Recycling in Lymington

Where to recycle - and what can be recycled - in the Lymington area

A to Z of recycling in Lymington

Lymington recycling map showing where to recycle what in Lymington


The Oxfam shop in the High Street specialises in second-hand books (also CDs and stamps). There are also book drop offs in Barfields car park, Waitrose car park, St Thomas car park and Bath Road car park (see map opposite).

Bottle Tops

Milk bottle tops are collected by 9th Lymington Sea Scout Group, Lymington Junior School and Mencap New Milton. 


There are paper and cardboard recycling points around town, plus Lymington Recycling Centre has a cardboard recycling bin - fold flat before depositing.

Foreign Currency

Foreign coins and notes - and old coins - are being collected by Lymington Junior School and Barclays Bank in Lymington.

Garden Waste

Lymington Recycling Centre has a garden waste recycling bin. Alternatively, sign up to the fortnightly garden waste service. More details here.


Glass bottles and jars are collected once every four weeks from households in your black box - or communal green bin if you live in flats. Find out more about your glass collection here.

In addition there are a number of glass recycling bins around town as shown on the map, including car parks: Barfields, Waitrose, St Thomas, Cannon Street, Bath Road. Plus at: Conservative Club, Masonic Hall, Lymington Yacht Haven, The Ferryman, The Borough Arms.


Recycling points at the Town Hall car park, Waitrose car park, St Thomas car park, Lymington Yacht Haven, Bath Road car park, The Ferryman, Cannon Street car park. 

Printer Cartridges

Small printer cartridges (not toner) are collected at The Lymington Centre and by 9th Lymington Sea Scout Group. 


The European Recycling Company have a shoe recycling bank in around 3000 sites and are the only specialist shoe recyclers in the UK, they take all footwear, in any condition. Find shoe recycling points in Barfields car park, Waitrose car park and Bath Road car park (see map opposite).


Vision Aid Overseas is a charity dedicated to helping people in the developing world whose lives are blighted by poor eyesight. Unwanted spectacles are collected by Specsavers in Lymington and Kellys Eye Care in Brockenhurst.


Used stamps are collected by 9th Lymington Sea Scout Group and Lyndhurst Community Centre for the RSPB.


Collection points at Barfields car park, Waitrose car park, St Thomas car park, Cannon Street car park, Lymington Junior School and Lymington Recycling Centre.

Mobile phones & printer cartridges 

As the industry’s largest UK recycling company, The Recycling Factory collect over 8 million inkjet & toner cartridges and mobile phones each year whilst upholding our commitment to zero landfill, which ensures that products are disposed of in an ethical & environmentally friendly way.


Household recycling


Recycling is collected from all households in the New Forest every week in clear sacks. Find your collection day here. Fill your clear sack with household recycling, tie it and place it at the edge of your property for collection each week. Sacks should be put out for collection no earlier than 6pm on the evening before collection and no later than 6am on the day of collection. Recycling should be placed loose in the sack; any items contained in carrier bags within the sack cannot be taken.

What CAN be recycled in the clear sacks:
  • Paper, including Newspapers - Magazines - Junk Mail - Catalogues - Directories - Leaflets - Brochures - Note paper - Office paper - Scrap Paper - Envelopes - Cardboard - Cereal boxes - Yellow Pages - Christmas cards - Cardboard packaging

NB: you should NOT recycle anything which includes anybody's personal information. Businesses must pay particular care, especially with the new regulations relating to GDPR and data protection.

  • Plastic bottles, including Squash - Cleaner - Shampoo - Conditioner - Milk - Drink

NB: do NOT put the lids in the clear sacks (see above for milk bottle tops)

  • Cans, including Food Tins - Drinks Cans - Empty Aerosols (hairspray, deodorant and polish)
What CANNOT be recycled in the clear sacks:
  • Glass (use glass box collection or recycling banks - see above)
  • Textiles (use recycling banks - see above)
  • Shredded paper (use recycling banks - see above)
  • Batteries
  • Gift wrap
  • Drink cartons
  • Tetra paks
  • Food scraps
  • Plastic tubs
  • Plastic bags 
  • Plastic food trays
  • Polystyrene
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Foil

Household Waste Recycling Centre

efford recycling centreLymington's recycling centre is at Efford: Milford Road, Pennington, Lymington. SO41 8EZ. It is open 7 days a week, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day when this site is closed

9am to 4pm 1 October to 28 February
9am to 5pm 1 March to 31 March
9am to 6pm 1 April to 30 September

Check to see if your vehicle requires a permit here.


Accepted items:   
 Not accepted:  
  •  Batteries
  • Bedding, quilts, pillows, sleeping bags
  • Car batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Christmas trees (real)
  • Electrical equipment
  • Fridges/freezers
  • Furniture
  • Garden waste
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Light bulbs
  • Mattress
  • Mobile phones
  • Printer cartridges
  • Scrap metal
  • Textiles
  • Wallpaper
  • Wood
  • Animal waste                                     
  • Asbestos
  • Cooking oil
  • Engine oil
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Gas bottles
  • Paint
  • Plasterboard
  • Rubble
  • Soil







  • Ammunition
  • Diesel
  • Explosives
  • Flares
  • Fuel - petrol or diesel
  • Household and garden chemicals
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Medicines
  • Pesticides
  • Petrol, oil, and other fuels
  • Tyres
  • White spirit







For more information about recycling in the local area, please contact New Forest District Council as detailed below, or visit:

New Forest District Council

Town Hall
Avenue Road
SO41 9ZG
Tel: 02380 285959
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