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Dorset's Recycling More


8:32am 30th May 2014

Dorset's new recycling regime seems to be popular and saving money.

Where Dorset Waste Partnership's new standardised collection service has been introduced, recycling is up by 6% compared with the previous 12 months, and that's before most of Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland  have come on stream.

Dorset recycled 54% of its waste from kerbside collections and recycling centres in 2013/14, up from 49% in 2012/13.

The service is now used by two thirds of Dorset households, having started in Purbeck and part of West Dorset in March.  Purbeck's recycling rate for the first month was 56%, more than twice the district's rate of 27% in March 2013.

The Recycle for Dorset service is being rolled out across Dorset's six districts and boroughs, aiming to increase Dorset's recycling to 68% and drive down costs by £2m a year.  

It means residents can now have food waste collected weekly and recycle a wider range of materials, including plastic pots and tubs.  Around 30,000 households have also paid for an optional, fortnightly garden waste collection.

Another 50,000 properties in Weymouth and Portland and West Dorset will switch to the scheme in October, followed by the rest of West Dorset next year.

The total amount of Dorset's waste sent to landfill last year was 23%, down from 26% in 2012/13.  In addition, 18% of Dorset's waste was sent for either mechanical biological treatment, where further recycling is extracted, or to produce electricity.

Dorset's statistics for 2013/14 also show that, compared to 2012/13:

- The total amount of household waste collected grew by 2.5%
- Three times more garden waste was collected for composting
- 32% more recycling was collected at the kerbside
- 26% less recycling was taken to community bring banks
- 18% less non-recyclable rubbish was collected
- 17% more food waste was collected to generate renewable energy

Councils currently pay £80 in tax for every tonne of waste sent to landfill.  Including gate fees, it costs £1,060 for a dustcart to dump 10 tonnes of rubbish in landfill, compared to an income of £127 for the same amount of recycling.
In a recent survey of 5,000 residents using the new service, 89% said they were satisfied with it and 74% said it was an improvement on their previous service.  

Steve Burdis, Director of the Dorset Waste Partnership, said:

"Thanks to residents enthusiastically using their new collection service to do their bit, Dorset is recycling more then ever.  This means we are keeping more waste out of expensive landfill sites and recovering value from useful resources rather than burying them in the ground.  Recycling is a way of life in Dorset.  These figures suggest that having one, easy-to-use service can help us become one of the best areas for recycling in the country."

For more information about the Recycle for Dorset service, go to www.dorsetforyou.com/recyclefordorset

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