Bags left next to Dorset Recycling Centres treated as rubbish

Bags left next to Dorset Recycling Centres treated as rubbish

Published by George Sharpe at 12:02am 24th May 2020.

Bags left next to recycling centres in Dorset's car parks will be treated as rubbish.

Dorset Council is asking us to keep hold of items we want to recycle or donate.

Last week a street cleaning team in East Dorset picked up 22 black bags that had been left on the ground.

Items have also been taken to car parks and left in bags outside and next to closed recycling banks.

Bags have continued to pile up and the contents have been spoiled or left unfit to donate or recycle.

Clothes in a shop
We're being asked to hold onto bags of clothes ready for charity shops

Recycling banks are not being emptied at the moment as this is done by volunteers and services that have been suspended because of COVID-19.

A spokesperson from the Salvation Army, who empty the clothing banks in recycling centres, said:

"While we are grateful for donations, we ask that people refrain from leaving bags of donations next to clothing banks and outside charity shops, as lockdown restrictions mean they cannot be collected and they will instead be sent to landfill sites.

"Losing these donations to landfill will cost the charity thousands in lost stock as well as being an environmental disaster. Money raised from textile reuse and recycling benefits us as well as many national and local community-based charities.

"Our Lifehouses (homeless hostels) and food banks are just some of the vital services supporting people hardest hit by the coronavirus."

There are other ways to deal with unwanted items that you have:

  • Could your clothes and textiles be donated elsewhere, or sold online?
  • Could you switch from cartons to different packaging that can be recycled at the kerbside?
  • Can your old electronic device be fixed?
  • Could you use alternatives to foil?

Dorset Council will be opening recycling banks when volunteer, staff and resources levels return to normal.

Councillor Tony Alford is Dorset Councils portfolio holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory services, said:

"We appreciate the enthusiasm of Dorset residents to recycle clothing that they no longer need.

"But dumping it on the ground by the side of a recycling bank or outside a charity shop is fly-tipping and this clothing is more likely to end up being treated like household rubbish rather than be recycled.

"We ask everyone to be patient and to hold on to their clothing and other items until the containers are ready to be serviced again."