About the recycle for Dorset service
Find out more about the 'recycle for Dorset' service, why we need it, what it looks like and when it starts for you.
The 'recycle for Dorset' service is a new way of collecting recycling and rubbish being introduced by the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) across six Dorset districts and boroughs by 2015. It aims to:
Increase Dorset's recycling rate from 50% in 2012 to 65% by 2015
Reduce the rubbish we send to landfill
Drive down costs
Improve customer satisfaction
What the 'recycle for Dorset' service looks like
Recycling and food waste are collected one week; rubbish and food waste the next.
|Collection||Containers||What is collected||How often|
240-litre wheelie bin (green lid)
|Paper and cardboard; plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays; tins and cans; aerosols||Fortnightly|
|Glass bottles and jars||Fortnightly (with your recycling bin)|
|Household batteries||Fortnightly (place on top of your glass box)|
140-litre grey rubbish bin
|Non-recyclable household rubbish||Fortnightly|
7-litre kitchen caddy
|Cooked and uncooked food||Weekly|
Garden waste collection service
Households can also pay to receive an optional, fortnightly garden waste collection using a 240-litre wheelie bin for an annual fee.
What happens to our waste?
Find out more about what happens to your recycling and rubbish after it has been collected using the 'recycle for Dorset' service.
When does the 'recycle for Dorset' service start?
Please note, this is a provisional timetable and future dates are subject to change.
|Tranche||Borough/ district||Area||Start date|
|Christchurch||Christchurch||1 October 2012|
|Part of East Dorset||Ashley Heath, Colehill, Ferndown, St Leonards and St Ives, Three Legged Cross, Verwood, West Moors and Wimborne (view map) (pdf, 354kb) (opens in a new window)||29 October 2012|
|Rest of East Dorset||Alderholt, Corfe Mullen, Cranborne, Holt, Sixpenny Handley, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne St Giles, Witchampton and surrounding villages (view map) (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window)|
recycle for Dorset:
Part of West Dorset
|Dorchester, Broadmayne, Cerne and Piddle Valleys, Charminster, Crossways, Osmington, Owermoigne, Puddletown and Tolpuddle (view map) (pdf, 184kb) (opens in a new window)|
Weymouth and Portland
|Weymouth and Portland|
|Part of West Dorset||Abbotsbury, Chickerell, Maiden Newton, Sherborne, Yetminster and surrounding villages (view map) (pdf, 785kb) (opens in a new window)|
Rest of West Dorset
|Beaminster, Bridport, Charmouth, Chideock, Lyme Regis and surrounding villages (view map) (pdf, 783kb) (opens in a new window)||Spring 2015|
Around five months before the 'recycle for Dorset' service starts, we will send you a letter and leaflet introducing the service and what it means for you.
There are different versions of the leaflet for different types of property:
Houses leaflet (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window) - standard service
Communal leaflet (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) - properties with shared waste facilities, such as flats
Bag and box leaflet (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window) - properties that are unable to use wheelie bins
If you have a genuine reason why the standard containers will not meet your household's needs, you can contact us to request an exception.
Recycle for Dorset user guides
When you receive your new containers, we will also deliver you a clear and comprehensive user guide, entitled 'How to recycle for Dorset'.
The latest versions can be downloaded below:
The 'recycle for Dorset' service policy has been agreed by the DWP Joint Committee (opens in a new window) . Read the 'recycle for Dorset' service policy (pdf, 254kb) (opens in a new window) .
What the law says
All households have a legal Duty of Care (pdf, 166kb) (opens in a new window) under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA) to make sure their waste is disposed of properly. Find out information and advice about the household duty of care (pdf, 166kb) (opens in a new window) .
Under Section 46 of the EPA, the council can serve a legal notice on an occupier that fails to place its waste for collection using the system specified by the council.
Contact the Dorset Waste Partnership
If you want to report a problem, request a service or enquire about something, you can save time by doing it online:
If you would like more information, you can contact the Dorset Waste Partnership.
New bins and containers
See the types of bins and containers used for the new recycle for Dorset service.
- What happens to our waste?
Find out where all your recycling and rubbish goes after it has been collected
- What the law says
Under Section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, a waste collection authority can serve a legal notice on a household that does not comply with the system of waste collection provided.