Community recycling banks

Community recycling banks are places where you can deposit recyclable household waste, and other materials such as textiles and books.

Although we collect some recyclable household waste in the clear recycling sacks, community recycling banks are useful for any excess waste you may want to get rid of.

You can find community recycling banks in frequently used locations around New Forest, such as car parks and supermarkets.

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Coronavirus changes to community recycling banks

Clothing and textile recycling banks

We have received notice from our clothing/textile recycling bank contractor that their operations are closed. Clothing and textile banks will not be emptied until further notice. 

Store your unwanted clothing and textiles at home.

Mixed recycling and glass banks

We are prioritising collection of household rubbish and recycling. Continue to recycle from home as much as possible using your clear recycling sack and glass box.

Do not take additional glass and recycling to our recycling banks until further notice. 

  • Any overspill or uncontained waste at the recycling banks can cause a health and fire risk.
  • Recycling left on the ground is classed as fly-tipping.
  • CCTV cameras operate in these areas. 

What you can recycle

Our community recycling locations have two types of recycling banks.

Green: for glass bottles and jars, of all colours and sizes.

Blue: for all mixed recycling.

You can use the blue banks for the following materials only.

  • Paper and cardboard.
  • Tins, cans and aerosols.
  • Plastic bottles.

At some locations, there are charity-run recycling banks for clothing/textiles, shoes, books and CDs.

We have recently introduced a trial recycling bank for cartons and Tetra Paks in Fordingbridge. Its continuation will be based on whether the collection of cartons and Tetra Paks is sustainable.

What you cannot recycle

There are some household materials that you cannot put in your clear recycling sack or take to a community recycling bank. These include:

  • small and large electrical items
  • household and garden chemicals
  • wood and furniture.

You may be able to dispose of some items at the tip

Alternatively, you may be able to use our bulky waste collection service

Community recycling bank locations

Refer to the table below for the locations of our community recycling bank sites and the materials collected at each site.

Community recycling banks are for household waste only. They cannot be used by businesses or traders.

Find out how to dispose of business waste.

Community recycling banks locations and accepted materials
LocationMaterials you can recycle
Ashurst: Ashurst car park, Lyndhurst Road SO40 7ARGlass, mixed recycling, textiles
Blackfield: Sainsbury's Local, Hampton Lane SO45 1XAGlass, mixed recycling, textiles
Bransgore: Bransgore car park, Betsy Lane BH23 8AQGlass, mixed recycling, textiles, shoes, books and CDs
Burley: Burley car park, Chapel Lane BH24 4DJGlass, mixed recycling
Calshot: Calshot car park SO45 1BRGlass, mixed recycling
Dibden: Tesco Superstore, Sizer Way, Dibden SO45 5JAGlass, mixed recycling, textiles, shoes
Fordingbridge: Located at the A338 slip road SP6 1AWGlass, mixed recycling, textiles, shoes plus trial carton and Tetra Pak bank
Hythe: New Road car park SO45 6AQGlass, mixed recycling, textiles, shoes
Lymington: Cannon Street car park SO41 9BRGlass, mixed recycling, textiles
Lymington: rear of Marks & Spencer,  St Thomas Street car park SO41 3RBGlass, mixed recycling, textiles
Lyndhurst: Village car park SO43 7BFGlass, mixed recycling, textiles
Milford-on-Sea: Sea Road car park SO41 0DAGlass, mixed recycling, textiles, shoes
Minstead: Minstead Village Hall SO43 7FXGlass, mixed recycling, textiles
New Milton: Elm Avenue car park, New Milton BH25 6HEGlass, mixed recycling, textiles, shoes
New Milton: Tesco superstore, Caird Avenue BH25 6BPGlass, mixed recycling, textiles, shoes, books and CDs
Ringwood: The Furlong car park BH24 1ATGlass, mixed recycling, textiles, shoes
Totton: Asda Superstore, Maynard Road SO40 3ZA

Glass, textiles.

Totton: Morrison's Superstore, Spruce Drive SO40 8ADGlass, mixed recycling, textiles, shoes

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