Poole Recycling Centre


92 to 98 Nuffield Road
BH17 0RS

Opening times

April to September:

  • 9am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday.

October to March:

  • 9am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday.


The recycling centre is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day but please check the website for updates before travelling.

Last entry is 15 minutes before closing time.

Who can use the recycling centre

You can use Poole Recycling Centre if you live in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole.

You can also use Bournemouth Recycling Centre and Christchurch 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 can use:

  • current Council Tax bill
  • photocard driving licence
  • any utility bill that shows your name and address.

When you get to the site you will see two entrances, the one on the right is for cars and has a height restriction of two metres. The one on the left has a barrier and an intercom, and is used for vans and pick-ups with permits.

Some Dorset residents have access to BCP Council recycling centres, refer to the Dorset Council website for eligibility.

Pedestrian access

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/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 Poole Recycling Centre

The following materials are recycled, composted, reused or recovered for free:

  • textiles
  • cardboard
  • wood
  • garden waste
  • furniture (reusable quality)
  • metal
  • bric-a-brac
  • car batteries
  • portable household batteries
  • electrical equipment (TVs, monitors, small electricals and electronics)
  • fluorescent lamps/tubes
  • white goods - fridges, freezers, washing machines etc
  • chemicals.

There are charges for bringing certain materials to the recycling centre.

Commercial waste

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.

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.

Best times to visit Poole Recycling Centre

The table below shows the total vehicles visiting Poole Recycling Centre recently. Numbers with an asterisk (*) next to them show the peaks in visitors and so we recommend that you avoid these times.

Times and number of visitors
 Date/time 9am to 10:59am 11am to 12:59pm1pm to 2:59pm 3pm to 5pm  Daily total
 Monday 181* 168 144  87 580 
 Tuesday 162  193* 153 70 578
 Wednesday 176  178 168 89 611
 Thursday 181* 150 143 87 561
 Friday 195*  175 168 75 613
 Saturday 168 141 153 97 559
 Sunday 174 180* 132 66 552
 Total 1,237 1,185 1,061 571 4,054