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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Save money with our sizzling green BBQ ideas

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With the hot weather upon us, it’s the perfect time for a BBQ. Try our tips to help keep it green and save money:

Stars help spruce up Blandford sports ground

25 July 2014 by
Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson in Blandford

Dorset Waste Partnership town orderly Mike Fitches (left) with Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson at Larksmead in Blandford for the Karcher Cleans Britain event

Local families and members of Blandford Rugby Club met sporting heroes Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson on Tuesday when they came to help spruce up their new sports ground at Larksmead.

The rec won the national Kärcher Cleans Britain competition after it was entered by Blandford Forum Town Council’s clerk Linda Scott-Giles.

The A Question of Sport captains and Kärcher Deep Clean team were joined by the Dorset Waste Partnership’s town orderly Mike Fitches, volunteers, Rugby Club members and the Mayor of Blandford Forum Steve Hitchings.

Afterwards they took part in some  rugby and cricket on the newly levelled pitches, together with a demonstration of wheelchair rugby with members of Team Solent Sharks from Solent University.

Throughout the summer of sport, Kärcher is committed to encouraging the nation to clean up their communities with Kärcher Cleans Britain, and a network of cleans across the country are helping people to take pride in where they live and bring back some community spirit through sport.

Kärcher spokesman Arnold Bennett said: “This is one of the best turnouts we have ever had, and we’re very grateful for all the help Linda has given us.”

Green eggs and slam (… it in the recycling)

17 April 2014 by
Image: via Wikimedia Commons

Image: via Wikimedia Commons

Can you recycle eggstra this Easter?

Our chocolate eggs at this time of year create an estimated 3,000 tonnes of rubbish to deal with.

While manufacturers say they are doing lots to reduce packaging around those brightly coloured chocolate eggs, you’re still likely to be left with a small mountain of cardboard, plastic and foil once the choc has been chomped.

Be a good egg – recycle it

Thankfully, the Recycle for Dorset service now lets residents in Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck and part of West Dorset recycle card and rigid plastic packaging (if it’s like a plastic tub or tray, you can recycle it).

Aluminium foil can be taken to some mini recycling centres, where it is collected by charities.

And supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has announced that 50 of its stores will have Easter egg recycling points.

Make your own ‘green eggs’

Making your own Easter eggs is green, tasty, and easy than you think. You can even reuse the plastic from past eggs as a mould.

Avoid egg-cessive packaging

Look for eco-friendly Easter eggs where there is little to no plastic, and the packaging fits snugly around the egg.




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