Posts Tagged ‘recycle for Dorset service’

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.

Leftover recipe: Sausage and sweet potato stew

9 October 2014


This stew has leeks and sweet potato and is also flavoured with sage – a herb that goes so well with pork. Sausage and leek go together very well. Sweet potato adds sweetness and colour to the dish.

The stew is quick and easy to make as most of the cooking happens in the oven when you can do something else. It is also ideal if members of the family are eating at different times, as it can be kept warm in the oven. It could also be placed in the slow cooker for a few hours.



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium leeks, sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 4-6 pork sausages (or 10-12 chipolata sausages or vegetarian sausages)
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 2 dessert spoons tomato puree
  • salt and black pepper to taste




  1. Put the oil in a large heavy bottomed frying pan
  2. Add the leeks and fry for a few minutes until softening
  3. Add the sweet potato chunks, stir and cook for a minute or two
  4. Add the sage and tomato puree to the stock
  5. Add the stock to the vegetables and simmer for 10 minutes
  6. Meanwhile chop the sausages into bite size pieces
  7. Transfer to a casserole, (two if you are making both a meat and veggie version) cover and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes
  8. Serve with mashed potato and a green vegetable

Jack in the junk mail!

23 September 2014

junk mail 3Would you like to reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive? This is easy to do and there are some effective ways in which you can do it. Here are some tips:


Addressed Mail 


This means that you will gradually receive less addressed junk mail. Please be aware that every person in the household who does not want to receive junk mail will need to register their full name


Unaddressed mail

Much of the junk mail that people receive is posted out on a regional basis to every household. Complete the Royal mail online form to stop receiving some unaddressed junk mail.


Local Mail

Put a “no junk mail” notice by your front door.


Finally, tell your insurance, credit card, banking and mortgage companies that you do not want to receive information about other services and ask them not to pass your details onto other companies.

Leftover recipe idea – Lamb Rogan Josh

19 September 2014

curry rogan josh

Here’s another great recipe idea from Love food hate waste which is perfect for using up leftovers, helping you to reduce waste and hopefully save some money at the same time.


  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed chillies
  • 1 tbsp. medium curry powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. tomato purée
  • 450g lamb shoulder, diced
  • 200ml (7oz) water
  • 4 tomatoes, quartered
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. coriander leaf
  • Sea Salt to season
  • Pilau rice to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan, add the onions and garlic and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the turmeric, crushed chillies, medium curry powder, ground coriander and the tomato purée and cook for a further minute.
  3. Add the diced lamb, water, tomatoes, lemon juice and coriander.
  4. Simmer for 15 minutes, then season to taste and serve with pilau rice.

Also added tinned tomatoes plus a tin of coconut milk which took a little of the heat out and made it a bit like a passanda!

Reduce your nappy bill- get real!

9 September 2014

real nappies on a washing line


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.

Roll up, roll up… recycling roadshow in Dorchester tomorrow

3 September 2013

New bins close-up

The ‘recycle for Dorset’ team will be at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester on Wednesday 4 September between 10am and 1pm.

Local people are invited to come along to find out more about the new ‘recycle for Dorset’ collection service, which is starting in Purbeck and part of West Dorset next March.

The roadshows are a chance to see the new wheelie bins and other containers for yourself and ask the team any questions you have.

More roadshows are scheduled across Purbeck and West Dorset during September and October.

Meet the team at the Dorset County Show

1 September 2013

Stand showThe Recycle for Dorset team will be available to answer all your waste questions at the Dorset County Show on 7 and 8 September.

Why not come down and take the opportunity to speak to the team and view the containers for the new ‘recycle for Dorset’ kerbside service which is being introduced across the county?

You can also find out more about why recycling is so important and what you can do at home to help Dorset achieve its goal of 65 per cent recycling by 2015.

How your food waste is collected

23 August 2013
Emptying food waste slave bin

A food waste ‘slave’ bin being emptied into the food pod

Have you wondered why collection crews empty your food waste into a wheelie bin before tipping it into the vehicle?

Don’t worry, it’s not being mixed with your rubbish and sent to landfill!

Dorset Waste Partnership crews operating the ‘recycle for Dorset’ service use ‘slave bins’ (as they’re unfortunately referred to) to empty food waste into a separate compartment on our rubbish and recycling collection vehicles.

Slave bins are usually spare grey wheelie bins with the lids taken off that are hooked securely to the back of the vehicle while it is moving.

When the vehicle stops, a crew member empties the brown food waste bins into this slave bin.  Once the slave bin is full, it is attached to a lift on the side of the vehicle and emptied into a separate ‘food pod’ in the middle of the vehicle.

This pod is emptied separately at the materials recycling facility or transfer station before being taken to be used either to generate energy through anaerobic digestion or composting.

A separate slave bin is also used for glass.

We ask you to sort glass separately using your green box because shards of smashed glass would reduce the quality and value of the other recyclable materials, such as paper, if they were mixed together.

Our standard recycling vehicles have three separate sections: one for mixed recycling (your green bin), one for food (your brown food bin) and one for glass (your green box).

It would be too noisy and hazardous for our crews to empty your boxes straight into the glass section (the smaller of the two sections at the rear).  Therefore crew members take turns to tip the glass from boxes into another slave bin, which is then emptied into the vehicle when full.

Glass is then taken to a materials recycling facility before being sent on for reprocessing in the UK.

We’re currently looking at how we can make these ‘slave bins’ more distinctive so they don’t get confused with household rubbish or recycling bins, possibly by using different coloured bins. Perhaps we can come up with a new name for them while we’re at it? Any suggestions welcome!

Find out more about the ‘recycle for Dorset’ service here.

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