22 May 2013
If you live in Purbeck you have until 31 July to apply for an optional, chargeable garden waste service, beginning in November.
By having your garden waste collected from the kerbside, you could save time, fuel and money and help the environment by cutting down on trips to your local household recycling centres and the need for bonfires.
The service offers a fortnightly collection and a choice of bins:
- 240-litre wheelie bin £35 per year
- 120-litre reusable bag for £25 per year
You can apply and pay by using the quick and secure online form at http://www.dorsetforyou.com/recyclefordorset/gardenwaste or by calling 01305 221040.
The garden waste collected in Dorset is taken for natural composting, where it is turned into high-grade, soil-improving compost.
21 May 2013
PG Tips has joined forces with Recyclebank to offer you money off vouchers if you pledge to recycle your teabags.
Every year, our love of tea produces 370,000 tonnes of used teabags around the UK. If sent to landfill all these teabags produce harmful greenhouse gasses as they decompose.
How to recycle your tea bags:
- Don’t have room for a compost bin? You can simply open the bags and scatter the tea leaves around your plants; the caffeine acts as an excellent natural herbicide
- If you receive a food waste collection, simply pop them in your food waste bin
18 May 2013
Did you know: The average UK household spends £680 a year on food that ends up in the bin. This leads to a massive 7.2 tonnes of extra waste every year.
If you want to make a change try our favourite ways to save food and money using your freezer:
- Freeze leftovers, simply portion, cool, label and pop in your freezer.
- If you’re not going to have time to eat your meat put it in the freezer before the use by date and use within 24 hours of defrosting.
- Did you know pasta sauces and pesto can be frozen? Only cook what you need and freeze leftover sauces for another meal.
- You can freeze leftover rice if you make too much. This handy video from Love Food Hate Waste tells you how.
- Wrap food carefully or store it in air-tight containers to avoid freezer burn.
- If you like fresh herbs try chopping them, popping them in an ice-cube tray and adding a little water, perfect every time!
17 May 2013
Thanks to a nationwide campaign by GlaxoSmithKline called ‘complete the cycle’ inhalers can now by recycled rather than sent for incineration or landfill.
According to GSK research 512,330 tonnes of CO2 could be saved if every person in the UK returned all their inhalers for one year.*
To recycle your empty or out of date inhalers use the quick postcode search to find out where your nearest participating pharmacy.
* GSK data on file. UK Inhaler recycing & environmental claims July 12
15 May 2013
Looking for ways to reduce your waste? Here are our top tips:
- Try the Love Food Hate Waste portion planner and see how much food, money and waste you can save
- Register with the Mail Preference Service and limit the amount of junk mail you recieve
- Buy concentrated products and refills, like detergent and coffee and cut down on packaging
- Use rechargeable batteries, they last up to 1000 longer
- Remember to take a cloth bag or old plastic bags shopping with you
- Make your own compost from your garden waste and fruit and veg peelings
- Switch to real nappies, and you could cut your waste by 50 per cent
14 May 2013
Has the spark gone out between you and your hair dryer? Or have you lost the connection with your phone? Well you can now recycle them at the new small electricals recycling bank in Southill car park, Weymouth.
- DVD/VCR players
- Electric toothbrushes
- Small electrical DIY tools
- Clocks (battery or electrical)
- Computer games
- And other small electricals
- Broken items
- Video tapes
Please recycle large or broken electrical items at your local HRC.
8 May 2013
If you live in Weymouth or Portland and recieve a weekly black sack collection you can apply for a free gull proof bag to protect you rubbish.
Gull proof bags:
- Help to protect your rubbish from vermin
- Help to reduce litter on your streets
- Fold flat for easy storage between collections
To claim your free bag call the Dorset Waste Partnership on 01305 838000.
6 May 2013
Did you know up to 30 per cent of what you throw away each week could be turned into nutrient rich compost? Dorset Waste Partnership has teamed up with getcomposting.com to bring residents compost bins for as little as 16.98.
It is more important than ever to reduce the waste we send to landfill, and composting is a great way to do this. Not only could you drastically reduce you waste every week but you end up with nutrient rich compost to use in your garden.
If composting isn’t for you, the new recycle for Dorset garden waste service is now available, or will be very shortly, in Christchurch, East Dorset and North Dorset. A year’s subscription is available from £25 for a bag service, or £35 for a bin service.
3 May 2013
Spice up your garden by decorating your compost bin for Compost Awareness week this year which starts on 6th May.
Garden Organic, in association with Master Composters have organised ‘Decorate your compost bin’ competition, all you have to do is get creative with your bin, take a snapshot of your artwork and e-mail or post it to Garden Organic by Wednesday 8th May.
It’s a great opportunity for all the family to get involved with composting with categories for under 11’s, 11-18 years and adults. You can even enter as a group or class; simply complete the application as normal and give average age of the group.
If you haven’t got a compost bin yet don’t worry, Dorset Waste Partnership have teamed up with getcomposting.com so you can make the most of your kitchen scraps and garden waste without breaking the bank.
For inspiration and more details on how to enter visit Garden Organic.