The volunteers at charity Win on Waste (formerly Ideas2Action) are making a real difference to the life-changing work of local charities and the environment by taking on Dorset’s sea of waste.

Last year the charity’s 67 volunteers helped to collect 6,198 bags of waste from their 16 Win on Waste recycling sessions held across Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and East Dorset – saving items from the bin and passing them on to good causes.

Every crisp packet, milk bottle top and stamp help to support charities like Poole & District Branch of Parkinson's UK, chair Julie Gracey said: “The coins and stamps donated raised more than £100 and this will fund our amazing research to find better treatments and a cure in years, not decades.”

Through its recycling directories - We Need That, which targets general waste and Decluttering? We Need That, which targets people clearing their homes, Win on Waste wants to show people items saved from the bin could be just what a good cause is looking for.

Monique Munroe, Win on Waste Business Manager says CAN’s support has helped them flourish. “You’ve helped in so many ways with training and advice, but the most important thing was supporting us with our application to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

“This was the catalyst for our growth, and it opened up opportunities for funding that wouldn’t have been available to us before. One of the successful funding bids was to Wessex Water, which helped us start Poole Town’s Win on Waste project, in an area of deprivation. This means we reach more people and enable them to help good causes with their waste, rather than only through monetary donations.”

The projects reach out to all sections of the community. Its Win on Waste on Wheels project last year helped isolated, older housebound people, who were physically unable to attend a session in person, donate items of waste.

It also acknowledges the schools, organisations and people who go that extra mile with recycling with its annual Recycling Awards Event.

For more visit: ideas2action.org.uk/ or call 07771 705662.