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Nuffield Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip)

Where is the site?

The HWRC is at 92-98 Nuffield Road, Poole, BH17 0RS

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What are the opening hours?

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

1 April to 30 September
1 October to 31 March
Monday to Sunday
9am to 5pm

Last entry is 15 minutes prior to closing

9am to 4pm

Last entry is 15 minutes prior to closing

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

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What are the best times to visit?

Information on the visitor numbers can be found on the best times to visit page. 

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How do I access the site?

  • 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 a separate entrance and exit

  • residents living in certain postcodes covered by the Dorset Waste Partnership can access the Nuffield HWRC. You will be asked to show proof of residency within the permitted postcodes covered by the Dorset Waste Partnership. 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 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 household waste.

All vehicles leaving the site must give way to vehicles on Nuffield Road.

All vehicles must observe the no entry, one-way and 5mph signs throughout the site.
Pedestrians 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.

Cyclists must dismount whilst in the site and push their cycles.

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.

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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 (6ft x 4ft) are not allowed to enter the site.

It is illegal for traders and businesses to dispose of their trade waste at the HWRC - which is only licensed to accept household waste from a residents' 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 material as possible by separating it and using the appropriate labelled containers at the HWRC. If you are unsure where a particular item should go please ask a member of staff who will advise. The following materials 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 businesses who have weighbridges for 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

  • Domestic white goods (such as fridges, washing machines, dishwashers)

  • Fluorescent tubes

  • TVs and computer monitors

  • Used engine oil and used cooking oil

  • Vehicle batteries and portable batteries

  • Textiles (e.g. clothes, shoes, household textiles such as duvet covers, curtains)
  • Hazardous waste/chemicals (opposite side of the road)

Secondly the elevated large container bays & walkways:

  • Cardboard / Paper
  • Wood - 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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Waste from Charities

Charities are not permitted to use the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC). However, charities can apply for a permit (restrictions apply) to access the Waste Transfer Station (next to the HWRC) via the commercial weighbridge. Charities must have a retail presence in Poole and can only deposit household waste donated from residents within the Borough of Poole. To apply for a permit, please call 01202 261700.

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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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