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Dorset councils ponder county-wide scheme

Seven councils in Dorset will decide over the next three months whether to move to a county-wide recycling and waste service.

The local authorities will hold separate meetings between 19 October and 19 January to consider the proposal.

Dorset Waste Partnership wants to introduce the county-wide 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.

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

DWP joint committee chair councillor Hilary Cox said: “The proposed new Dorset scheme will improve the service for all residents; it is flexible, easily adaptable for all households and will cope with any future changes imposed on us by legislation.

“With food waste collected weekly, a greater choice of recyclable materials, and a chargeable garden waste scheme for those wanting it, we should have far less residual waste going to landfill. This is great news for Dorset.”

The councils involved are: Christchurch Borough Council, Dorset County Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

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