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County-wide waste scheme moves another step closer

West Dorset District Council has voted in favour of joining a county-wide waste and recycling service.

Dorset Waste Partnership wants to introduce the service to replace 12 collections currently operating in the area.

It believes the move would save up to £2m per year and boost the county’s recycling rate to 60% by 2016.

Seven local authorities are holding separate meetings between 19 October and 19 January to consider the proposal.

West Dorset District Council leader Robert Gould said: “I am glad we have taken a significant step towards introducing a Dorset-wide waste and recycling service, which will save money and help people recycle more rubbish.

“It is an important decision because the economic situation has changed. The district council’s funding from central government has been cut by 25 per cent – a huge reduction. We must save money to protect frontline services and keep our council tax one of the lowest in the country.”

West Dorset District Council will join DWP in April 2013.  

If all councils support the scheme, residents will receive:

  • A 7 litre food waste kitchen caddy
  • A lockable outdoor food waste container – collected weekly
  • A 140 litre wheeled bin for refuse – collected fortnightly
  • A 240 litre wheeled bin for recycling – collected fortnightly
  • A 55-litre recycling box for glass – collected fortnightly
  • An optional chargeable garden waste service

Christchurch Borough Council, Dorset County Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council and Purbeck District Council have already voted in favour of the new scheme.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is the final council left to vote.

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