Next Bin Roll Out Announced
10:42am 12th January 2015
Around 19,000 households in Beaminster, Bridport and Lyme Regis and nearby parts of West Dorset will start to receive information from next week about changes to their bin collections.
The Recycle for Dorset collection service, which is already used across the rest of the county, will start in the area the week beginning Monday 13 July.
Where it has already been introduced, the service has helped increase the county's recycling rate to more than 60% - one of the best in the UK.
The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) is posting a letter and enclosed leaflet to all households in the area over the next three weeks.
It is important that residents read the information and respond online or by phone no later than Thursday 26 February if they think the new containers will not meet their household's needs. Residents who would have difficulty physically moving their bins should also get in touch.
Households also have until 26 February to pay to receive the DWP's popular fortnightly garden waste collection from July. Around 32,000 Dorset households have already signed up.
The quickest way to request changes or to pay for the garden waste collection is online at www.dorsetforyou.com/recyclefordorset
Phone lines are expected to be busy, so residents are advised to go online if they can. A web chat service is also available to help with any queries.
The Recycle for Dorset service lets residents recycle more than before, including plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays.
Food waste will be collected weekly using a 23-litre lockable bin and a 7-litre kitchen caddy. Recycling will be collected fortnightly using a larger wheelie bin and residents' existing box, which will be for glass only. Rubbish will be collected fortnightly in a smaller wheelie bin.
Residents should contact the DWP if their existing green box is missing so that a replacement can be delivered by July.
Four roadshows are being held during February where residents can see the new bins and ask questions. Details are included in the letters and can also be found at www.dorsetforyou.com/recyclingevents
Steve Burdis, Director of the Dorset Waste Partnership, said:
"This is our fifth and final phase of rolling out the 'recycle for Dorset' service. The results so far have been excellent, with big increases in recycling, reductions in landfill waste and higher levels of customer satisfaction.
"We are giving residents the chance to find out more and asking them to contact us before 26 February about their household's needs so that we can deliver the right containers before July.
"Any change to such an important service as waste collections can take time to get used to. I would encourage residents to read their information, check our website and come to a roadshow to see how it will work for them."
For more information about the 'recycle for Dorset' service, go to www.dorsetforyou.com/recyclefordorset