Christchurch Recycling Centre
We are working with Dorset Council to gather information on the usage of Recycling Centres in our areas and better understand the travel patterns. We will be recording postcodes and the type of waste being brought into the sites by Dorset Council residents.
If you are a BCP Council resident and have a general enquiry, please contact us.
If you are a Dorset Council resident and would like more information on why this information is being recorded when you visit our recycling centres, please email email@example.com.
- April to September: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday
- October to March: 9am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday.
Last entry is 15 minutes before closing time.
Who can use the recycling centre
You can use Christchurch Recycling Centre if you live in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole.
You can also use Bournemouth Recycling Centre and Poole Recycling Centre. Please check individual web pages for restrictions before travelling.
Please take some identification with you to prove you live in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole. You will be turned away if you do not have identification with you. You can use:
- current Council Tax bill
- photocard driving licence
- any utility bill that shows your name and address.
Dorset Council residents are also able to use Christchurch Recycling Centre on Wilverley Road and will need to bring proof of residence to access the site. Dorset Council residents may only bring cars to the site (no vans).
Some Dorset residents have access to BCP Council recycling centres, refer to the Dorset Council website for eligibility. Dorset Council residents may only bring cars to the site - vans are not allowed.
Van and trailer restrictions
Van and trailer restrictions apply at the recycling centre. If you are visiting with a trailer, it must be a maximum size of 6’ x 4’ (1.8m x 1.2m). Vans must have a valid permit or a hire agreement of a maximum of three days.
Vehicles that require a permit and are towing a trailer are not allowed to access our recycling centres.
Vehicles that are not allowed on site
The following vehicles are not allowed on site at all:
- vans over 3.5 tonnes
- vans towing trailers
- single-cab pick-ups towing trailers
- luton box vans
- flatbed vans
- tipper vehicles
- horse boxes
- agricultural vehicles
- hire vans – over 3 days hire.
Pedestrians (on foot or on a bicycle) are allowed to bring waste to the site but must report at the security gate and provide the appropriate evidence of BCP Council residency. Pedestrians must follow the guidance of site staff at all times. Pedestrians cannot bring waste onto the site that they cannot carry themselves and must be no larger than a bin bag or rucksack. Pedestrian access is not allowed by residents driving to the site, parking outside the site and taking their waste in on foot.
What you can take to Christchurch Recycling Centre
The following materials are recycled, composted, reused or recovered:
- garden waste, (invasive weeds such as Japanese knotweed and Hogwort must go in landfill)
- all kinds of metal items
- household paints, garden pesticides and chemicals - must be clearly identifiable
- rubble, soil and glass
- car and household batteries
- cooking oil
- 5 litres of engine oil per visit
- light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
- gas bottles
- textiles such as clothes, shoes and handbags
- paper and cardboard
- excess household rubbish
- up to two natural wood pallets
- furniture - please see a member of staff on site if you are bringing upholstered seating, for example, sofas, armchairs or dining room chairs
- asbestos- see below
- electrical equipment (TVs, monitors, small electricals and electronics) - please delete your data where possible
- white goods - fridges and freezers (whole units only), washing machines etc
- food waste
- ink cartridges
There are charges for bringing certain materials to the recycling centre.
Asbestos must be:
- cement bonded type only
- double bagged
- a maximum one off deposit of up to 3 cement bonded sheets of 1.8m x 1.2m (approximately 6ft x 4ft) or 6 bags maximum (a bag is equivalent to a small, plastic, sand or aggregate bag from standard DIY stores (or similar) that can be safely lifted by one person) - 2 bags equate to 1 sheet if taking a combination of sheets or bags
- paid for upon arrival.
What you can't take to Christchurch Recycling Centre
The following things can't be disposed of at Christchurch Recycling Centre:
|Things you can't dispose of at Poole Recycling Centre ||What to do instead |
|Clinical Waste - waste containing human or animal bodily fluids (poo, urine, blood)
Put in your rubbish bin, dog bins, chemists or clinical waste contractors.
||Residents using medical sharps at home should place them into a sealed sharps box, obtained from a GP or pharmacy, which may be returned to a GP’s surgery once full for safe disposal. If you are unable to transport your sharps box to a surgery, you can arrange a medical sharps collection from us. Find a needle and syringe service here. Find a needle and syringe service here.
||Take to your nearest Police Station or registered firearms dealer. Please contact Dorset Police on 101 for more information before you visit.
From 31 December 2022, HM Coastguard stopped offering a voluntary, public-facing flare disposal service to private individuals who have personal flares to dispose of. Private individuals will now need to use a third-party disposal service to dispose of their personal flares. Find out more on the GOV.UK website.
|Car parts, interiors and bumpers
||Should be taken to a local car scrap yard.
|Caravan parts, dismantled caravans, boat and boat parts or motor bikes
||Search online for a private scrap company who can arrange removal. Always use a licensed waste carrier to take your waste away.
|Large demolition works or construction waste
||Search online for a private company who can arrange removal. Always use a licensed waste carrier to take your waste away.
|Red or blue pallets
||Blue or red pallets cannot be disposed of at our HRCs. The dye used to colour the pallets is toxic which means they cannot be recycled. These pallets are usually collected and reused by the pallet company which supplies them.
We have not listed everything that can and cannot be accepted at our Household Recycling Centres. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us before travelling.
Commercial waste can be accepted at Bournemouth Recycling Centre and Poole Recycling Centre.
Charity waste acceptance
Charities are not permitted to use the recycling centres. However, charities in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area can apply for a charity permit, subject to our terms and conditions, to dispose of donated household waste. Access is only allowed via the commercial weighbridges at Bournemouth and Poole Recycling Centres (no access is permitted at Christchurch Recycling Centre). To apply for a charity permit and once you’ve read our terms and conditions, please call our customer services team on 01202 123 123.
Tip Check app
Our Tip Check app tells you how busy the recycling centres are before you leave your home. A traffic light system indicates how busy our recycling centres are, whilst giving approximate traffic wait times. The app will also tell you the opening times for all of our recycling centres, along with general information about what you can dispose of at each of our sites.