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Recycling Directory

Verwoodians on Waste have compiled a list of local drop off points for recycling. If anything is missed off of this list please do post the location and content and we will amend the list accordingly.

Verwood Recycling Points

Potters Wheel car park

Our recycling bins can be found off of the Potters Wheel car park behind the Heritage Centre. You'll find them located in the bricked off area where the book bank used to be.

We are so thankful to the council for allowing us to use this area, as we are sure this will also make it far more convenient for you to recycle. It is also a huge help to our VOW team members, as it is down to our members volunteering, that these bins get emptied, checked and sent for recycling. 

However we implore everyone not to leave other waste in this area or contaminate the bins with the wrong waste. 

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OPRL (On-Pack Recycling Label)

WRAP and OPRL announced in January 2019, a strategic partnership which sets out how the two organisations will work together towards meeting the UK’s recycling targets. 

OPRL is based on the WRAP Recycle Now iconography and has been designed for use across the UK. It uses three simple symbols; each symbol indicates a different level of the availability of recycling facilities for the material specified below the Recycle Now symbol.

Underneath each symbol is a description of the particular item of packaging (e.g. sleeve, tray or film) and, below that, a one word description of the material used (e.g. card, metal, plastic, etc.).

There is also a symbol used on a few items of packaging collected both at the kerbside and from bring sites, such as multi-material beverage cartons e.g. Tetra Paks and metal foil packaging.

In addition to carrier bags, householders can now take other plastic film packaging back to supermarkets to recycle in front of store carrier bag banks. Householders simply need to look out for this label on packaging, which will be appearing on bakery, beverage, breakfast cereal, grocery produce and some household goods lines from mid-2011 onwards. The retailers participating in this initiative are Asda, the Co-operative, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.

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Recycling logos

Recycling logos

Packaging labels and recycling symbols are now appearing on lots of everyday items, and help us to identify how different types of packaging can be recycled. However, it can be confusing as to what goes where and if in fact, it is actually recyclable. Check out our guide to recycling logos below or download the handy pdf.

Widely Recycled

This label is applied to packaging that is collected by 75% or more of local authorities across the UK, for example plastic bottles.


Widely Recycled - Rinse

Rinsing packaging, for example food trays, ensures that any food residue doesn’t contaminate other materials, particularly if they are collected together with paper.


The Green Dot

The Green Dot does not necessarily mean that the packaging is recyclable, will be recycled or has been recycled. It is a symbol used on packaging in some European countries and signifies that the producer has made a financial contribution towards the recovery and recycling of packaging in Europe.


Mobius Loop

This indicates that an object is capable of being recycled, not that the object has been recycled or will be accepted in all recycling collection systems. Sometimes this symbol is used with a percentage figure in the middle to explain that the packaging contains x% of recycled material.


Plastic Resin Codes

This identifies the type of plastic resin used to make the item by providing a 'Resin Identification Code'. It is represented with a 'chasing arrows' symbol surrounding a a number between 1 and 7 that defines the resin used.



This symbol asks that you recycle the glass container. Please dispose of glass bottles and jars in a bottle bank, remembering to separate colours, or use your glass household recycling collection if you have one.



This symbol indicates that the item is made from recyclable aluminium.


Recyclable steel

This symbol means that the product is made of steel.

All local authorities collect steel cans for recycling. Other steel or metal items can be taken to your household recycling centre.



This symbol from Keep Britain Tidy asks you not to litter. It doesn't relate to recycling but is a reminder to be a good citizen, disposing of the item in the most appropriate manner.


Waste Electrical

This symbol explains that you should not place the electrical item in the general waste. Electrical items can be recycled through a number of channels.



Products certified to be industrially compostable according to the European standard EN 13432/14955 may bear the 'seedling' logo.

Never place compostable plastic into the recycling with other plastics; as it is designed to break down it cannot be recycled and contaminates recyclable plastics. Plastics that carry this symbol can be recycled with your garden waste through your local authority.


Home composting

In addition to the seedling symbol for industrial composting, you may see this one which means that it is suitable to be home composted.


Paper, card and wood

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo identifies wood-based products from well managed forests independently certified in accordance with the rules of the FSC.

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