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Bournemouth and Dorset secure £22m for new recycling projects

The Dorset Waste Partnership, in partnership with Bournemouth council, will develop a new recycling facility and expand waste collection services, after securing almost £22 million in funding.

The partnership and the council will spend £14.2million of the cash on building a joint recycling sorting facility to deal with local waste rather than sending it elsewhere for processing.   

The remaining £7.1 million will be spent on improving waste operations in Bournemouth. Options include introducing a food waste collection scheme and enhanced recycling and garden waste initiatives, to begin next year.

Councillor Mrs Hilary Cox, chair of the Dorset Waste Partnership Joint committee, said: “A shared recycling facility will help reduce costs and support a circular economy, where materials sorted by Dorset residents are recycled and reused in Dorset.  This will also encourage new local green enterprises to use materials collected in Dorset to make everything from compost to clean energy.”

The council will get the funding as part of the government’s award to the Dorset Waste Partnership, from the £250million Weekly Collection Support Scheme, to help local authorities retain weekly waste collections or introduce new recycling initiatives.

The Dorset Waste Partnership, which includes Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, and Purbeck councils, agreed a joint waste collection service in January.

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