Tip and recycling centre

Tip and recycling centre

A tip or recycling centre is called a household waste recycling centre (HWRC).

Nuffield Household Waste and Recycling Centre

92 - 98, Nuffield Road, Poole, BH17 0RS.

Opening times

Nuffield is open:

  • 7 days a week
  • 9am to 5pm, from 1 April until 30 September        
  • 9am to 4pm, from 1 October until 31 March.

Nuffield is closed:

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year's Day

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

Only Poole residents and some Dorset residents can use the Nuffield Household Waste and Recycling centre.

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, 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.

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.

Vans, trailers and large vehicles

Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are not permitted on the site.

If you are using your own van or a pick-up you will need to apply for a permit.

If you are using a hired van or pick-up you don't need a permit, just show proof of the hire and proof of residence.

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

What we don't charge for

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 (TV’s, monitors, small electricals and electronics)
  • fluorescent lamps/tubes
  • white goods - fridges, freezers, washing machines etc.
  • hazardous waste

Waste we charge for

The following items/materials brought to the Nuffield Household waste and Recycling Centre are chargeable:

Soil and rubble

£1.50 per bag or item.

Includes bricks, blocks, slates, tiles, rubble, paving slabs, concrete, gravel, tarmac, stones, soil, sand, hardcore and sanitary ware (ceramic toilets, sinks, pedestals etc).


£6 per bag, £12 per sheet.

Bonded type only. All asbestos must be double wrapped in tough plastic and completely sealed.


£2.50 per bag, £10 per sheet.

Includes gypsum related products.

Tyres including rims

£5 per tyre.

Commercial and agricultural tyres are not accepted. There is no charge for bicycle tyres.  

Gas canisters and fire extinguishers

We charge:

  • £6 up to 10kg 
  • £11 up to 20kg 
  • £35 over 20kg or specialist containers such as diving tanks

Payment can be made by debit/credit card (except American Express) or by cash (up to and including £20 notes).

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

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.

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 261709.

Page last updated: 13 November 2017
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