Recycling-scheme gets the thumbs-up from residents survey reveals

Bournemouth Echo: Cllr Hilary Cox Cllr Hilary Cox

A RECYCLING scheme in Dorset has been given whole-hearted approval from residents.

Nearly 90 per cent of 5,000 people in Christchurch, East Dorset and North Dorset who responded to a recent survey about the Dorset Waste Partnership, said they were either very satisfied or satisfied with the service, which launched in October 2012.

Only 4 per cent were dissatisfied and 1 per cent very dissatisfied.

Nearly three quarters said the scheme was better than the previous service, while only 8 per cent felt it was worse. And 85 per cent said they recycle more of their waste at home than before the new service.

In their comments, residents offered suggestions for improvements – such as a seasonal rather than year-round garden waste collection at a reduced cost – and highlighted some nagging problems, such as the need for more care by collection crews when replacing bins.

Residents also wanted to see Tetra-Pak cartons, plastic bags and film and aluminium foil added to the recycling service.

Cllr Hilary Cox, Chair of the DWP Joint Committee, said: “More than a quarter of the people we contacted took the opportunity to give us their views, which is a tremendous response to our first survey.

“What is most striking – but not surprising – about these results is how passionate people in Dorset are about recycling. Thanks to their efforts, recycling rates have doubled since they switched to the new service. “Now these results show us that most people are pleased with the changes, with nearly three quarters seeing the service as an improvement.

“Of course, not all the feedback is positive and we will listen to the comments people have made to further improve the service in the future.”

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1:20pm Thu 24 Apr 14

burgerboy says...

It's that photo of Pam Ayres again..........
It's that photo of Pam Ayres again.......... burgerboy
  • Score: 8

1:21pm Thu 24 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

Is that a typo? People would rather have a reduced garden waste service?
Is that a typo? People would rather have a reduced garden waste service? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 6

1:22pm Thu 24 Apr 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

Who was it said that there are lies, d*mn lies and statistics (AKA results of self serving surveys) ?
Who was it said that there are lies, d*mn lies and statistics (AKA results of self serving surveys) ? PUZZLED ONE
  • Score: 6

2:42pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Black Phoenix says...

My pet hate is the disgusting, smelly food waste bins. The bags that you buy for them are so thin they very often split. The rotting food sweats in the bag making removing them a juggling act so as not to get the stinky wet everywhere.
Has anyone any ideas to make it better?
My pet hate is the disgusting, smelly food waste bins. The bags that you buy for them are so thin they very often split. The rotting food sweats in the bag making removing them a juggling act so as not to get the stinky wet everywhere. Has anyone any ideas to make it better? Black Phoenix
  • Score: 7

3:20pm Thu 24 Apr 14

rozmister says...

Black Phoenix wrote:
My pet hate is the disgusting, smelly food waste bins. The bags that you buy for them are so thin they very often split. The rotting food sweats in the bag making removing them a juggling act so as not to get the stinky wet everywhere.
Has anyone any ideas to make it better?
Carry the caddy downstairs to to the external container and then just tip it in rather than trying to take it down in the bag and risking getting water on your carpets. I wouldn't want the liquid in the bottom of ours in my carpet and if the bag split indoors I'd probably cry so I always do it this way and it works perfectly!
[quote][p][bold]Black Phoenix[/bold] wrote: My pet hate is the disgusting, smelly food waste bins. The bags that you buy for them are so thin they very often split. The rotting food sweats in the bag making removing them a juggling act so as not to get the stinky wet everywhere. Has anyone any ideas to make it better?[/p][/quote]Carry the caddy downstairs to to the external container and then just tip it in rather than trying to take it down in the bag and risking getting water on your carpets. I wouldn't want the liquid in the bottom of ours in my carpet and if the bag split indoors I'd probably cry so I always do it this way and it works perfectly! rozmister
  • Score: 6

4:17pm Thu 24 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

In general, the new service has worked out very well up here in North Dorset. For our needs the garden waste collection is about right. We get our money's worth out of it in comparison to the number of trips we used to make to the nearest tip, at Blandford Forum, especially taking into account the time taken to load the car, drive to the tip, queue, empty the car then drive home and clean it out.

The poiint about food waste is a good one. At the last collection we ended up with a chicken carcase (amongst other things) stuck in the bottom of ours. By the time it gets emptied again the carcase will have been in there two weeks and will be more than a little stinky. It would be nice if the operatives could ensure the food waste bins are actually empty.
In general, the new service has worked out very well up here in North Dorset. For our needs the garden waste collection is about right. We get our money's worth out of it in comparison to the number of trips we used to make to the nearest tip, at Blandford Forum, especially taking into account the time taken to load the car, drive to the tip, queue, empty the car then drive home and clean it out. The poiint about food waste is a good one. At the last collection we ended up with a chicken carcase (amongst other things) stuck in the bottom of ours. By the time it gets emptied again the carcase will have been in there two weeks and will be more than a little stinky. It would be nice if the operatives could ensure the food waste bins are actually empty. JackJohnson
  • Score: 5

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