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Nuffield Household Waste Recycling Centre

Where is the site?

The HWRC is at 92-98 Nuffield Road, Poole. Use postcode BH17 0RS if you have a sat nav.

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What are the opening hours?

1st April – 30th September
1st October – 31st March
Monday to Sunday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
9:00 am to 4:00 pm


The site is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Site operations may require that the site is closed on an as needs basis for the handling of any incidents.

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How do I access the site?

  • you will need to bring your Council Tax bill or other recent proof of Poole residency with you every time you visit the site.

  • the site has a one-way traffic flow with the entrance on the south side and a separate exit on the north side.

  • residents living in certain areas covered by the Dorset Waste Partnership can also apply for a permit to use the site, applications should be made to the Dorset Waste Partnership. You must bring your permit with you and show it to a site assistant. Van Permits are not available for Dorset Waste Partnership residents to use the Nuffield HWRC. If you want to use a van, you can apply to the Dorset Waste Partnership to use one of their sites.
There are two entrances to the site. The one on the right is for cars and has a height restriction of 2.0 metres. The entrance to the left is for high vehicles, roof loads and those vehicles with Permits. High and permitted vehicles should stop at the barrier and use the intercom to request access. Once on the site, keep to the left if you have chargeable waste, and to the right for non-chargeable waste.

All vehicles leaving the site will exit via a separate lane on the north side of the site. Vehicles must give way to vehicles on Nuffield Road.

All vehicles must observe the no-entry, one-way and 5mph signs throughout the site.
If residents have no access to a vehicle and use public transport or a cycle to visit the HWRC they should access the site via the pedestrian gate adjacent to the vehicle exit gate. Proof of residency will still be required to use the site.
Residents arriving at the site in a vehicle are prohibited from parking outside and carrying their waste into the site. However, this should not be necessary with proof of residency and the appropriate van permit if needed.
Cyclists must dismount whilst in the site and push their cycles.

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What are the restrictions and why have them?

The height barrier, restricting access to vehicles with maximum height of 2.0 metres (6ft, 6”) high, is on Lane 1 entry to the site which otherwise allows unhindered access.

Placing the height restriction allows the great majority of household vehicles, cars, cars with trailers, people carriers and small vans to quickly enter the site without being held back for other checks.

From Wednesday 1st April 2015 vans, pick-ups and commercial vehicles will no longer be able to access the HWRC unless you produce a valid Permit.

Trailers with trailer beds larger than 1.8 metres x 1.2 metres (6 foot x 4 foot) are not allowed to enter the site.

It is illegal for traders or businesses to dispose of their trade waste at the HWRC - which is only licensed to accept household waste from a council taxpayer’s own property. 
Traders and businesses are allowed to legally dispose of trade waste by using the weighbridge at the Commercial Waste entrance of the site, and paying the appropriate charge. 
Other site restrictions include:
  • children under the age of 16 must stay in the vehicle at all times
  • pets must be kept in vehicles at all times
  • smoking is not allowed at any time anywhere on the site
  • vehicles over 3.5 tonnes cannot enter the HWRC
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What am I allowed to take to the site?

We ask you to help us recycle as much waste as possible by separating it and using different skips and containers marked at the site. If you are unsure where a particular item goes please ask a member of staff who will advise you. The following materials that are taken onto the site are recycled, composted, reused or recovered:

If you have a large amount of waste to dispose of you can either hire a skip or take it to a commercial site.

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Do you have a public weighbridge?

The weighbridge is not available for private use. There are private sector businesses who have weighbridges which may allow private use, please contact them directly.

I am planning a visit, how should I pack my vehicle?

The site has a one-way traffic flow so it will help when you pack your waste and recyclables to pack them in reverse order of drop-off. This will enable you to drive around the site to drop off waste and recyclables and minimise the amount of walking backwards and forwards around the site. Click here to look at the layout of the site.

It will also reduce the risk that you miss a container bay for some of your waste and end up having to drive out of the site and re-enter it.

Please check the current site information showing the site layout and what to drop off where.

The general order of bins, bays and containers is currently:

Firstly the lower level containers at back of the site:

Chargeable Waste
  • vehicle tyres and tyres on wheels 

  • Asbestos

  • plasterboard

  • soil, rubble and ceramics (tiles, ceramic sinks etc.) – no plastic bags

  • gas & LPG containers

Non-chargeable waste

  • white goods, fridges, washing machines etc.

  • fluorescent tubes

  • TVs and computer monitors

  • used engine oil and used cooking oil

  • vehicle batteries and portable batteries

  • textile banks for clothes, shoes
  • hazardous waste/chemicals (opposite side of the road)

Secondly the elevated large container bays & walkways:

  • cardboard / Paper
  • wood and timber. No plastic bags please.
  • Garden waste - tree & plant prunings, grass cuttings, small trees and shrubs, leaves. No plastic bags please.
  • hard plastics - e.g. plastic garden furniture, children's toys, plant pots
  • non-recyclable waste - Please check that there is nothing included in this waste that could be recycled or reused.
  • Blue Bin recycling - paper, cardboard, tins & cans, plastic bottles and food containers, glass bottles & jars, food and drink cartons (Tetra-Paks), household aerosols
  • Small electrical items - e.g. kettles, irons, toasters, hairdryers

  • Scrap metal. Please do not put small electrical items in this container, please use the container marked for small electrical items.

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Bournemouth's Millhams Community Recycling Centre

From 1 March 2016, Millhams Community Recycling Centre will be run by Borough of Poole for Bournemouth residents and their permit holders. For more information go to bournemouth.gov.uk/millhams.

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