Recycling – The New Regime

From April 1, 2020

The Christchurch Times in September reported that the waste collection regimen is being taken over by BCP Council from its current provider, Dorset County Council. The original article is at the bottom of this page, but here is a summary of what will be happening, as reported in today’s printed Christchurch Times (12 March 2020), and a copy of a printed leaflet which should go through every letter box.

This is a summary of the main part of the newspaper report.

  • Not originally reported: Residents wanting to use the Wilverley Road recycling centre will have to provide proof of address. Hampshire residents will not longer be able to use it.
  • Glass jars, aluminium foil, tetra-pak cartons, tins, cans, metal lids and aerosols will all go into the main recycling bin.
  • Garden waste will also transfer to BCP as a cost of £37.65 from April-December.
  • Collections will still be every fortnight, but by the same crews. One vehicle will collect this, and another will come round for food waste.
A page from the recycling leaflet. Click for the complete version.

This guide gives basic information, including issues which may arise.


The Original Article, 26 September 2019

In the Christchurch Times, 26 September 2019, it was reported that Dorset County Council will cease to prove recycling services to Christchurch from 1 April 2020.

This article does not appear to be online, so here is a summary of the main points:

  • BCP Council met on Monday, 20 September 2019, to discuss proposals, with the decision made on September 30. Note that no changes will occur until April 1, 2020.
  • There will be a financial benefit of £342K annually, 2.39M over seven years
  • Services include
    • Household rubbish and recycling collections
    • Street cleaning
    • Commercial waste services
    • Garden waste
    • Fly tipping
  • If approved, most services will continue as before
  • Changes and Advantages (in addition to cost savings):
  • Glass will no longer be needed to be sorted into a separate box, but can be put into mixed recycling for the usual fortnightly collections
  • Foil & cartons can be included for recycling
  • Thus there is a simpler system:
    • Fewer containers
    • Less lifting