Hey Presto Pizza

28 August 2014 by


Here’s another tasty recipe for the weekend from Love Food Hate Waste website. Use up leftovers and save money!

This fast version of pizza is tasty, quick to make and versatile. You can use all sorts of ingredients and really load it with different toppings.  

Serves: 2- 3 :Prep time: 

Cooking time: 15-20 mins


  • 1 ciabatta loaf, cut in half lengthways 
  • Dash olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 250g (8oz) vegetables, roughly chopped (e.g. 1 red, 1 yellow pepper, mushrooms)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 heaped teaspoon dried oregano
  • Good pinch pepper
  • 200g (7oz) tomatoes, chopped (fresh or tinned)
  • 125g (4oz) ball mozzarella, thinly sliced (or any grated cheese)


  1. Add the oil to a pan with the onion and cook for 2 minutes, then add the other vegetables and stir regularly for 5 minutes ensuring they are evenly cooked.
  2. Add the garlic, oregano, black pepper and chopped tomatoes and mix well, bring to the boil then turn down the heat, cover and simmer 3-4 minutes.
  3. Put the ciabatta onto a baking tray and spread the vegetables evenly over the top. Then arrange the cheese and bake in a preheated oven 200ºC/Gas 7/ 425ºF for 8-10 minutes.


Use up
Cooked vegetables and meats can be added to the topping, along with any leftover pasta sauces. Any leftover bread can be frozen and used up next time.  If using half a 400g (large) tin of tomatoes, use the remaining half in a pasta dish, vegetable Bolognese sauce or add to a stew or casserole.

Pain in the drain

28 August 2014 by




Fat, oil and grease (FOG) poured down sinks contributes to 75 per cent of all drain and sewer blockages.

These fats and oils collect inside the sewers and over time harden to a concrete-like material and restrict the flow of wastewater in the pipes. (As shown in picture above)

These blockages can cause wastewater to back up through toilets and sinks into homes and businesses or escape through manholes into streets and rivers. 

How to prevent this

  • Pour or scrape greasy or oily food waste into a container or jar
  • Allow grease to cool in the container before throwing it in the waste bin or alternitively pop this down to your local Household recycling centre
  • Wipe and scrape utensils and plates before washing them and dispose of any waste with your household rubbish
  • Consider using a fat tray or empty container to collect excess fat and oil (remember once it solidifies it can be scrapped into your food waste bin)
  • Use strainers in the sink to collect food particles

Can you do just ‘One More Thing?’

26 August 2014 by



Zero waste week runs 1st – 7th September 2014.

This year the theme is “One More Thing” – what ONE more thing could YOU do?

Here are some ideas to do just ‘one more thing’ this zero waste week and be a part of this opportunity to reduce landfill waste & save money.

Here are Eight reasons why you should join in!

Try taking up the challenge next week. 

No change to Bank Holiday collections

22 August 2014 by

Dorset recycling collection crewHooray,  it’s Bank Holiday weekend! But no need to worry about bins – you can relax knowing we will be collecting as normal on Monday.

If you have a Monday bin collection, there’s no change on Bank Holidays. So sit back, relax and enjoy your weekend.

You can check your collection dates online any time, anywhere on a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

By going online instead of requesting a printed calendar you can help us save money, paper and carbon.

Leftover recipe ideas:Crunchy fruit and oat crumble

22 August 2014 by



Serve up a fruity crumble this bank holiday. This version is much lower in fat than traditional crumble and great for using up all sorts of odds and ends.

 Serves: 4. rep time: 15 mins. Cooking time: 15-20 mins


  • 2-3 slices bread (100g/3oz), crumbled (stale is fine)
  • 50g (2oz) rolled oats (or muesli or granola)
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds (or sliced almonds)
  • 400g (14oz) any fruit (e.g. 2 apples plus berries)
  • 100ml (3floz) fruit juice (we used apple juice)
  • 2 tablespoons runny honey


  1. Add crumbled bread, oats and seeds/nuts to a bowl and mix well.
  2. Chop the unpeeled, cored apples and put in an ovenproof dish with the berries and fruit juice.
  3. Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top then drizzle with honey
  4. Bake in a preheated oven 180ºC/Gas 6/ 350ºF for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Serve immediately with a little Greek yoghurt, custard or cream.

Top tips for recycling

14 August 2014 by

UK households produce around 28 million tonnes of waste each year. Since we have launched  ‘recycle for dorset’ in Christchurch, East Dorset and North Dorset we now recycle over 60% of our waste. Here’s some tips to help save money,  drive up our recycling figure and keep Dorset green.

  1. Let your council help
    Dorset Waste Partnership take care of glass, plastic, paper, cans and garden cuttings. Make sure you make the most of your service.
  2. Part and parcel
    Buy products with less packaging – why spend money on something you throw away? For items you use regularly, buying in bulk reduces excess card and plastic.
  3. Pass it on
    Charity shops are a great way to pass on unwanted items – and if you want some cash back, try a car boot sale or ebay.
  4. Electric alternatives
    Some retailers are happy to take back old electrical items and most can be used for parts. Your local council may also accept them at their waste recycling centre.
  5. Interior designs
    Furniture and accessories made from reclaimed or recycled material such as glass, wood or plastic are becoming increasingly stylish and innovative. Think solid craftsmanship instead of flimsy, disposable flat packs.
  6. Postal services
    Put up a sign to ward off junk mail and re-use envelopes by sticking labels over the address or recycle them. For things like bank statements, why not view them online rather than having them posted?
  7. Battery powered
    Dorset Waste Partnership offer battery recycling – or how about the rechargeable option which could also save you money.
  8. Fantastic, it’s not plastic!
    150,000,000 plastic bags are used in the UK every week and each takes around 100 years to rot away. Reuse them or take canvas bags to the supermarket – they’re easier to carry and won’t split.

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