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Look out for your leaflet

10 May 2012

Leaflet for Christchurch and East Dorset residents about changes to recycling and rubbish collections this October

If you live Christchurch or parts of East Dorset, you should be receiving a letter and leaflet in the next few weeks about changes to your recycling and rubbish collections.

The changes come into place in October, when the new ‘recycle for Dorset’ service will replace existing services in these areas.

With the new service you will be able to recycle more at home, including cardboard and plastic packaging, will have food waste collected every week and have the option to subscribe to a fortnightly, paid-for garden waste collection.

Your leaflet explains what the new service will look like, including the new containers, and what will happen next. Most people will be able to use the ‘standard’ service, but if there’s a reason this won’t work for your property or needs, you can apply for a non-standard service.

The new service is being introduced in phases across Dorset (not including Bournemouth and Poole) between this October and 2015.  Keep an eye on this blog for updates.

Which part of East Dorset?

The part of East Dorset that will change to the new service in October includes Ameysford, Ashley Heath, Colehill, Ferndown, Longham, Parley, Stapehill, St Leonards and St Ives, Three Legged Cross, Verwood, West Moors and Wimborne.


Born-again bikes

13 April 2012

Photo: Battersea Cogs Home /

Ever wondered what happens to those bicycles you see abandoned padlocked to lamposts, stripped of their working parts? Some of them end up being recycled and sent to new lives in Africa. Check out this Guardian blog post about some inventive schemes for repurposing those unwanted bike carcasses around the country.

Can you help give Dorset’s beautiful beaches a spring clean?

4 April 2012

The 2012 Great Dorset Beach Clean takes place on Sunday 15 April.

Dorset Countryside Rangers, who organise the annual event, are calling on volunteers to help make sure our beaches are beautiful for the London 2012 sailing events and the thousands of visitors who will flock to our shores this summer.

The beach clean is a chance to enjoy the fantastic Dorset coastline while helping the survival of both onshore wildlife and marine creatures that are affected by our rubbish floating out to sea.

If you care about Dorset and you care about reducing waste, then keep an eye on the event web page for details of the 26 glorious beaches between Christchurch and Lyme Regis where you can take part.

Savvy storage. Love your fridge!

11 January 2012

fridge. large version

Use a fridge thermometer to make sure your fridge is at the right temperature

Storing food in the right way helps keep it fresh and tasty for longer. Here are some tips to help you keep food fresher in the fridge: 

  • Remember to keep your fridge temperature below 5oC. 
  •  It’s best not to put bread in the fridge as it goes stale much quicker here.
  • The fridge is the ideal place to store most of your fruit and veg. Exceptions are bananas, pineapples, potatoes and onions. 
  • Fresh fruit and veg need to breathe in the fridge so don’t store them in completely sealed containers. Fruit and veg packaging has been designed to help it stay fresh for longer, so don’t take the packaging off until you’re ready to eat the food.
  •  Once opened, food like cheese and ham keep better if they’re well wrapped by re-closing the pack, wrapping in cling film or foil, or putting it in an air tight container.
  •   If you aren’t going to eat it, remember you can freeze food before the ‘use by’ date. Defrost when you need it and use within 24 hours.
  • Wrap lettuce, carrots, courgettes etc. in kitchen paper then put them in plastic bags in the salad compartment of the fridge. They keep fresh for ages. The paper stops the condensation from softening the veg and stops mould.

 There are lots more fridge storage tips at:




Plans to save £2million from Dorset’s waste services

29 November 2010

Councillors representing all seven Dorset councils have agreed to sign up to a Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP), which aims to achieve savings of up to £2m per year by 2015/16.


Bridport HRC update

14 July 2010

Glass recycling (large version)A planning application to extend temporary consent on Bridport’s existing household recycling centre (HRC) for a further three years, while we work to deliver a modern, clean and efficient HRC and waste transfer station for the area, has been submitted.

The present household recycling centre in South Street has temporary planning permission until 31 August 2010.

You can view the South Street planning application and supporting documents here.

Information about the seven short-listed sites and the subsequent reports can be found here.

Tap it

7 July 2010

Take the tap water challenge (large version)This summer, we’re daring you to take the tap water challenge and rediscover the taste of clean, fresh tap water.

Part of a new campaign to help save money, waste and energy, we are calling for you to turn back to the tap. Our recycling teams will be out and about making a splash at events across the county promoting the benefits of ditching bottled water in favour of filling up from the tap.

If you lead a busy lifestyle, it’s often easy to grab a bottle of water on the go, but tap water tastes just as good and it’s much better for the environment. It’s safe, has a low carbon footprint, and generates no packaging waste.

So come along to our tap water challenge roadshows and see whether you can taste the difference between bottled and tap water. The first one takes place in Bond Street, Weymouth on 14 July 2010.

A chance to have your say on HRCs

28 May 2010

Fridge recycling (large version)

This summer, you have the chance to give your views on the county council’s 11 household recycling centres (HRCs).

Throughout June and July, market research staff will be visiting each HRC carrying out face-to-face customer satisfaction surveys about the current recycling facilities and the level of service provided.

You will be asked for feedback on all aspects of the service including the range of recycling facilities available, reuse areas, cleanliness and maintenance of the sites and your overall satisfaction with the level of customer service provided.

The survey is also available online, so please take five minutes to complete it.

We welcome your feedback.

Residents flocked to public exhibition

26 May 2010

Bridport public exhibition day (large version)

Thank you to everyone who came along to the public exhibition and gave their views on the seven short-listed sites for a new waste management centre in the Bridport area. More than 400 residents attended.

It was a chance to find out more about the sites, talk to consultants and staff about the advantages and constraints of each location and learn more about the site selection and evaluation process.

Residents’ feedback on the sites will be reviewed and incorporated into the final stage of assessment in the search to find the most suitable site for a new waste management centre for the area.

If you were unable to get to the exhibition, the information boards displayed at the event are available online.

Lilac Farm short-listed

12 May 2010

Lilac Farm (large version)Lilac Farm has been added to the short-list of sites for a new and efficient household recycling centre and waste transfer station in Bridport.

Lilac Farm lies to the east of the Green Lane site and has direct access off the A35. It was identified as a result of a general enquiry into the availability and ownership of the Green Lane site and will join six short-listed sites for more in-depth evaluation.

The seven short-listed sites are:

  • Broomhills Farm
  • Eype Junction
  • Gore Cross North of Watford Lane
  • Green Lane
  • Lilac Farm
  • Miles Cross 1
  • Miles Cross 2

You can find out more about these sites at a public exhibition on Friday 21 May (11am to 6pm) and Saturday 22 May (9:3am to 12:30pm) at Bridport Town Hall.

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