Posts Tagged ‘Council’

Love your electricals, set your old ones free

23 June 2010

Small WEEE (large version)Has your kettle run out of steam? Is your toaster singeing your toast? Many of us are already recycling everyday items such as newspapers, cans and bottles. But did you know that old and unused electrical items can also become useful again?

To celebrate Recycle Now week (21 to 27 June), a series of three recycling roadshows are taking place in the west of the county. If you have any unwanted small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) like toasters or kettles gathering dust in your home, take them along to one of the roadshows.

Dorset Reclaim has arranged to have special drop off points for small electrical items at the events to save you the hassle of getting rid of them.

So come along and see our recycling team at one of the following:

  • 23 June – Culverhayes car park, Sherborne – 10am to 2pm
  • 24 June – Bucky Doo Square, Bridport – 10am to 2pm
  • 25 June – South Street, Dorchester – 10am to 2pm

St Johns First School go green

1 June 2010

Gemma Coles with pupils from St Johns First School (large version)As part of their environment week, pupils at St Johns First School were visited by East Dorset’s waste reduction manager, Gemma Coles, to learn about how to divert rubbish away from landfill by reducing, reusing and recycling waste.

Year four pupils enjoyed a visit to the materials recovery facility at Hurn, near Bournemouth Airport, where recycling is taken and stored. Here they saw how cans and plastic bottles are separated, squashed and bailed up before being transported to different places to be made into new products. They also had a chance to learn all about composting at Eco Sustainable Solutions.

There was also an opportunity for the children to get creative by taking part in a reuse competition, which involved making something new from rubbish.

Linda Sharpe, teacher at St Johns said, ‘The whole week was a great success, the children loved all the fun activities and speakers we had in.’

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.

A bit of give and take in Weymouth

19 May 2010

Reuse (large version)

Your junk could be another person’s treasure. You can de-clutter your home, swap unwanted items or pick up a great bargain at a Give or Take day (opens in a new window) being held at Southill Community Centre in Weymouth on Saturday 22 May.

These community waste exchange events are a chance to get rid of any reusable items like books, toys, clothes, bric-a-brac small furniture, jewellery and bikes you no longer want and pick up something you do. Even if you don’t have anything to give, you can come along and take something away free of charge.

These events provide an opportunity to reduce waste by reusing household items instead of throwing them away. This saves on landfill space, reduces fly tipping, and also contributes towards saving valuable resources.

The event runs from 9:30am to 12 noon and items can be dropped off from 9am to 11am. Electrical items cannot be accepted.

If you can’t make the Give or Take day this Saturday, check our recycling events page to see when the next one is taking place.

Real nappies hit the road

6 May 2010

Modern, colourful real nappies (large version)From baby to toddler, it’s estimated that disposable nappies cost parents around £1,000 per child. Parents and parents-to-be can cut this cost by over half by using real nappies instead.

We are running a series of real nappy roadshows around the county during May for new mums and dads to discover more about real nappies and ask any questions.

Roadshows are taking place on:

  • 10 May 2010 Christchurch Market 8.30am – 1pm
  • 11 May 2010 Bond Street, Weymouth 9:30am – 1pm
  • 12 May 2010 South Street, Dorchester 10am – 12.30pm
  • 13 May 2010 Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre, Wimborne 10am – 12.30pm
  • 26 May 2010 Sainsbury’s, Wareham 10am – 2pm
  • 27 May 2010 Corn Exchange, Blandford 8.30am – 1pm
  • 29 May 2010 Bucky Doo Square, Bridport 8.30am – 1pm

So come along and find out more!

Weymouth ‘Give it a Grow’

30 April 2010

Compost clinic at Goulds Garden Centre in Weymouth (large version)

To celebrate Compost Awareness Week (2-8 May), we are running a series of compost clinics at locations around the county. The first one kicked off at Goulds Garden Centre in Weymouth.

Visitors picked up some top tips on how to get started, how to make good compost and how to make the most of their compost bins.

Did you know the key to making good compost is in adding the right ingredients?

  • A 50/50 mix of ‘greens’ (tea bags, vegetable peelings, fruit scraps, old flowers, grass cuttings, spent bedding plants) and ‘browns’ (garden printings, coffee grounds, tissues and paper napkins, egg boxes, shredded or scrunched up paper) makes great compost.
  • Do not add meat fish or dairy products to your compost bin as this can attract vermin. Cooked vegetables and diseased plants should also be kept out as they can spoil your compost mix
  • Within nine months to a year your compost will be mature enough to use. You’ll know it’s ready when the compost has turned into a dark, crumbly soil-like substance.
  • Don’t forget to keep adding greens and browns to top up the bin as the material at the bottom matures.

Come along to one our compost clinics to find out more!

Information days in Bridport

23 April 2010

Bottle recycling (large version)We will be holding public information days at Bridport Town Hall in May. These are a chance for you to find out more about the proposals and short-listed sites for an integrated waste management centre in the Bridport area.


  • Friday 21 May, 11am to 6pm
  • Saturday 22 May, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Find out more about the sites under consideration, the Bridport Waste Management Facility Review of Alternative Sites Stage 1A report and talk to county council staff about the next stage of review.

We hope to see you there.

Happy babies

14 April 2010

Selection of real nappies (large version)Our real nappy incentive scheme, offering parents and parents-to-be £30 towards the cost of buying real nappies, has now been running for two years. We asked mums and dads that have used the scheme to let us know about their experience of using real nappies. Great news, the results revealed that a massive 98 per cent said they are continuing to use them!

Here are the questionnaire results:

  • 94 per cent said they would use real nappies on subsequent children
  • 94 per cent said they would recommend real nappies to other parents
  • 87 per cent haven’t needed any assistance using real nappies
  • 43 per cent reported that the main reason they use them is to prevent waste going to landfill
  • 28 per cent said their main reason for using them was to make financial savings

More than 250 parents completed our questionnaire.

Find out more about modern real nappies and our incentives scheme here.

Packaging news

7 April 2010

What’s going on to reduce packaging?

Good news, the Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP) has unveiled a commitment aimed at reducing the carbon impact of packaging in the food and grocery sector.

Targets to be achieved by the end of 2012 include:

  • Reducing the carbon impact of grocery packaging by 10 per cent
  • Reducing household food and drink wastes by 4 per cent
  • Reducing traditional grocery product and packaging waste in the supply chain by five per cent

More than 40 major retailers, brands and manufacturers from the sector signed up to the original Courtauld Commitment in 2005, which focused on packaging and food waste. In 2008, the first objective was successfully achieved – stopping growth in packaging despite increases in both sales and population in the UK.

Read more about WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 (opens in a new window).

Be an Egg-cellent recycler this Easter

1 April 2010

Are you looking forward to tucking into some tasty chocolate treats this Easter? Did you know 3,000 tonnes of Easter egg packaging is produced in the UK each year?

Enjoy Easter and limit your egg-stra waste by trying our top recycling tips:

  • Easter egg cardboard box – compress or fold this and take it to your nearest household recycling centre or recycling bank. It can also be torn up and put in your home composting bin
  • Foil – scrunch up aluminium foil and this can be recycled at some recycling banks
  • When buying your Easter treats, try to choose eggs with minimal packaging or ones using more recyclable materials
  • Try making your own tasty Easter treats – children love helping to make chocolate cornflake cakes as well as getting creative and hand painting/decorating eggs
  • Recycle any Easter cards you receive. You can also send your Easter greetings by e-card
  • Save the plastic egg shell and use it to make your own chocolate eggs next year

So after you’ve indulged in chocolate egg or two, remember to reuse and recycle as much of the packaging as possible.

Find out about what the retail industry (opens in a new window) has been doing to reduce Easter egg packaging.

Happy Easter!

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