THE first in a series of roadshows to explain changes to bin collections are coming up.

Thirteen public roadshows are being held during May and June for residents to see the new bins and speak to Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) officers.

As reported in the Echo, changes are being made to bin collection affecting 50,000 households in Weymouth and Portland and parts of West Dorset.

It lets residents recycle more than before, including plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays.

Letters are being sent to residents explaining the changes.

The Recycle for Dorset collection service will start in the area from Monday, October 13. The service is already used by 135,000 Dorset households, leading to recycling rates doubling in some areas.

Director of the Dorset Waste Partnership Steve Burdis said: “This is our fourth phase of rolling out the ‘recycle for Dorset’ service, having already introduced it to 135,000 households.

“The results so far have been excellent, with big increases in recycling, savings on waste costs and high levels of customer satisfaction.”

Roadshows are being held at Maiden Newton Village Hall on Friday, May 16, and at Morrisons in Weymouth the following day.

Further events in Weymouth are being held at the Park Centre on Wednesday, May 28, the Co-op in Littlemoor on Friday, May 30 and at Asda on Saturday, May 31.

The sessions will all run from 10am to 1pm.

Residents who think the standard service will not meet their specific needs should contact the DWP online at dorsetforyou. com/recyclefordorset or by calling 01305 221040 no later than Thursday, June 19 to request different containers or help moving their bins.