Posts Tagged ‘Reuse’

Choose to reuse

21 February 2011

Toys taken to a Give or Take day to find new homes (large version)Our next choose to reuse roadshow will be taking place this Thursday (24 February). Recycling officers will be at the Co-operative in Kings Road, Swanage from 10am to 2pm so come along and talk to us about reuse at home and in the local community.

By giving your unwanted items a second lease of life you will be helping the environment by stopping good condition items from being landfilled.

You can even start today with our three top reuse tips:

  1. Give unwanted items to friends, relatives, charity shops or furniture reuse centres. Or take them to a Give or Take day – see our events calendar. You could also join free reuse networks such as Freecycle, where you can advertise things you no longer want and people contact you if they want them.
  2. Get creative – Make them into something else that would be useful. Look through our reuse directory for lots of ideas.
  3. Ditch disposables – Consider buying long lasting products rather than disposables e.g. washable nappies or rechargeable batteries.

If you have a great reuse tip – don’t keep it to yourself, share it with us and the rest of Dorset!

Unfortunately, we had to postpone our choose to reuse roadshows last week but the good news is these have now be rescheduled – find out when here.


Donate it, don’t dump it!

7 February 2011

Choose to reuse (large version)

Do you have a little black dress which no longer fits or toys your children don’t play with?

A new campaign promoting the benefits of donating not dumping unwanted yet good quality items launches at Christchurch market today.

A series of ‘choose to reuse’ roadshows are touring the county encouraging you to give your unwanted cast-offs to friends, relatives, charity shops or local furniture reuse organisations instead of throwing them away.

Finding a new home or use for things requires minimal effort and makes a real difference to the environment by preventing good condition items from ending up in landfill sites.

By donating items to charities or furniture reuse organisations not only will you be supporting the local community, you’ll also be helping to raise money for great causes while also reducing your carbon footprint.

Find out where roadshows will be taking place here.

Give or Take day this Saturday!

20 January 2011

Give or Take days leaflet (large version)Have you had a New Years clear out? Got a bike you no longer need? Are you looking for some new kitchenware? Or perhaps you want to swap your old novels for a new necklace?

Why not come along to our Give or Take day this Saturday (22 January) at Willowbed Hall, Chickerell from 9am to 12.30pm.

These community waste exchange events are a great way for you to get rid of any clothes, books, toys, small furniture and bric-a-brac you don’t need and pick up something you do.

Plus it’s all free – even if you don’t have anything to bring along, you are welcome to come and take any items you like.

You’ll also be helping the environment by preventing useable items from ending up in landfill sites.

If you can’t make this Saturday, we’ve got other events taking place around the county:

  • 29 January – Colehill Memorial Hall
  • 12 February – Community 2000 Centre, Easton, Portland
  • 26 February – Leigh Park Community Hall, Wimborne
  • 19 March – West Parley Village Hall

Recycling Robot returns to Dorset

17 January 2011

Recycler teaching pupils about the 3Rs (large version)Recycler the rapping robot is returning to Dorset this week. He will once again be touring different schools across the county bringing recycling to life through his funky interactive show.

Performing his toe-tapping rap, Recycler teaches pupils all about the three Rs – reducing, reusing and recycling waste.

Kirsten Juniper, waste education and project officer at the county council, said: “A visit from Recycler is a great way for young people to learn about how important it is to reduce waste and to recycle as much as possible, at home and at school.”

Recycler’s schedule:

  • 17 January – 1.30pm – Somerford Primary School, Christchurch
  • 18 January – 9am – Portesham Primary School, Weymouth
  • 18 January – 11am – St John’s Primary School, Weymouth
  • 18 January – 1.30pm – Southwell Primary School, Portland
  • 19 January – 9am – Motcombe Primary School, Shaftesbury
  • 19 January – 10.45am – Gillingham Primary School, Gillingham
  • 19 January – 1.30pm – St George’s Primary School, Bourton
  • 20 January – 9.15am – St Catherine’s Primary School, Bridport
  • 20 January – 11am – Thorners Primary School, Dorchester
  • 20 January – 1.30pm – Durweston First School, Blandford

A bit of Give or Take in Christchurch

12 November 2010

Give or Take books (large version)Having a clear out before Christmas? Do you have unwanted but usable toys, books, clothes, bric-a-brac, small furniture or jewellery? Here’s an opportunity for you to bring them along to a Give or Take day in Christchurch.

The event takes place this Saturday (13 November) at Highcliffe St Mark Primary School between 9.30am and 12 noon.

A Give and Take Day is the chance for you to pass on the items you own but no longer make use of for reuse. These events are a great way to promote the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle and you can pick up a bargain as well. No money changes hands and lots of useful items are diverted from landfill.

You can also chat to our waste reduction officers about local recycling schemes, stopping junk mail and other ways to reduce your waste.

More Give or Take days will be taking place in Weymouth on 27 November and Corfe Mullen on 4 December. Find out where here.

Mountjoy School raps with Recycler

9 November 2010

Recycler raps at Mountjoy School (large version)Recycler the rapping robot was a big success on his recent visit to Mountjoy School. Pupils aged four to 16, thoroughly enjoyed his show about the three Rs – reducing, reusing and recycling waste.

Made from recyclable materials, Recycler sings, moves, lights up and interacts with children to teach them important waste prevention and recycling messages in a lively and fun way.

Have a ghoulish and green Halloween

25 October 2010

Halloween recycling (large version)

Joining in with the spirit of Halloween, our recycling officers will be attending the Bedlam & Broomsticks event at Nothe Fort, Weymouth tomorrow (Tuesday 26 October) from 10.30am.

A great day of spooky fun for all the family, we’ve organised plenty of themed reuse and recycling related activities for children, so stop by our stand and have a go. Activities include Halloween grass heads and badge making, plus lots more.

Our recycling officers will be available to chat to you about any recycling issues or waste reduction campaigns. The stand will also be packed with lots of useful information from stopping food waste to home composting, so we hope to see you there!

Don’t be frightened to recycle this Halloween. Here are three top ‘tricks’ to scare your family and friends but ‘treat’ the environment:

  • Going to a Halloween party? Why not get creative and make your own costume out of recycled materials or visit the local charity shop and see what they’ve got on offer that you can utilise
  • Making a lantern? Don’t for get pumpkin leftovers can be used to make shockingly good recipes such as roast pumpkin lasagne or pumpkin tart, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website (opens in a new window) for more
  • Save your fancy dress costume and reuse it next year or recycle as much of it and any Halloween decorations as possible. Remember pumpkin leftovers can be composted

Let us know if you have any scary tips to help recycle this Halloween!

Recycler the rapping robot returns

11 October 2010

Recycler performing his rap (large version)Great news, Recycler the raping robot will be back in Dorset touring primary schools next week (18-21 October). Bringing recycling to life, pupils and teachers will enjoy a lively and fun educational show about reducing, reusing and recycling waste. Recycler will also be performing his popular toe-tapping rap.

And, the Momo Theatre will also be touring secondary schools next week. Using a mixture of humour and education, ‘The man from the council’ show communicates information about landfill sites, the three Rs and composting in a fun and interactive learning environment.

Read more.

Give or take time in Alderholt

8 October 2010

Looking for some furniture? Got some books you no longer want? Want to swap some dvds for kitchenware? Then come along to our Give or Take day at Alderholt Village Hall this Saturday (9 October) from 9.30am to noon.

This community waste exchange event is a chance for you to get rid of any reusable items you don’t need and pick up something you do. And it’s all free!

By re-using things instead of throwing them away, we save on landfill space, reduce fly tipping and help to save valuable resources.

It’s County Show time

1 September 2010

Sammie Strawberry and the recycling team are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend for all the family at this year’s Dorset County Show, which is taking place at the Dorchester Showground on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September.

We’ve got some great recycling activities lined up for children including badge making, grass heads and the wheelie bin game. Plus the stand will be packed with information about reducing, reusing and recycling your waste – you can even pick up our new Food and Garden Waste Solutions leaflet. If you have any questions about recycling or your kerbside collection service come along and speak to us.

Dorset Reclaim (opens in new window), a not-for-profit furniture reuse organisation, will also have a display at the show. They will be on hand to chat to you about donating any of your unwanted good quality furniture and larger electrical items. They collect these goods from your home, repair or refurbish them and then supply them at a minimum cost to individuals and families that are in receipt of benefits or on low incomes.

You can see Sammie Strawberry having fun at last year’s show here (opens in new window).

See you there!

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