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Waste changes to boost recycling

Changes to waste collections in a Dorset town will boost recycling rates, the council says.

Residents in Weymouth and Portland will be able to recycle batteries, mobile phones, catalogues and telephone directories from 20 October.

Wheelie bins and recycling boxes will also be collected on the same day for the first time under the plans.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council says it will make it easier for people to remember when to put waste out.

'Best rates'

Information packs detailing the new collection times for each area, and bags for batteries and mobiles, will be delivered in the coming weeks.

Resident will be able to recycle envelopes, catalogues and telephone directories using green bags.

Doug Hollings, member for environment and sustainability, said: "We have one of the best rates for recycling in the south west and we are always looking to improve things.

"As a council we pride ourselves on our active approach to caring for the environment, which is why we have now taken these measures."

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