Recycling and rubbish
Dorset Council update 28.05.20
Sherborne HRC will reopen on Tuesday 2 June, however, there will be different measures in place for visitors to follow. All visitors wishing to use Sherborne HRC will need to first proceed to the Terrace Playing Fields car-park (situated on the southern edge of Sherborne at Dancing Hill). Here, you will take a paper ticket (like a supermarket deli counter) and join the queue for the HRC. When the queue at the HRC becomes short enough, you will be directed by on-site staff to travel to the HRC to drop off your waste. Visitors without a ticket will not be able to enter the recycling centre.
Visitors are reminded that social distancing measures are in place at all HRCs. Please note: -
- Do not arrive at the Terrace Playing Fields car park early – operating hours are 9am to 6pm daily
- Do not visit the HRC directly or if you are unwell
- Stay 2m away from all people on site outside of your household
- HRC staff will not be able to assist with carrying items
- Only one person should leave the vehicle to unload waste, two if unloading heavy items
- Please bring a maximum of two waste types per visit
- Reuse areas will remain closed
- Charges still apply for some waste types, but contactless payments only – no cash.
- On your return from the HRC, please remember not to touch your face and to wash your hands for 20 seconds on arrival at your destination.
Dorset Council update 07.05.20
Some Dorset tips are to re-open in a restricted way from Monday 11th May, but this does not include Sherborne. Details are in the link below.
Dorset Council update 16.04.20
Dorset Council will be resuming its garden waste kerbside collections from Monday 27 April.
Dorset Council update 29.03.20
Waste services: Important new rubbish and recycling guidance for all Dorset residents
- We will no longer return to empty any missed bins until your next regular collection day. If your bins are missed, please bring them back in. Store your waste safely and put it out on your next appropriate collection day
- We will pick up extra black bin rubbish only if your previous rubbish collection was missed. We will continue to pick up food waste weekly. You can also put out extra recycling provided it is separated correctly
- Do not try to report missed collections to us. Visit our service disruption pages online to check if you are in an affected area
- Remember to crush and flatten items (not glass) before throwing away, as this will help create space in your bins and our collection vehicles
- Please continue to observe public health guidance on handling your waste. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, please double bag your waste and store for 72 hours before placing in your bin or blue sack. You should also wash your hands both before putting your bins out and after taking them back in
- We recommend rinsing dirty rubbish and recycling items before placing in bins to reduce unpleasant odours
Dorset Council update 27.03.20
From the end of Friday 27 March, Dorset Council waste services (previously known as the Dorset Waste Partnership) will be suspending all Garden Waste kerbside collections.
We have had to suspend this service until further notice to prioritise rubbish, food waste and recycling collections during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
With household recycling centres currently closed, Dorset residents are being asked to: –
- Reduce or stop producing garden waste for as long as possible, including cutting grass and trimming hedges
- Store your garden waste safely until services resume
- Not place garden waste in your other household waste bins
- Please consider home composting – Dorset Council works with getcomposting.com to provide composting bins from as little as £19 (+P&P) and there are many other retailers online still delivering compost bins.
Residents are also being politely asked not to burn their waste. Those lighting bonfires are respectfully requested to consider their neighbours, who may be suffering from the virus, recovering, or have underlying medical conditions as smoke may exacerbate their problems and cause complications in their recovery.
Dorset Council update 24.03.20
Recycling centre closures and bin collections during coronavirus: How you can help us
Posted on March 24, 2020 Author Dorset Council 8 Comments on Recycling centre closures and bin collections during coronavirus: How you can help us
After Prime Minister Johnson’s announcement last night (Monday 23 March), Dorset Council has closed all its household recycling centres (HRCs, or ‘the tip’) until further notice in order to comply with the latest central government guidance on staying at home and away from others.
However, your normal kerbside bin collections will continue to take place for the time being. We have already issued information on how we’re planning to ensure this essential service remains in place.
With people staying at home all day during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, household waste levels are expected to increase. We are reminding people that we have limited capacity in our collection vehicles and at our waste transfer stations, and so we need Dorset residents to help.
Right now, there are certain measures everyone can take to reduce pressure on the kerbside collection service and keep people safe: –
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus, make sure you double-bag your waste (especially tissues and cleaning cloths) and store it safely for 72 hours before placing it in your usual black wheelie bin or authorised blue sack
- Do not create excess waste you’d usually need to take to an HRC. This includes gardening (unless you home-compost), large DIY jobs or house clearances. If you do have excess waste, keep it stored safely until the HRCs reopen. Do not hand your rubbish to an unlicensed waste carrier for disposal
- Continue to keep rubbish and recycling separated. Check out our Right Stuff Right Bin webpage
- Try to minimise the amount of waste your household produces. We have advice on our Slim Your Bins webpage
- Create more space in your recycling bin by squashing/flattening plastic, aluminium and cardboard items. You should not however compress rubbish in black bags, your black wheelie bin or authorised blue sack. Please do not squash waste down into your bin after you’ve put it in there as this can prevent it falling out during the emptying process
- Do not put your glass box out for collection until it is full
- Park responsibly. More people staying at home has obviously led to more cars parked on residential streets, creating problems for our drivers who cannot access some roads. Make sure you leave enough room for our larger vehicles to pass and turn safely
- If your collection has been missed, please check our service disruption page on the coronavirus section of the Dorset Council website before reporting. You will find service updates and instructions on what to do with your bins there.
Cllr Tony Alford, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said:
“We understand that the closure of our household recycling centres will place pressure on our kerbside services, but we have to follow central government public health measures. Visits to HRCs are not covered in the list of reasons for people to leave their homes.
We want to keep our usual kerbside waste collections going for as long as possible, but we’re anticipating challenges in resourcing this service as the coronavirus situation continues and are prepared to make changes if the system starts to strain. To help avoid this, Dorset residents should recycle correctly, minimise the waste they produce and observe health guidance if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Help us to help you.
I want to thank everyone for playing their part in helping us keep these vital services going and to our front-line workers who are working hard to ensure everyone’s waste continues to be dealt with safely and responsibly.”