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 by Shropshire Council and our waste contractor, Veolia.
The new service is being introduced on an area-by-area basis from this October, using Shropshire’s former districts.
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
In the next few weeks residents across the county will be receiving a letter which outlines the changes and the timescales in their area.
The main changes under the new service are:
- Residents will be provided with a new blue bag for paper and cardboard.
- Plastics, cans and glass can be mixed together in recycling boxes, meaning they will no longer need to be separated.
The collection of cardboard has been made possible by Veolia purchasing a new fleet of collection lorries.
As you will be aware, 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. 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.
The new system is an easier way to recycle. 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 to the above changes, residents 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 during April and their food waste service starts in May.
Residents in the former north 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 of 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.