Get Composting!

16 September 2014 by

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Did you know up to 30 per cent of what you throw away each week could be turned into nutrient rich compost?

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden.

Composting isn’t difficult and you can really make something more out of your veg peelings, garden waste and even the dust from your vacuum cleaner.

Dorset Waste Partnership has teamed up with to bring residents compost bins from as little £19.98 visit Dorset for you to find out more.


For more advice on how to make the most out of composting at home and the compost bin offers available for Dorset residents visit the Dorset for you composting page.

The story of food

12 September 2014 by

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When you throw away food you are not just wasting the food, but also the resources such as energy, fuel, time and water that went into growing, harvesting, storing, transporting and cooking the food. Then it produces methane if buried in landfill sites.

Love Food Hate Waste website shows a diagram of the story of food from seed to the leftovers we throw away. How to make the most of your food and avoid waste.


Leftover recipe: Tasty chicken soup

11 September 2014 by

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This tasty chicken soup from Love Food Hate Waste is very easy to make and great for using up leftovers. You can also make this soup with any leftover cooked vegetables instead, you just need to reduce the cooking time to 10 minutes.


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, washed and sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium potato, diced
  • 2 Oxo Chicken Cubes
  • 900ml hot water
  • 250g cooked chicken, diced
  • Black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and leek then sauté for 5 minutes until softened.
  2. Add the carrots and potatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Crumble the Oxo Chicken cubes into the pan and pour over the 900ml hot water then gently simmer covered for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Add the (pre-cooked) chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes ensuring that the chicken is thoroughly heated through. If you prefer a creamy chicken soup add a swirl of cream or crème fraîche just before serving.

Reduce your nappy bill- get real!

9 September 2014 by

real nappies on a washing line

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New App to help waste less and save money!

5 September 2014 by


In the UK, we throw away 7m tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, most of which could have been eaten if only it was managed better.


This  food and drink costs us £12.5bn a year. You can save almost £60 per month by throwing away less food, and help the environment by saving energy, water and reducing harmful gases.


The all new Love Food Hate Waste App has arrived on iphone and android and allows you to easily keep track of food planning, shopping, cooking meals and making the most of leftovers. The App also has lots of great recipe ideas and tips for using forgotten foods and leftovers to make great tasting meals.


  • Loads  of great recipes with simple step-by-step instructions, with new recipes added all the time
  • Discover recipes instantly that you can make with ingredients you already have in your kitchen
  • Portion Planner: we can help you calculate how much you need of the most popular foods
  • Meal Planner: a diary for planning recipes, meals and leftovers up to 14 days in advance
  • My Kitchen: store all the info about what you’ve got at home in your fridge, cupboard and freezer
  • Shopping List: track everything you need for your planned meals and alerts you if you have duplicates of any ingredients
  • Achievements: unlock badges and share your culinary accomplishments with friends & family

Download the app here.


Get creative at the Dorset County Show this weekend

4 September 2014 by

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It’s the Dorset County Show this Saturday & Sunday.

Come along to the ‘recycle for Dorset’ stand where you will be able to participate in the following activities,


  • Free children’s badge making
  • Free gift for everyone who completes a questionnaire on the new service
  • Information on the real nappy incentive scheme
  • Lots of recipe ideas to take away from Love Food Hate Waste
  • Information about composting

We will also be able to answer any questions you have on recycling or the new ‘recycle for Dorset’ scheme.

Look forward to seeing you there!



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.


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