Recycle Week tips: in the living room

25 June 2015 by

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This week is Recycle week and the theme is recycling around the home. Every day this week on the Recycle for Dorset blog we are looking at different rooms and looking at what can be recycled.

Today it’s the living room

  • envelopes,
  • newspapers
  • cardboard packaging from online shopping
  • old magazines
  • empty tissue boxes

All can go straight into the recycling. Even air fresheners can make a difference, if one aluminium air freshener aerosol is recycled by everyone in the UK; enough energy could be saved to vacuum over 876,000 homes for a year – that’s a lot of tidy homes!


For more ideas on recycling and hints and tips to save money and help the environment visit the Recycle for Dorset Blog


Recycle Week tips: in the bathroom

23 June 2015 by


So you’ve got a recycling routine that works for you and you know it inside and out. You know what can be collected for recycling and which container to put your recycling in. There’s not one empty plastic milk bottle or glass bottle in sight in the kitchen – they’re all patiently waiting to be collected for recycling. The job is done! But is it really? Surely there can’t be anything else that can be recycled…and if there is, where would you find them?

This week is Recycle Week and the theme is recycling around the home. Every day this week we are looking at different rooms and looking at what can be recycled.

Today we are thinking about the bathroom, are you sure there isn’t anything in there that could go in your recycling collection?

  • Toothpaste boxes and toilet roll inner tubes can definitely go in
  • Along with plastic shampoo, bleach and bathroom cleaners,
  • Liquid soap bottles – just remember to remove the trigger spray and pump dispenser tops!

There’s so many items in the bathroom waiting to be recycled that can make a huge difference. For instance, if everyone in the UK recycled one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year.


For more ideas on recycling and hints and tips to save money and help the environment visit the Recycle for Dorset Blog

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Recycle Week 2015

19 June 2015 by

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Recycle Week this year is taking place from 22 – 28 June 2015. The theme is going to be ‘recycling around the home’.


The idea is to get us all thinking about all the items we can recycle from around the home that we might not previously have thought about recycling, room by room.


Your recycling efforts are really making a difference to the Recycle for Dorset service. We want to help people to recycle everything they possibly can either in their recycling collection at home or at local recycling banks and Household Recycling Centres (the tip!)


Every day this week we will take a room for the home, starting off with the kitchen.


  • Along with usual drinks bottles in the kitchen, you can also recycle plastic liquid bottles and pots, tubs and trays.
  • Remember to look in cupboards under the sink for plastic bleach and surface cleaner bottles. (Its good to know that plastic drinks bottles can be turned into footy shirts, fleeces and even more plastic bottles.
  • Cans and tins can come back as car parts or aeroplane wings – in fact, drinks cans from around the home are recycled into new cans which can be back on the selves in just 8 weeks.
  • Breakfast cereal, dishwasher tablets and kitchen wrap boxes often get left behind, so remember to pop these into recycling too.


Don’t forget – for cheap and fun way to entertain the children, why not use all the plastic bottles, trays, tubs, jars etc to make super arts and craft activities. For more ideas on these visit the Recycle for Dorset Blog

How to have a tasty BBQ on a budget

5 June 2015 by


With nice weather expected this weekend, why not have a BBQ. Here are some ideas from Love Food Hate Waste on how to have a tasty BBQ on a budget

1. Go for quality over quantity when it comes to meat and your friends will be really impressed by the taste.  Buy some British chicken thighs (much cheaper than chicken breasts) and make kebabs with them, adding onions, peppers, mushrooms etc to make the meat go further.

2. Keep all your meat in the fridge until you need it rather than leaving it to get warm in the sun. This way if it’s not all eaten you can freeze it for another time.

3. Never leave cooked meat out for longer than 2 hours and make sure it goes into the fridge within that timeto ensure you can have some for tea or for tomorrow’s lunch. Leaving meat in the sun for too long is the sure way to a dodgy tummy OR a complete waste of money as you throws them away.

4. Don’t forget the side dishesand make sure they are ones you know you will eat up if there are any leftovers – the fridge rule applies here too! Think about what you have lying around and in the freezer and use up odds and ends rather than buying in new. Leftover pasta in the fridge or freezer? Turn it into a pasta salad with mayonnaise and frozen peas or add some dressing a few salad leaves.

5. Make your own hummus as a dip- oh so cheap and tastes great. Soak dried chickpeas overnight and cook in advance for the cheapest option rather than buying in tins. Simply chuck in tin chickpeas, 2 small cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of tahini (can stay in the fridge for weeks if you keep it covered in oil) and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a blender and blitz until it looks like a dip. Serve withcarrot sticks (if they are looking droopy chop off the top and tail and put in cold water for 30 mins to crisp up), celery, bread (looking a bit stale? Dunk in water and put in a hot over for a few mins – crisps up perfectly for this).

6. Do jacket potatoes wrapped in foil(top tip – start them in the microwave first to get them going). Don’t buy massive potatoes specifically as you are paying for the size and uniformity. Just buy a range and they will suit all sizes and appetites)

7. If you have any Mediterranean vegetablesto use up, such as courgettes, aubergines and peppers, brush them with olive oil and char grill until soft

8. Keep the children entertained by giving them refreshing lollies made with left over fruit juice, smoothies and yoghurts frozen into ice-lolly moulds.


Remember to Recycle all those beer/wine and fizzy drinks bottles as well as tubs, trays and pots as part of the Recycle for Dorset service.

Leftover recipe ideas- Honey-mustard chicken pasta

29 May 2015 by

honeymustard pastaHere’s a  tasty recipe idea to use up any leftover chicken after your roast. Try this yummy pasta dish

Cooking time- Prep:10 mins  Cook:10 mins

Serves 4



  • 300g farfalle or other pasta shape
  • 3 tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise (use full-fat if you prefer)
  • 1 heaped tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 300g cooked chicken, torn into rough pieces
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced (or use ½ red onion, thinly sliced)
  • small bunch basil, leaves roughly torn
  • 4 tomatoes, quartered, then each chunk halved


Boil the pasta, then cool under running water. Mix the mayo, mustard and honey in a large bowl and loosen with a little water to make a dressing the consistency of double cream. Add the pasta, chicken, onions, basil and tomatoes, season to taste, and then gently mix together.

For more recipe ideas and tips on reducing food waste and saving money visit Love Food Hate Waste and  Recycle for Dorset Blog.

Ideas for a crafty half term

26 May 2015 by

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If the kids are starting to get bored this half term, here are some art and craft ideas to help keep them entertained. Activities that are fun, low cost and helps teach children about recycling.

Bank Holiday rubbish collections

22 May 2015 by

Dorset recycling collection crew


All Rubbish and recycling collections will be as normal this Bank Holiday Monday.

Download your collection calender and print at Dorset for you


Do your bit for Dorset’s beaches

24 April 2015 by

2015 beech clean Come join us Sunday 26 April for the annual Great Dorset Beach Clean at beaches along the Dorset coast. This year promises to be another great community event with hopes to top last year’s turn-out of almost 700 volunteers who collected nearly 900 bags of rubbish.

A beachmaster will be there to provide you with rubbish bags, gloves and instructions.

Please wear suitable clothing and shoes for the conditions.


Beach Time Meeting point
Lyme Regis 2 – 4pm Entrance to Slipway, Cobb Harbour
Seatown 10am – noon National Trust Land Rover at Seatown
Eype 10am – noon Eype Beach car park
West Bay- East Beach 2 – 4pm Station Road car park
Burton Bradstock 11am – 1pm Outside Hive Beach Cafe
Cogden Beach 11am – 1pm National Trust Land Rover on Beach
West Bexington 10am – noon Beach car park
Abbotsbury 10am – noon Abbotsbury Beach car park
Chesil Cove 10am – noon Promenade by Cove House Inn
Church Ope Cove 10am – noon On the beach
Ferrybridge 11am – 1pm Chesil Beach Centre
Newton’s Cove 11am – 1pm On the prom
Bowleaze Cove 10am – noon Slipway, Bowleaze Cove
Ringstead Beach & Bay 11am – 1pm Bottom car park at Ringstead
Lulworth Cove 10am – noon At the slipway
Worbarrow Bay & Pondfield Cove 2 – 4pm Follow path to beach from Tyneham car park
Swanage North Beach 11am – 12.30pm Outside The Bull & Boat Restaurant, North end of promenade
Holes Bay, Poole 10.30am – 12.30pm Cycleway by fire station roundabout, Holes Bay
Bournemouth 10am – noon Entrance to Bournemouth Pier on seafront
Friars Cliff, Christchurch 10.30am -12.30pm On wave wall below Steamer Point car park

Be freezer friendly: advice and facts to help save money

7 April 2015 by


WRAP’s latest figures suggest that upwards of 850,000 tonnes of food that could have been frozen is thrown away in the UK every year. That’s throwing away enough food to fill Wembley stadium, with the food itself worth up to £3bn – not factoring the cost of food waste disposal. Twenty per cent of households still throw away food because they have too much, or because it has been left to go bad.

WRAP are working with Iglo (parent group of Birdseye) for their latest campaign ifreeze to highlight the important role freezing can play in reducing food waste.

Freezers are a great way to make the most of your food. Here are the four golden rules to follow:

  1. You can freeze pretty much everything! The only exception is soft cheese as the texture goes very strange!
  1. The freezer acts like a pause button on food and so you can freeze it right up to the use-by date. It also stores safely for years – it’s just that the quality will start to deteriorate after three months. Ideally use within six months but don’t panic if it’s been there longer. It will just need longer, slower cooking and a bit more added flavour likes herbs and spices.
  1. Always wrap the food well in the freezer and don’t forget to label everything with the date and what it is.
  1. When you want to make use of it defrost overnight in the fridge, use within 24 hours and cook till piping hot. If you need it quickly food can be defrosted safely in the microwave.

No change to Easter collection dates

2 April 2015 by

EEmptying food waste slave bin into vehicle

Your rubbish, recycling and garden waste collections will continue as normal over the Easter period, including on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

You can check your next collection dates online.

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