A Dorset firm is inviting residents, community groups and fellow businesses to suggest ideas for a new education centre devoted to tackling the county’s waste challenge.  

Experts at recycling and renewable energy company Eco Sustainable Solutions are keen to encourage better use of waste locally and stop it ending up in landfill.

The 25-year-old firm already recycles 250,000 tonnes of local waste a year, creating compost, soil improver, fertiliser, landscaping products and biofuels.

It now wants to process a further 60,000 tonnes a year at a proposed energy recovery facility at its Eco Park site near Bournemouth Airport.

Some of the extra waste that cannot be recycled would be used to generate low-carbon electricity and heat that could benefit local homes and businesses.

Eco’s commercial director Peter Hardy said: “Education is absolutely vital to addressing our collective waste challenge.

“In the BCP Council area and across Dorset, a significant amount of waste still ends up in landfill.

“We want to be a good partner to BCP and Dorset councils in their wider efforts to fight the war on waste and tackle climate change.

“We believe that investing in a visitor and education centre alongside our energy recovery facility at Parley will help with that.

“We want to hear what local people, businesses, schools and community organisations would like to see in such a centre, and how they feel we can work together to encourage more recycling and better waste management.” 

For more information and to suggest ideas for the centre, e-mail info@thisiseco.co.uk or call 01202 593601.

Eco have published a blog explaining more about the rationale for a visitor and education centre at https://www.thisiseco.co.uk/news_and_blog/thinking-ahead-during-national-recycle-week-2020.html

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