The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) has started delivering bins to thousands of households ahead of the launch of its new single recycling system for the county.
New containers are being delivered to 53,000 households as part of the Recycle for Dorset service which will start in October and replace the 12 separate collection services currently operating.
The DWP is rolling out the service across Dorset, except for Bournemouth and Poole, over the next three years. The new service aims to cut costs by £2m a year and increase Dorset’s recycling from 50% to 65% by 2015.
The new service will start in Christchurch on 1 October and in parts of East Dorset on 29 October with residents receiving new bins between six and two weeks before the start of the new service.
Households will get one bin for fortnightly collection of recycling, a smaller bin for fortnightly collection of rubbish, as well as a smaller bin for weekly collection of food waste and and a kitchen caddy.
There will also be an optional fortnightly garden waste collection with a choice of a larger wheelie bin (£35 a year) or a smaller container (£25 a year).
Dorset Waste Partnership director Steve Burdis: “The new containers are easy to use and move. They will reduce litter by protecting waste from animals and help Dorset recycle more materials, such as food waste and plastic pots, tubs and trays, rather than sending them to landfill.”