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Recycling and rubbish


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 to all HRCs are asked to note the following:-

  • journeys to an HRC should only be made for waste that cannot be collected at the kerbside
  • do not assume that any HRC is open before setting off. Please check the appropriate pages on the Dorset Council website (NOT Google)
  • queues and waiting times to access each site will be much longer than usual, so expect significant delays. This is because there will be limits on the numbers of people that can be on site at any one time to maintain social distancing
  • if sites becomes overwhelmed with traffic and queues cause local traffic disruption, they will close for a period of time for queues to clear
  • do not arrive at the site early - This could stop staff getting to the HRC, hampering the removal of waste and delaying the opening of the site. It may also prevent local residents from getting to work
  • you should not visit the HRC if you are unwell, as you should be following the 7-day self-isolation guidance, or if a member of your household is unwell and you should be following the 14 day stay at home guidance
  • visitors to HRCs must always observe social distancing. If you do not comply with social distancing guidance, you will be asked to leave the HRC and the site may have to close temporarily
  • HRC staff will not be able to assist with carrying items. Do not take any items to the HRC that you can’t lift yourself, or with the aid of one other passenger from your vehicle
  • if you do travel to an HRC, please remember to stay in your vehicle while queuing to aid with social


Please find a link to a news release about the re-opening of most of Dorset's Household Recycling Centres (HRCs, or “the tip”) for waste that poses a risk of injury, health or harm.

Unfortunately this does not include the Sherborne tip. See link for details.


Dorset Council will be resuming its garden waste kerbside collections from Monday 27 April.


Fly-tipping: How you can help us tackle it during the pandemic

With household recycling centres (HRCs) currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Dorset Council is asking people to help them in the fight against fly-tipping.

Trips to a household recycling centre are not listed under central government reasons for essential travel, so we have had to temporarily close them. Opening them for any amount of time would contravene public health advice that we, as the local authority, are obligated to comply with.

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 usVisit 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 press release 24.03.20 on what to do with recycling and rubbish during the coronavirus crisis

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