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


New weighbridge at Canford Recycling Centre in Wimborne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where should I dispose of asbestos in Dorset?

Asbestos disposal in Dorset

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

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

Where can I dispose of Asbestos?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further information on asbestos waste disposal at Canford Recycling Centre

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

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

Apsley Farm Landfill Site

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

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

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

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

How to dispose of fluorescent tube lights

Fluorescent tube disposal

Fluorescent tube light disposal in Dorset and Somerset

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

Where can I dispose my fluorescent tube lights?

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

Recycling centre in Dorset:

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

Recycling centre in Somerset:

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

Can someone collect my broken or damaged fluorescent lights?  

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

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

What are the costs associated with disposing of tube lights?

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

Free hazardous waste advice

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

Advice on waste segregation for businesses

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

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

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

Key points to consider when disposing of commercial waste

Transporting waste yourself to a licensed disposal facility

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

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

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

Best practices on pretreatment of waste  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further guidance please visit:

Knowing your waste types

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

Recyclable Materials:

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

Does your business produce hazardous waste?

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

Hazardous Materials:

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

For further help please download our Hazardous waste brochure.

Contact Commercial Recycling for your business waste disposal requirements

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

Dorset recycling for businesses explained

Dorset recycling for businesses explained

Confused by all the different types of waste containers offered? Baffled with what can be recycled in Dorset? When you know how, recycling is easy and shouldn’t be a burden to your business.

From commercial Dorset recycling collections to waste disposal at our Canford Recycling Centre, here is some useful information, and a little reminder of why recycling so important.

How can I recycle better?

Businesses who generate waste must have a suitable, compliant waste disposal solution in place. Commonly a business will choose to use a commercial waste management organisation to remove its waste as part of a contracted, scheduled collection solution. Waste containers often used in this process are roll top wheelie bins such as 1100L bins or FEL (front end loader) containers, which are metal and similar to enclosed skips.

However larger producers of waste will often opt to use solutions that include;

For further information on local skip, roro (rollonoff) and grab truck hire we would recommend contacting Avon Material Supplies on 01202 810938.

In situations where waste collection services are not viable or when a business wishes to transport its own waste, a licensed disposal facility such as Canford Recycling Centre, should be an ideal destination.

We operate 2 recycling centres, one is our Dorset recycling centre in Wimborne which is open Mon – Fri 7am-5:30pm and Saturday mornings 7am-12pm. Click here for more information on materials that can be disposed at this recycling centre or call us on 01202 331560. Our 2nd site is in Southwood near Shepton Mallet, open 7:30am – 5pm Mon – Fri, similarly to Canford Recycling Centre, this site allows most waste streams to be disposed of, for more information call 01749 830889 view the dedicated page here.

4 reasons Dorset recycling is important:

  1. It saves energy for your future. The materials you recycle mean they can be manufactured into new products, without starting from scratch often wit raw products .
  2. It help protects the environment and local wildlife. We live in a beautiful part of the UK, where we are lucky enough to be surrounded by the New Forest and miles of sandy beaches along the coast. By recycling you are reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill which can potentially harm wildlife. Safely recycling materials also reduces the risk of the habitats of animals being damaged or lost. 
  3. It reduces your carbon footprint. Reducing paper waste can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Small changes to your lifestyle can help achieve this, for example printing on both sides of the paper, or picking the ‘no receipt’ option at checkout.
  4. It saves money – waste segregation increases the amount of waste that can be recovered, recycled and reused and in turn reduces the amount of expensive mixed ‘general’ waste that businesses needs to dispose off. 

For more information on Dorset recycling, please feel free to give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us on

Everything you need to know about Canford Recycling Centre

AMS grab lorry unloading Green waste at Commercial Recycling centre in Bournemouth, Dorset

Where is Canford Recycling Centre?

We are situated behind Canford Arena, off Magna road in Wimborne, Dorset. This location enables Canford Recycling Centre to easily serve businesses, sites and tradespeople in Bournemouth and Poole.

Did you know you can also collect loose & bagged recycled and primary aggregates at Canford Recycling Centre. Popular materials that are regularly collected on site include:

  • Ballast
  • Shingle
  • Crushed tarmac
  • Sand

When is the recycling centre open?

Our opening times have been put in place so we can try to accommodate everyone. We are open 07:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday and 07:00 – 12:00 on Saturdays.  

What type of waste can be disposed there?

Canford Recycling Centre is licensed to accept a large array of waste types, including various hazardous and difficult wastes. Common waste types disposed of on-site include:

If your waste type isn’t listed above and you would like to confirm it can be disposed of at Canford Recycling Centre, please contact our team on 01202 331560 or email us on

Why should I chose Commercial Recycling?

Our disposal services are fully licensed, competitively priced and ensure that a high percentage of all waste is diverted from landfill. In addition, the site benefits from dual weighbridges, hard surfaces throughout and offers users a quick turnaround.

If you are unable to transport waste to the site, our associated company, Avon Material Supplies offer a reliable collection service, you can find out more here.

What payment methods do you accept?

Customers can pay with cash, credit card or an approved credit account. To request an account application form, please contact our Head Office Accounts team on 01202 331560.

For more detail on exact prices of waste disposal at the Canford Recycling Centre, view our pricing brochure here.

SafeContractor Accreditation 2017

SafeContractor accreditation

Renewal of industry leading safety accreditation for 2017!

Commercial Recycling has recently received certification from SafeContractor, a nationally recognised health and safety accreditation.

We have received this certificate due to our excellent standards of health & safety and risk assessment across all of our sites. With this accreditation for 2017, our clients have proof from the industry that our waste management services, which include disposal, recycling and hazardous waste processing, are being carried out safely to a uniformly high standard.

“We are delighted to once again have SafeContractor accreditation this year. We place the highest regard on safety and the award helps to recognise the hard work taking place by our team at the sites we operate to ensure employees, customers and the general public are constantly safe.” Kevin Bishop, Operations Manager, Commercial Recycling

This accreditation further establishes Commercial Recycling as a leading waste management and recycling company across Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset.

To learn more about our services, take a look around our website or contact our team on 01202 331560 today.

How to dispose of TV’s and monitors

Disposal of TVs and monitors at Commercial Recycling sites

According to HSE over two million TV’s are discarded each year.

Whether you’re an individual who is upgrading your flat screen TV or a business that is disposing of old monitor screens, it is important that you know the process of appropriate disposal for your own safety and the benefit of the environment.

The disposal and recycling of televisions and monitors is covered under WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) regulations. Disposal of TV’s and monitors amongst general waste is illegal as more often than not, they contain hazardous materials that cannot be disposed of in landfill.

Legislation dictates that tv’s and monitors must be separated and disposed of in a compliant manner. Learn more about Hazardous waste legislation here.

Disposal of TV’s and monitors is high risk

The average TV is a combination of multiple materials including valuable substances such as plastic, steel, aluminium, copper, gold and silver. Hazardous toxins such as lead, mercury, flame retardants, cadmium, beryllium and bisphenol-A can also be found in the waste.

As a result of this complex mix of materials, WEEE recycling poses a number of risks that need to be adequately managed. Incorrect disposal and damage to TV’s and monitors can result in the release of these toxins which can be harmful to individuals and the environment. Therefore, it is the duty of the owner to ensure the effective and efficient disposal of their waste screens. For free advice on disposing of difficult and hazardous waste please contact our experts.

Recycle with Commercial Recycling

Disposal of your TV’s and monitors couldn’t be easier at our licensed recycling centres. At Commercial Recycling, we have specialist facilities and expert staff allowing us to safely break down and recycle the appropriate parts of the television or monitor.

When you are ready to dispose of your TV or monitors, safely transport them to your nearest licensed recycling centre:

At Commercial Recycling, our centres benefit from convenient opening hours, are easily accessible by any vehicle and are fully licensed to accept WEEE from both individuals and businesses.

For more information or any queries about disposing of your old screens, please contact our expert team on 01202 331560.

Tree Root Disposal

Tree root disposal at Commercial Recycling

A lot of recycling centres and tips often won’t accept loads of green waste if they contain significantly large bits of trees such as stumps, roots or thick branches. These parts of trees can be problematic to break down for recycling and therefore require more work than other types green waste.

Small bits of trees such as thin branches and leaves are generally classed as garden waste and will be widely accepted.

At Commercial Recycling, we have the facilities to accept all forms of tree waste, including the thick roots and branches. The on-site disposal facilities at our recycling centres in Dorset and Somerset provide users requiring tree root disposal with a fast turnaround and low minimum weight charges.

Green waste recycling

Once tipped, all disposed garden waste is stored together onsite to allow for further processing or transportation to be easily completed.

Our Garden Waste Disposal Sites

The sites that can accommodate green waste, large branches and troublesome tree roots are:

These sites are open to the public, tradespeople and businesses Monday – Friday and Canford Recycling Centre is also open on Saturday mornings. Each facility benefits from hard surfaces throughout to allow use by all vehicle types.

If you are transporting your own tree root waste, simply drive onto the weighbridge and we can calculate how much green waste you are disposing of.

Garden waste site clearance

If you have been undertaking a project that has produced any green or garden waste, we can help with the clearance of garden, shrubbery and tree waste.

We can collect loose or bagged garden waste via our trusted associated company Avon Material Supplies. The extensive fleet of tipper trucks and grab lorries they operate provide customers with the opportunity to choose the optimum vehicle size and type for their project.

To find out more about our garden waste and tree root disposal services, contact our friendly team on 01202 331560 today.