Residents across Shropshire will be able to recycle cardboard at the kerbside from this autumn as part of the roll-out of a new recycling collection service provided by Shropshire Council and their waste contractor Veolia.
The new service, provided by the authority's waste contractor Veolia, is being introduced across the Shropshire Council area in phases from October, starting in the Shrewsbury area.
The collection of cardboard has been made possible by Veolia purchasing a new fleet of collection lorries.
The cardboard collection service is being introduced as follows:
Shrewsbury & Atcham October 2016
North Shropshire November 2016
South Shropshire December 2016
Oswestry January 2017
Bridgnorth February 2017
Households will be provided with a new blue bag for paper and cardboard. Plastics, cans and glass will no longer need to be separated and can be mixed together in recycling boxes.
Mal Price, Shropshire Council's Cabinet member with responsibility for waste management, said: "This is great news for all of us. For a long time people have told us that they want to recycle cardboard at the kerbside, and for a long time we've been working hard to make this happen.
"Removal of cardboard from garden waste collections was forced on Shropshire Council and Veolia by a change to national composting standards in November 2011. This meant that composters would no longer accept cardboard collected in the garden waste bin.
This afternoon the council tweeted:
"Since these changes, Shropshire Council and Veolia have been exploring ways to collect cardboard for recycling from the kerbside in the future, and I'm really pleased that we'll now be able to do so as part of this new service."
Steve Mitchell, Director for Veolia, said: "The new system is an easier way to recycle. People will soon receive a letter and more information about the service, and we ask them not to put any cardboard out until the new service starts in their area.
"Residents in Shropshire already recycle 52% of their household waste, and together with the new system, we hope we can recycle even more."
In addition, households in the former Shrewsbury & Atcham area will soon be able to recycle food waste by mixing it in with their garden waste. They will be receiving a food caddy this month and their food waste service starts in May.
Residents in the former North Shropshire and South Shropshire districts have been able to recycle food waste with their garden waste for several years. North Shropshire residents already use kitchen caddies, and residents in South Shropshire will be receiving a caddy for the first time later this month.
Residents in the former Bridgnorth and Oswestry districts will receive the new food waste collection service once a new high-tech in-vessel composting facility designed to serve the area is built. It is expected that a planning application will be submitted this year with a view to the facility becoming operational in 2018.