Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service
This Household Recycling Centre has re-opened with a number of safety measures for residents who are unable to safely store additional waste at home and who have no alternative disposal options available.
Nuffield HWRC is open:
- 7 days a week
- 9am to 5pm, from April to September
- 9am to 4pm, from October until March.
You'll need to arrive at least 15 minutes before we close to give you enough time to unload your recycling and waste.
Visiting the site
You can use the Nuffield HWRC if you live in Poole, Bournemouth or Christchurch. Some Dorset residents can also use the site, please check ahead of visiting.
You will need to bring one of the following as proof of residence:
- driving licence
- recent utility bill
- Council Tax bill.
When you get to the site you will see 2 entrances, the one on the right is for cars and has a height restriction of 2 metres. The one on the left has a barrier and an intercom, and is used for vans and pick-ups with permits.
Download a copy of the site map for more detail.
The site has a one-way traffic flow with a separate entrance and exit.
Children under 16 years of age should remain in the vehicle for their own safety.
Pets must be kept in vehicles.
Smoking is not allowed on the site.
If you live in Poole you can also use Millhams Community Recycling Centre in Bournemouth and the Christchurch Household Recycling Centre at Wilverley Road. Please check individual web pages for restrictions before travelling.
Vans, trailers and large vehicles
If you live in Poole or Bournemouth and you’re visiting in a van, pick-up or commercial vehicle you will need a valid permit. This permit can be used to access Millhams Community Recycling Centre and Nuffield HWRC.
If you live in Christchurch, you can apply for a van permit on the Services in Christchurch website.
Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are not permitted on the site.
Trailers with trailer beds larger than 1.8 metres x 1.2 metres (6ft x 4ft) are not allowed to enter the site.
If you have hired a van which is less than 3.5 tonnes from a hire company for a period of 3 days or less, you can access the site to dispose of your household waste providing you have a copy of the hire agreement and proof of Poole or Bournemouth residency.
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 we do not charge for
The following materials are recycled, composted, reused or recovered for free:
- garden waste
- furniture (reusable quality)
- car batteries
- portable household batteries
- electrical equipment (TVs, monitors, small electricals and electronics)
- fluorescent lamps/tubes
- white goods - fridges, freezers, washing machines etc
Waste we charge for
We charge for some items/materials to be disposed of.
More information can be found on our chargeable waste page.
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.
Traders and businesses
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.
Page last updated: 07 April 2021