Don't Use Your New Bins Yet
9:21am 30th January 2014
If you've just received your new bins from West Dorset District Council - there's a warning.
Don't start using them until after the last collection at the end of this month - as they won't be emptied.
You can put your new containers out from the 3rd March but not before.
The service will start for 41,000 households in Purbeck, Dorchester, Broadmayne, the Cerne and Piddle Valleys, Charminster, Crossways, Osmington, Owermoigne, Puddletown and Tolpuddle in the first week of March.
New collection calendars will be posted directly to households in West Dorset by Friday 7 February and Purbeck by Friday 14 February.
The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) has finished delivering containers in Purbeck, Osmington and Owermoigne. Deliveries in Dorchester will be completed this week and all deliveries will be complete by the end of February.
Most households will receive:
a 240-litre wheelie bin with a green lid for recycling
a 140-litre grey bin for rubbish
a 23-litre lockable outdoor bin and a 7-litre kitchen caddy for food waste
Households will keep their green box to recycle glass. Properties assessed as unable to use wheelie bins will receive two more recycling boxes and a year's supply of blue rubbish sacks.
All households will receive an information pack through their letterbox, which includes stickers, compostable caddy liners and a user guide, which residents should read carefully.
Residents should take their containers onto their property and store them as soon as they can. They could also move their neighbours' bins off the pavement if they are away.
The 'recycle for Dorset' service aims to reduce costs by £2m a year and increase the recycling rate to 65 per cent. In Christchurch, East Dorset and North Dorset, which now use the service, the recycling rate is now more than 60 per cent.
The remaining phases of the service roll-out are:
October 2014: Weymouth and Portland and the part of West Dorset including Abbotsbury, Maiden Newton, Sherborne and Yetminster;
Summer 2015 (TBC): The rest of West Dorset, including Beaminster, Bridport and Lyme Regis.