?

To ensure your fridge or freezer is disposed of safely, at Canford Recycling Centre we have a specialist area where fridges and freezers are taken off. When the designated area reaches capacity the redundant fridges and freezers are safely loaded on to a lorry for transportation to the specialist licensed facility we have audited and approved to remove the ODS element. When the waste fridges and freezers are deemed safe, the remaining materials are separated mechanically into individual product streams where they are recycled.

Despite the harmful substances used in the production of a fridge, over 95% of the average unit is recyclable.

Do you have a fridge that needs to be disposed of?

If you are a business looking to dispose of an unused commercial fridge, the weighbridge service offered at our local tips couldn’t be easier. Simply pull onto the weighbridge and inform the weighbridge operator of the waste you wish to dispose of, and we’ll take care of the rest. To read the full process, click here >>

If you are unable to transport your hazardous waste we can collect it for you.

For businesses who do not wish to or are unable to transport their fridge to one of our tipping sites, we also offer an affordable hazardous waste collection service. If you choose a pickup service from Commercial Recycling, our friendly team will arrange a date and time to suit your business and ensure that all legal matters are taken care of, including the completion of the correct consignment note.

Obtaining a hazardous consignment note

When disposing of any hazardous waste, it is the producer of the waste’s responsibility to know where the waste is sent, and that the correct steps are taken to ensure those contracted to collect it are operating legally.

When you are disposing of a commercial fridge, you will need to obtain a hazardous waste consignment note to prove that the waste has been taken care of correctly. For help in obtaining a consignment note please contact our hazardous waste specialist on 01202 331560 or

Contact Commercial Recycling for your fridge disposal

From your initial contact to completing the relevant paperwork and disposal of the fridge, Commercial Recycling will ensure your waste is handled in a correct and legal manner.

If you would like more information on how to get rid of a fridge or would like to arrange the disposal of a fridge with Commercial Recycling, please get in contact with our team by calling us on 01202 331560 or email

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Improvement work at Canford Recycling Centre in 2019

We have now reached the half-way point of the year, and so far, we’ve been busy upgrading our Canford Recycling Centre to further improve the disposal services we can offer to businesses, tradespeople and waste contractors operating in Poole and Bournemouth.

Where is Canford Recycling Centre? It is on Arena Way, off Magna Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3BW

In this article, we cover a number of the key improvements made to the site, as well as some of our future plans and upcoming developments.

The addition of new bays

We’ve added some new concrete lego block style bays to allow smaller ‘Man & Van’ type vehicles to be segregated from the larger commercial vehicles who use the site.

It is expected this particular improvement will make it easier for tradespeople, contractors and businesses to better utilise our Wimborne Recycling Centre in various commercial vehicles, such as; skip lorries, transit vans, pick-ups, tippers and trucks.

New concrete areas

A large 1700m2 area, towards the rear of our site, has now been concreted to provide better driving conditions throughout the site. This enhancement should also contribute to a reduction in tipping turnaround times.

The concrete used in this project was supplied by AMS Concrete and benefited from the inclusion of recycled aggregates, which were produced at Canford Inert Recycling Centre.

New weighbridge for 2019

We finished the installation of a brand new replacement weighbridge in May 2019. The work was essential to ensure all loads continued to be weighed accurately and vehicles can turnaround quickly to reduce queues and waiting time.

What is a weighbridge? It is a large set of scales installed to weigh road vehicles and their contents.

At all our local tipping facilities, vehicles are weighed before and after tipping, this process ensures the weight of the waste being disposed of is accurately calculated and charged accordingly.

Affordable, efficient waste disposal service where customers only pay for the weight of the waste they actually tip!

New waste recycling system

In June 2019, to aid us in moving closer to a zero waste to landfill position we commissioned a new waste recycling system at Canford Recycling Centre. The market-leading system includes screeners, wind sifters, overband magnets, ferrous metal recovery and a five bay picking station for improved manual and mechanical waste sorting and recycling


Upcoming improvements

Although we’ve already achieved a number of great results this year, we still have a few key projects in the pipeline…
MATA Construction are currently carrying out a 24 week refurbishment programme of ‘Building 2’ following the major fire back in July 2018. You can read more about this incident on our news page here.

The refurbishment is due to be completed in October 2019

The role of this building will be to allow Commercial Recycling to successfully process, recover and recycle higher volumes of waste, which are generated through the fulfilment of various contracts.

Building 2 will allow for larger volumes of locally produced waste to be dealt with, which will help to minimise the amount of ‘waste miles’ currently undertaken.

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Alternatively, contact our waste experts onsite at Canford Recycling Centre. They will be pleased to provide you with free advice concerning the disposal of general, construction and hazardous waste. Contact our waste experts today for further advice by calling 01202 331560 or by emailing