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.
When visiting community recycling bank sites, please remember the following:
- 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.
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What you can recycle
Our community recycling locations have three types of recycling banks.
New carton and paper container banks (green)
The banks are for food and drink cartons, and paper containers with metal ends.
Following a trial in Fordingbridge, we now have seven carton and paper container recycling banks at the following public car parks in the district:
- Fordingbridge: car park located at the A338 slip road SP6 1AW
- Hythe: New Road car park, SO45 6AQ
- Lymington: Cannon Street car park, SO41 9BR
- Lyndhurst: Village car park, SO43 7BF
- New Milton: Elm Avenue car park, BH25 6HE
- Ringwood: Furlong long stay car park, BH24 1AT
- Totton: Rumbridge Street car park, SO40 9ED
You an use the carton and paper container recycling banks for:
- food and drinks cartons (like tetrapaks), including straws and caps
- paper-based containers with metal ends, such as tubes used for crisps, gravy, and hot chocolate (please remove lids)
- dough paper containers
Glass banks (green)
These banks are for glass bottles and jars, of all colours and sizes.
Mixed recycling banks (blue)
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.
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.
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.