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For its 17th annual Recycle Week (23rd – 29th September), Recycle Now - working locally with the Dorset Waste Partnership - is tasking people all over the UK to act and focus on getting recycling right during Recycle Week.

Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that over 60% of UK households are now recycling more than they were a year ago, with nearly a third citing environmental concerns as the main reason for doing more. Others attribute it to an increased awareness of what can be recycled.

Dorset is a county of recyclers – but there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better.

Check out the 'We Need That' directory to see if your waste items could be used by a non-profit organisation at…/we-need-that-dorset-reus….

No need to check plastic recycling codes. If it's a bottle, tub, tray or pot of any colour, it can go in the recycling bin.

You can keep metal lids on glass bottles and jars.

Cartons (eg. Tetra-pak), paper cups, textiles and foil cannot be recycled at the kerbside, BUT there are household recycling centres and recycling banks in car parks for these items all over Dorset.

Find out where at…/find-a-recycling-centre-…

Food waste should never go in the rubbish or recycling bin. Please use your food waste bin.

And if you’re at all unsure about how to recycle a specific item, remember to check out our Which Bin webpage at…/…/which-bin-do-i-use.aspx

or visit the Recycle Now's Recycling Locator at

Thank you, and keep up the good work!