Plans for new recycling bins to replace boxes

An optional wheelie bin to replace household recycling boxes could soon be offered to Shropshire residents.

Shropshire Council’s cabinet has backed plans to bring in 240-litre bins for glass, metal and plastics, in a move the authority hopes will increase recycling rates.

The bins would replace the 55-litre black boxes, of which most households have two – therefore more than doubling current capacity.

A report to cabinet estimates the rollout, based on a 96.7 per cent take-up, will come at a total cost of £2.93 million. Residents will not be asked to pay towards the bins.

The council says the bins would reduce the amount of waste lost to the recycling process after being blown out of the boxes on windy days, be easier to store, and reduce the amount of bending and lifting for residents and bin crews. Cabinet yesterday agreed the plans in principle, subject to funding being agreed.

Changes to the capital strategy would need to be agreed at a meeting of the full council.

Ian Nellins, portfolio holder for waste and recycling, said: “This really is great news for Shropshire residents, which I’m sure will be well received.

“The provision of a bin for recycling is a direct response to our residents’ comments and requests – and is a pledge we made in our election manifesto earlier this year.

“We know it’s something that many people want, and it’s something that will help us to boost the amount of waste that is recycles in Shropshire.

“It won’t be compulsory to have a bin. Some people may not have room for one but we’re confident that many people will want to take up this opportunity.”

It is estimated that a roll-out of the scheme would be completed in around six months from an order being placed with the manufacturer.

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