Posts Tagged ‘Dorset’

Help turn the tide on littered beaches in Dorset

9 September 2013

Warbarrow Beach clean  April 2013 c Mark Fisher

The Dorset Wildlife Trust is inviting volunteers to a beach clean at Worbarrow Bay at 10am on Sunday 15 September.

The event aims to try and combat the major litter problems affecting the area.  Litter can be found on the beach at busy times of the year and during storms, and not only ruins the wonderful landscape of Dorset’s coast, but is potentially damaging to our precious marine environment.

Find out more about how to get involved.

Check your bank holiday collections

1 May 2013

Mother and daughter recycling bottles

This coming Monday is a bank holiday and depending where you live your bin collection may take place a day or two later than normal.

To check when you next collection is go to My Local and enter your post code.

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.

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.


One day closure for Millhams

16 November 2010

Millhams Community Recycling Centre (large version)Just to make all East Dorset residents aware that Millhams Community Recycling Centre (opens in new window), near Kinson will be closed all day on Thursday 18 November.

This is due to Scottish and Southern Energy doing essential work on the electricity supply in the area. This will leave the Bournemouth Borough Council run facility without any power to run the office systems including the telephones, or the weighbridge at the site and therefore they cannot allow the public access.

The site will re-open as normal the following day.

Our Millhams voucher scheme allows East Dorset residents to visit the Millhams centre 15 times a year to recycle their waste. Read here for more information.

Swap shop in Portland

29 September 2010

We’re holding a second Give or Take day in Portland this Saturday (2 October 2010). The popular recycling exchange event returns to the Community 2000 Centre, next to All Saints Church, 6 Straits, Easton from 9.30am to noon.

Similar to a jumble sale, the event is a great way to recycle your unwanted but reusable items by finding them a new home.

So if you have any unwanted books, DVDs, toys, clothes, small furniture or bric-a-brac taking up space in your home, why not bring them along and let others take them away with them.

And, even if you haven’t got any items to give away, you are welcome to come along and take something away free of charge.

Find out about more recycling events here.

A summer menu for you, and for your garden

29 June 2010

Go compost crazy this summer (large version)Whether you’re having a barbecue, or summer Sunday lunch with the family, make sure you put all your compostable kitchen waste into your compost bin, along with your grass cuttings and prunings.

Here are a few tips:

Healthy spread: summer salads provide plenty of vegetable and fruit waste: excellent ingredients for composting

Shortcut to success: cutting waste into small pieces will help to speed up the compost process

Off the compost menu: Composting meat, bones or food scraps is not recommended

If you aren’t already composting at home, summer is the time to get off to a flying start! With warmer weather providing optimum composting conditions, this is the season to speed up your compost-making.

We’ve also secured new special offers on compost bins, so it is even easier to start. Now is the time to check these out.

Recycling scores in Dorset

24 June 2010

kerbside recycling (large version)We’re pleased to announce that Dorset’s recycling performance increased by one per cent in 2009/10 despite the current economic climate. So a big thank you for all your enthusiastic recycling efforts over the past year.

Our provisional figures show that around 199,000 tonnes of household waste were collected from April 2009 to March 2010 with almost half recycled (49.65 per cent). This helps the environment by saving energy and reducing the carbon footprint. Our rise in performance is particularly good as nationally some councils are reporting a drop in recycling rates.

We also achieved a two per cent drop in the total amount of household waste produced in 2009/10 and an eight per cent decrease in the amount we sent to landfill – from 105,438 tonnes of waste to 100,216.

With a little extra effort, we can achieve a 50 per cent recycling rate or higher this year and so we’re encouraging you to make recycling your goal this summer.

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

WEEE it’s Recycle Now week!

21 June 2010

Furniture reuse organisations (large version)To celebrate Recycle Now week (21 – 27 June), we are calling for you to help the environment by supporting local furniture reuse groups.

If you have any good quality furniture and large waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) such as fridge freezers, microwaves and cookers, we’re reminding you that you can donate these to local not-for-profit furniture reuse centres.

These organisations can collect unwanted goods from your home, repair or refurbish them and then supply them, at minimal cost, to individuals and families that are in receipt of benefits or on low incomes.

We are encouraging you to contact these groups before throwing reusable items away. This helps the environment by saving energy and reducing the carbon footprint.

Find your nearest here.

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