Increase in Christchurch waste recycling0
Recycling in Christchurch has almost doubled a year after the start of the recycle for Dorset collection service.
The borough has seen its kerbside recycling rate increase from 34% in the period from October 2011 to September 2012 to 61% in the same period of 2012/13.
At the same time, the amount of non-recyclable rubbish collected in Christchurch has gone down by 42%.
The majority of rubbish is either taken to a waste treatment facility where additional recycling is recovered or used to generate energy rather than being sent to landfill.
The recycle for Dorset service allows people to have their food waste collected weekly for composting or renewable energy generation.
The range of recyclables collected fortnightly has increased to include plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays as well as paper and cardboard, tins, cans and aerosols, glass bottles and jars and household batteries.
For an annual charge, garden waste can also be collected fortnightly and taken for composting.
Christchurch is one of the seven Dorset councils that formed the Dorset Waste Partnership in 2011 and was the first to adopt the new collection scheme in October 2012, followed by East Dorset and North Dorset.
All three areas are now recycling more than 60 per cent of their waste. The service will be rolled out in Purbeck and part of West Dorset in March and across the rest of Dorset by 2015.