HOMES across parts of Purbeck should start receiving containers for their new ‘recycle for Dorset’ collection service this month.

These new containers will be distributed throughout January and February across Purbeck and West Dorset.

The containers will be used with the new service, set to start in March.

Around 18,000 containers were delivered to Purbeck homes in the Christmas run-up, and deliveries should be completed by the end of February.

A Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) spokesman said: “Most households will receive a seven-litre kitchen caddy and 23-litre lockable bin for food waste, a 140-litre wheelie bin for rubbish and a 240-litre wheelie bin for recycling.

“Purbeck households that already have a 240-litre wheelie bin for rubbish will use this for their recycling from March.

“All households will keep their green box to use for recycling glass.”

The spokesman said properties that were unable to use wheelie bins would receive sacks for rubbish and two extra boxes for recycling.

Residents who paid for an optional garden waste bin before October 18 will also receive this, according to DWP.

The spokesman added: “Everyone will also get an information pack through their letterbox, with a user guide, stickers for their recycling containers , a reusable battery bag and free compostable caddy liners.

“New collection calendars starting from March will be posted separately during February.

“Deliveries are on a rolling basis.

“Residents do not need to be home when their containers are delivered but should take them into their property as soon as they can.”

The aim of ‘recycle for Dorset’ is to increase waste recycling to 65 per cent by 2015, reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill and drive down costs.