Resource Use

DWP carries out doorstep recycling campaign

Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) has launched a new doorstep recycling campaign to ‘help residents maximise their recycling and reduce their waste’.

Set up in partnership with environmental consultancy Resource Futures, advisers are calling door-to-door to help residents understand what can be recycled under the ‘Recycle for Dorset’ collection service.

Although recycling rates have risen from around 35 per cent to more than 60 per cent since the kerbside collection service launched in October 2012 (and June 2013 for other parts of Dorset), the partnership’s waste analysis has found that some people are putting materials in the wrong containers, such as glass in their general recycling bin (rather than the separate green box), ‘reducing the quality and value of recycling produced’. 

As such, three trained advisers will visit streets in Christchurch, East Dorset and North Dorset (that have been identified as having lower levels of recycling) over the next three months.  

Identifiable by orange tabards and ID badges, the advisers will ask residents how they use the kerbside collection service, and offer advice about which materials can be recycled, and how to prevent waste from arising.

The advisers will also gather feedback on the service ‘to help make future improvements’.

DWP is also reminding all residents using the Recycle for Dorset scheme that:

  • food can be placed in the brown food waste bin for weekly collection;
  • paper and cardboard, tins and cans, aerosols, and plastic bottles, pots, tubs, and trays can be placed in the recycling bin for fortnightly collection; and
  • that glass bottles and jars can be put out for recycling in the green box for recycling every other week.

Dorset bring banks to close

Due to the ‘success’ of the Recycle for Dorset scheme, DWP will be removing around 100 recycling bring banks from the area from June 2014, following a reduction in use.

According to the partnership, the 140 bring bank sites currently available in Dorset for the collection of dry recyclables (such as glass, metal, textiles, and paper) cost £115,000 a year to maintain. However, it argues the use of bring banks has dropped ‘significantly’ since the kerbside collection service was launched in October 2012. 

Indeed, DWP found that by weight, up to 68 per cent less paper and card, 86 per cent less cans, and 54 per cent less glass were collected from certain banks between January and September 2013 than in that same period in 2012.

Further, recycling rates have risen since the kerbside service was introduced, with recycling in Christchurch, East Dorset and North Dorset rising to more than 62 per cent.

As such, the majority of bring banks in these areas will be removed from June. However, any sites affected by flytipping could be closed earlier.

Find out more about the Recycle for Dorset service.