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Dorset Waste Partnership - councils working together

The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) provides waste and cleansing services for seven Dorset councils.

The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) was officially launched on 1 April 2011, bringing together waste, recycling and street cleaning services from the seven Dorset councils (not including Bournemouth and Poole).

The DWP has taken on providing waste and cleansing services in Dorset in two phases:

  • April 2011: Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck
  • April 2013: West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland

The household recycling centrestreatment and disposal of waste and waste reduction promotions across the county are also managed by the partnership.

Dorset Waste Partnership Joint Committee

The Dorset Waste Partnership Joint Committee (opens in a new window) , comprising of two councillors from each partner authority, oversees the delivery of waste and cleansing services by the DWP. Find details of Joint Committee meetings (opens in a new window) .

Dorset is one of the first county partnerships to deliver an in-house waste collection and cleansing service and is attracting national interest from other local authorities. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has also recognised the partnership's potential and has so far awarded more than £400,000 towards the set up of the DWP, demonstrating national confidence in its success.

The formation of the DWP followed the adoption by all seven councils of a new Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Dorset in 2009, which guides the way waste will be managed in the county over the next 25 years.

Increased efficiency and reduced costs

By working together, we can provide high quality services more efficiently and cost-effectively, saving around £1.4m in 2011/12 for Dorset. The DWP is looking to make initial savings through:

  • Waste minimisation

  • Joint buying

  • Increasing trade waste in some areas 

  • Sharing depots and vehicles 

  • Cross boundary collections, e.g. residents living in East Dorset may sometimes have their waste collected by another district council's vehicle

The new 'recycle for Dorset' service

In January 2012 all of the partner councils in the DWP agreed to introduce a standardised, county-wide recycling and refuse collection service, called the 'recycle for Dorset' service.

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.

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