With kerbside collections now available across Dorset, residents are recycling more of their waste, which is great news. But now we are turning our attention to making sure everyone continues to use the service properly through the 'Right stuff, right bin' awareness campaign.
We will continue to encourage residents to cut down on waste by reducing and reusing materials, as well as buying the right amount of food so it isn't thrown away. But the new campaign has a simple message; please make sure you put the right stuff in the right bin.
Problems occur when recycling bins include items which they are not supposed to, such as nappies mixed with paper or rubbish mixed with food.
- recycling materials can be spoiled and sent to be treated or incinerated
- the quality of the materials can be affected, making it harder to process
- the sorting process can be dramatically slowed down
- equipment used for sorting items can be damaged.
All of these issues create further problems for the environment and cost the taxpayer money.
If we all put the right stuff in the right bin, we could save up to £1million per year for the essential public services that really matter to Dorset residents.
How can I find out more?
Dorset residents are invited to attend our roadshows where they can learn more about how best to use their kerbside recycling and rubbish collection service.
Our recycling officers are focussing on areas where recycling rates are starting to drop. At these roadshows, they will be handing out leaflets, answering questions and speaking to local communities about how they are using their recycling service.
Food waste - why shouldn't it go in the rubbish bin?
Recycling food waste - putting it in your food waste bin rather than your rubbish bin - is better for the environment and saves money.
A third of Dorset's waste by weight is food. If it goes in your rubbish bin, it can go to landfill where it rots and produces methane, a gas that contributes to climate change. It also produces a liquid called leachate that can pollute the environment.
Landfill waste is also subject to Landfill Tax which is paid for by your council, so recycling food waste helps save money too.
Food waste that goes into the correct bin is recycled and turned into energy. Of course, if you home compost some of your food waste then we encourage you to carry on!
Glass - can it go in with my paper and plastic recycling?
No. Glass mixed with paper and plastic recycling can ruin entire batches of recyclable materials and damage sorting equipment. Glass should only be placed in the box for glass or taken to a household recycling centre or bottle bank.