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Win on Waste receives funding from Wessex Water

Win on Waste has received funding from the Wessex Water Foundation to combat social isolation for local people who are housebound or currently shielding.

The foundation’s Recovery Fund aims to support local organisations and charities affected by the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, helping them to support their communities and build resilience for the future.

Win on Waste has been undertaking projects to benefit local people in the BCP and Dorset Council areas since 2013. With a primary focus on waste and recycling, Win on Waste is responsible for running 19 waste collection sessions in Dorset and in 2019-2020 helped local residents remove 3400 bags of waste from landfill and kerbside recycling. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced the charity to suspend these in-person sessions for the time being.

Stacey Woods, Win on Waste Business Manager, said: ‘This grant of £650 will be put to use to help us combat social isolation in people who may be shielding due to Covid-19, or might be otherwise housebound, by asking them to nurse ailing house plants back to health.’

The goal of the project is to fully support volunteers in caring for donated house plants that may otherwise have been thrown away, allowing us to provide meaningful occupation and community outreach to isolated people, while removing the plants themselves from among common household waste.

We will be posting more details about Pass on Plants and how you can get involved soon – in the meantime, if you feel that you would like to take part, or if you have a plant that you would like to donate into the project, please contact us.

The Wessex Water Foundation is a multi-million-pound initiative, launched in June 2020, which provides a dedicated funding stream for projects across the region.

It is run in partnership with the Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset and Quartet Community Foundations and from April 2021 it will provide at least half a million pounds of funding every year to support local community groups, environmental projects, and charities helping those who are suffering the consequences of poverty through low income or unemployment.

To find out more about the Wessex Water Foundation visit

We Need That! Oct/Nov/Dec Edition Out Now…

The latest edition of We Need That! has gone live today…

Due to Covid-19, there have been some changes to the advertised categories and collectors of the various listed items, please do take time to have a browse as there are still plenty of places to take your items.

As ever, please do take care in taking your items to collection points and be mindful of the Covid restrictions that are currently in place in our area.

If you need any further advice on items you have collected, please do get in touch with us, and we will do our best to help.

If you represent a charity or organisation that is collecting any of the listed items, or anything that you would like to add to the next edition of We Need That!, you can find out more here…

Our Collected Waste

Although we have not been able to run any sessions since March, you may have some items that we previously collected at home. If you have a long list of items, please get in touch with us and we can try and point you in the right direction.

Otherwise our most popular waste streams, with best places to look or to take them are listed below:

Crisp Packets – Check for a list of charitable and private collectors still looking for crisp and snack packets.

Milk Bottle Tops – New Forest Mencap are still taking these for fundraising

Coffee Pods – Unfortunately, we will no longer be taking these items at all, but they can be dropped off at Point2Point Transport,  Unit 10 Forest Close, Ebblake Industrial Estate, Verwood, Dorset BH31 6DE – the collection point is open 24 hours a day.

Aluminium Foil – Dorset Reclaim is still collecting foil, which can be dropped at any of their depots. Check their website for depot addresses.

A new version of the We Need That! Directory is also due out shortly…

Win on Waste Update

Huge thanks to all those donors who have continued to contact us about their collected waste, and to ask when our sessions might be able to get up and running again.

At the moment, we don’t expect to be able to start Win on Waste sessions up again until the new year, but we are working hard in the background to look at the best items to collect and the range of charities we wish to support moving forward.

Our most important bit of news is that from January Ideas2Action will be known as Win on Waste.

As Win on Waste proved to be our most enduring project, we have changed our name and focus towards promoting reuse and recycling, but will still have a firm emphasis on building community and benefitting local people and charities.

Alongside this change, we have already started the switch over to becoming Win on Waste on our social media, so if you already follow Ideas2Action we’d be grateful if you could use the links below to begin following our new accounts.

We are also really excited to launch a new website in January to reflect these changes.

As with all of our activities, none of this could happen without the support of our fantastic Ambassadors and volunteers, so we offer thanks to them for their continuing support.

Win on Waste on Facebook

Win on Waste on Twitter

23 June Update

We are starting to receive enquiries about when we plan to reopen our community recycling projects.  At the time of writing we do not see this happening for quite a while yet as we plan the safest way to do this.  There will be changes and this may mean only a limited number of sessions reopening and donating carried out in a different way.  In the meantime, thank you very much for your patience.


Dear Win on Waste Donors – please do not store your waste

Dear Win on Waste Donors

We hope you are all keeping well.

We thought we should write now as it may be at least 3 months before we can even possibly look at re-starting the Win on Waste sessions.  So we are writing to ask you please not to keep the waste you normally save and bring to us.   Just recycle as much as you can.

We know it goes against everything we stand for in normal circumstances, but sadly these are not normal circumstances.

One reason is obviously the potential risk of any lingering contamination and the second is because we simply couldn’t cope with large amounts.  In February we received a total of 759 carrier bags of donated waste from all our sessions.  If, during April, May and June the same amount of waste each month was saved and then donated when we re-start, that would be 2,277 carrier bags.  Our volunteers, cars and the storage we use at our homes simply couldn’t cope with this.

We hope you will understand and respect this as we need to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our volunteers.  Our cars and homes too!

Finally, we are all missing seeing you at the sessions and we know that they are important to you too.  So instead of giving us your waste, how about giving us your thoughts about what the sessions mean to you. We’d love to hear from you and we’ll share these with all our volunteers, as we are sure, these will help to give them a boost.

Thank you very much for your support.

Keep well and safe.