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Recycling is good, but reusing is even better and reducing is best.

Dorset residents are being asked to think about the amount of stuff they throw away with a new campaign from the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP).

My recycling bins/boxes are full up every time I put them out - this means more money for the council, right?

It's a common misconception that recycled material generates revenue for your local council. Recycling is significantly cheaper than household rubbish to deal with, the latter of which can cost up to £130 per tonne to treat or send to landfill, so it's still important to put the right stuff in the right bin.

But recycling still costs money to process - council tax money that would be better spent on other essential services.

So the "Slim Your Bins" campaign has been launched by the DWP to help residents start reducing how much they throw away in terms of rubbish, recycling and food.

The message of the "Slim Your Bins" campaign is simple:-

  • Recycling your waste is good- if you need to bin it, can it be recycled?
  • But reusing it is better- do you need to throw it away, or can it be used for something else?
  • And reducing your waste is best- could you avoid buying it in the first place?

Creating less waste saves money for your household and council. By keeping rubbish and recycling out of your bins by not throwing it away in the first place, you can help protect the environment too.

Download the "Slim Your Bins" leaflet now (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) to discover how you can save money for yourself and your local council.

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