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Service already bin successful
A NEW roadside service being rolled out across Dorset has seen recycling double in the first two weeks.
The 'recycle for Dorset' collection service was introduced in Christchurch by the Dorset Waste Partnership on October 1.
Ashley Heath, Colehill, Ferndown, Longham, Parley, Stapehill, St Leonards and St Ives, Three Legged Cross, Verwood, West Moors and Wimborne joined the scheme on October 29.
Under the previous waste and recycling system the recycle rate, including dry recyclables and composted materials, was 34 per cent.
The recycle rate achieved during the first two weeks of the new system has reached 70 per cent.
Out of the 428 tonnes collected, more than 200 tonnes were dry recyclables and around 70 tonnes were food waste, along with 30 tonnes of garden waste.
Cllr Margaret Phipps, portfolio holder for environment at Christchurch Council, said: “This is an amazing result and I would like to thank the people of Christchurch for getting behind the new system so wholeheartedly.
“Any new way of operating can sometimes take a while to bed in and get used to, but the facts speak for themselves and they show that we made the right decision to become part of the county-wide Dorset Waste Partnership and the 'recycle for Dorset' service.”
Hilary Cox, chairman of the Dorset Waste Partnership joint committee, said: “The way people in Christchurch have embraced the new service is fantastic and shows the enthusiasm for recycling in Dorset when it is made easy for residents.
“This level of performance places Christchurch amongst the very best in Europe and bodes well for the future as we continue to roll the service out across the rest of Dorset.
“Achieving a high level of recycling is not just great for the environment by preserving important resources, it also makes a huge difference in reducing the very high landfill taxes that councils pay, helping us keep ours costs and council tax down. We estimate that the new ‘recycle for Dorset’ service will cut costs by more than £2m by 2015.”