New waste and recycling service for Christchurch provided by BCP Council from 1 April 2020

Posted on Thursday 26 March 2020

Welcome packs have been sent to every household in Christchurch during March, to inform residents that from 1 April, BCP Council will be taking over all their waste and recycling services.

The welcome packs, which include an introduction letter, collection calendar and information leaflet, form part of a campaign targeted at Christchurch residents to inform them of the changes to their service provider and their current waste and recycling service.

Following the formation of BCP Council in April 2019, the Dorset Waste Partnership continued to provide all cleansing and waste services to Christchurch residents. From 1 April 2020, this agreement comes to an end with BCP Council taking over all the household rubbish and recycling collections, the garden waste service (which is currently suspended across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to allow the council to prioritise rubbish, food waste and recycling collections), street cleaning, commercial waste services and fly-tipping enforcement in Christchurch.

From 1 April, residents will continue to receive fortnightly waste and recycling collections, with a separate vehicle undertaking the weekly food waste collections. Changes include the ability to recycle more, with aluminium foil and tetra pak cartons being added to the list of items that can be put in the recycling bin. Glass bottles and jars no longer need to be separated but will need to be put in with the main recycling. The kerbside collection boxes will no longer be collected and can be kept for alternative uses or disposed of at the local Household Recycling Centre.

Councillor Felicity Rice, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change commented:

“We look forward to welcoming Christchurch on board with our waste and recycling services from 1 April. We have communicated with all Christchurch residents in a number of different ways to ensure they are fully informed on the changes.”

For more information on the changes, please visit