Posts Tagged ‘Dorset Waste Partnership’

New year, new start on food recycling.

12 December 2014

recycle symbol

UK households throw away a massive £12 billion worth of food each year. By taking a few simple steps to avoid wasting food the average Dorset household can save up to £50 each month and contribute to the same environmental impact of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road!


Top 4 tips to reducing food waste:

  1. Make a shopping list and only buy what you need. We tend to overbuy and overcook and it can lead to food going to waste.


  1. Make the most of your freezer – Freezing leftovers on the day they were cooked means they can be eaten up to a month later.


  1. Check your dates – Try and cook food with earlier dates first. Never eat food past its ‘use by’ date but ‘best before’ dates should be safe to eat later on – it just may no longer be at its best.


  1. Plan meals in advance – Plan your meals over a few days, checking what you have and need to get so that you can use up anything left in the fridge or cupboards can help make sure everything gets used up.


Dorset Waste Partnership provides food recycling collections, helping to ensure that not only is waste food kept out of landfill, it is being used as a resource. Food can be put in the bin loose, in compostable liners or wrapped in a couple of sheets of old newspaper.

Have a waste free Christmas

11 December 2014

Jingle All The Way to the Recycling Bin

With all the presents, parties and puddings over the Christmas period it can sometimes lead to a lot of leftovers, of the packaging and food kind. So we have got some handy and helpful tips on reducing, reusing and recycling this Christmas.


  • Count down to Christmas by eating food from the freezer. It clears space for leftovers and makes use of what’s already there, saving money in the run up to the celebrations
  • Leftover food is always around at Christmas, so check out the Love Food Hate Waste website for lots of festive treats made from leftovers. You can put anything you can’t use in the brown bin for food and garden waste.
  • A whole range of jars – from cranberry sauce to baby food – can all be recycled: just give them a rinse in your leftover washing up water and recycle them at your local recycling site.
  • If you’re having visitors to stay this Christmas, let them know where your recycling bin is and what goes in it. You can also get the kids involved in the household recycling routine while they’re on Christmas holidays
  • Remember there are lots of unexpected Christmas items you can recycle like sweet tins, tin foil and aerosols.
  • Don’t forget that you can recycle your Christmas cards when you take them down. You can put them in the recycle bin with your paper and card recycling.
  • Wrapping paper can also be recycled in the blue bin, as long as its not the metallic or plastic kind



Real Christmas trees will be collected during January in some parts of Dorset or can be taken to a local household recycling centre to be composted.

Please remove all decorations from your tree before disposing of it. Fake or plastic Christmas trees will not be collected.

If you subscribe to the garden waste collection service, you can cut your real tree into small pieces and put it in your garden waste bin for your first collection in January.

What to do with your pumpkin when the party is over

30 October 2014

pumkin blog pic

In the UK in the run up to Halloween it’s estimated that over a million pumpkins are bought ready to be carved into ghoulish lanterns that will adorn doorsteps and windowsills across the country.

Seasonal celebrations bring their own waste and Halloween, is no exception as around 90% of sales of pumpkins takes place then, bought to make Jack O’Lanterns to ward off those pesky witches and ghosts. However how much of the actual pumpkin, which you’ve paid for, do you actually use?

Pumpkin carving is a great way to amuse the kids but what happens to all the succulent orange flesh that has been scooped out of the pumpkins you’ve displayed on your doorstep?

It’s usually among the mountain of fresh tasty vegetables we throw away every year – costing us money!  Pumpkins are rich in vitamins and minerals and a great food source; however it is often the case that once carved; many people simply throw away the tasty contents of the pumpkin– a ghastly thought! To help you save money and stop it going to waste, Love Food Hate Waste has some delicious pumpkin recipe suggestions for you to try:



Here are some great and tasty ideas from Love Food Hate Waste to save money and waste.


If you are unsure of where to put your pumpkin once Halloween is over, cut it up and pop it in your food caddy waste bin for recycling.

Get Composting!

16 September 2014

compost picture

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.

Which plastics can I recycle?

13 September 2013

margarine tub for blog

If you live in Christchurch, East Dorset or North Dorset, you can recycle plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays in your bin with a green lid.

See our web page and leaflet about which plastics can be recycled using the ‘recycle for Dorset’ collection service.

The service is being rolled out across Dorset by 2015 and is coming to Purbeck and part of West Dorset next March.

How do they make energy from food waste?

22 August 2013

Piddlehinton AD 3The Anaerobic Digester at Piddlehinton can process up to 20 000 tonnes of food waste per year, and produces enough energy to power the nearby feed mill

Despite what you might think the method of turning food waste into energy is relatively simple; the waste is left to break down in the absence of oxygen, the chemical reactions that take place produce methane and carbon dioxide (Biogas1), which can then be harvested and used for energy.

The process can be broken into three main stages:

1. Pre-treatment – When food waste first arrives at the plant it needs to be screened, and all contaminants such as plastic packaging need to be removed. This process is difficult and very, very dirty, which is why it is so important to make sure only food goes in food waste bins.

2. Digestion – After pre-treatment the waste is fed into the digester, which is basically a large air-tight tank (see above). The biogas is produced as the waste breaks down; this is then harvested and stored until needed.

3. Digestate– Once the ‘digestion’ process is complete all that is left is digestate. The liquid portion of this is ready to use, and is spread on nearby farms as a fertiliser; the solid matter is processed further and turned into compost.

Sending food waste from Dorset to be recycled at the Piddlehinton AD helps to reduce green house gas emissions and cut down on waste sent to landfill.

Biogas1 is a bi-product of the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. It is made of mainly methane and carbon dioxide.

Say no to litter

23 April 2013

International_tidymanLitter has become expensive problem Dorset, particuarly on our roads. Recent work clearing  a five mile stretch of the A338 Spur Road turned up nearly two tonnes of rubbish and cost the Dorset Waste Partnership around £10,000.

Dorset is not alone with this problem. It costs local authorities in England £885 million per year to clear up litter left on our streets The top three types of litter in the UK are smokers materials , confectionary packaging and fizzy drink bottles.

Here are a few ways you can say no to litter:

  • Bin it – make sure you don’t add to the problem and take responsibility for your rubbish
  • Report it – join the Keep Britain Tidy campaign against car littering and shame those droping rubbish on our highways
  • Love Where You Live – and get involved in keeping your community litter free
  • And finally join The Big Tidy Up and help however you can

You don’t need to be in for your bins

15 April 2013

Sorting bins on streetIf you live in North or East Dorset you will shortly be receiving your bins for the new ‘recycle for Dorset’ service.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Your new bins may arrive any time between Monday 15 April and Friday 24 May
  • You don’t need to be in for your bins
  • Your new service starts the week beginning 10 June 2013, please do not use your new bins before this
  • We can’t give you a specific delivery date or time, but an indicative delivery schedule and frequently asked questions are available at
  • Please take your bins onto your property as soon as you can
  • Your kitchen caddy will be delivered inside your larger food bin (unless you use the current North Dorset brown bin scheme and already have a caddy)
  • Take note of the dates marked on your new calendar and keep it somewhere to remind you – the fridge is a good place 
  • To report a problem or ask a question, call the DWP customer service team on 01305 221040.
  • More detailed information about the ‘recycle for Dorset’ service can be found in your user guide and at

To read more about the delivery of your new bins please visit the newsroom.

Disposable V Real nappies

2 April 2013

Real nappy washing line (large version)Real

  • Real nappies are 40% better for the environment than their disposable alternatives
  • You can choose to limit your impact on the environment  further by using ecological wash settings to clean real nappies
  • Because reusable nappies are made out of natural fabrics they are far better for your babies bum


  • The average cost for disposable nappies for one child is a huge £1200
  • 50% of rubbish from the average one-baby family is made up of disposable nappies
  • In Dorset alone 7 million disposable nappies enter the household waste stream each year which costs £500,000 to process
  • Disposable nappies take up to 500 years to fully decompose and release harmful methane gas in the process

 Dorset Waste Partnership is offering a voucher incentive scheme  saving you up to £30 on the cost of purchasing real nappies.  A list of stockists is available through the Dorset Waste Partnership.

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.

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