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Welcome to your Christmas Recycle for Dorset e-newsletter!

We hope you find this email useful. As ever, we'd love to hear from you about how it could be better and your own tips for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Drop us an email or contact us via Twitter.

On behalf of everyone at the Dorset Waste Partnership, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Christmas bin collections

Over the Christmas period, your bin collection day will be different.  Check the table below for revised collection days:
Usual collection day      Revised collection day
Friday 23 Dec No change
Monday 26 Dec Tuesday 27 Dec
Tuesday 27 Dec Wednesday 28 Dec
Wednesday 28 Dec Thursday 29 Dec
Thursday 29 Dec Friday 30 Dec
Friday 30 Dec Saturday 31 Dec
Monday 2 Jan No change
  • we will collect up to two extra sacks of rubbish left beside the bin on the first rubbish collection after Christmas Day
  • we will collect extra recycling if placed in residents' own boxes, with glass kept separate
  • fortnightly garden waste collections are suspended over the Christmas and New Year period, from Saturday 24 Dec to Sunday 8 Jan.

Real Christmas trees

You can recycle your real Christmas tree by cutting it up and putting it in a garden waste bin if you subscribe to our service, or taking it to a household recycling centre.

Diverse Abilities, a Dorset-based disability charity, are also operating a Christmas tree recycling service in select areas of Blandford, Bournemouth, Poole, Wimborne, Ferndown and Christchurch. Collections will be made on 7 and 8 January. You can find out more information and book the service via their website.

Alternatively, all decorations should be removed and the tree placed next to your bin on the first rubbish collection day from 6 January. Trees left out with recycling will not be collected. 

Fake Christmas trees will also not be collected. If you can't keep it to use again, please take your tree to your local household recycling centre.

School competition - Christmas leftover recipes

Recently, the DWP Education Team asked children aged 7-11 years from seven Dorset schools to create a recipe made from Christmas leftovers. We took professional photographs of the winning seven recipes, which were then made into recipe cards and inserted into a colourful cookbook folder. These have been distributed to schools and are being handed out at Christmas events.

The idea behind the contest was to find a fun way to encourage children and their families to reduce the amount of edible food they throw away and to promote the key messages behind the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. The competition was a tremendous success and we will also be presenting the lucky winner with over £200 of cooking equipment for their school.

You can download and print the recipe cards at our Love Food Hate Waste page on Dorset For You.

When are the household recycling centres open over Christmas?

Our household recycling centres (HRCs) across Dorset are open during most of the festive period.

They will only be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. On all other days, each centre will be open from 10am to 4pm.

Remember, most household items that cannot be recycled using your kerbside service can be taken to an HRC, although some materials may incur a charge.

Find your nearest household recycling centre

Recycle more this Christmas

Most of us produce extra waste over the festive period.  Using the Recycle for Dorset kerbside collection service, you can recycle the following:

  • cooked and uncooked food waste 
  • wrapping paper (foil-based paper should be placed with rubbish)
  • Christmas cards
  • cardboard
  • tins and cans
  • plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • glass bottles and jars (leave metal screw tops on)
  • household batteries (placed in battery bag)

Check what you can recycle using the Recycle for Dorset collection service.

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