Shropshire Council

New kerbside recycling collection service

Residents across Shropshire will be able to recycle cardboard at the kerbside from autumn 2016 as part of the roll-out of a new recycling collection service provided by us and our waste contractor Veolia.

The new service is being introduced across the Shropshire Council area in phases from October 2016, starting in the Shrewsbury 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 will no longer need to be separated and can be mixed together in recycling boxes.

The collection of cardboard has been made possible by Veolia purchasing a new fleet of collection lorries.

Residents in the former Bridgnorth and Oswestry districts will receive a 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.

Further information 

1. The service is being introduced on an area-by-area basis, based on Shropshire’s former districts.  Further information will be sent a few weeks before the service is due to start in their area.

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

2. People will be able to put paper and cardboard in their blue bag. Mixing paper and card together in one container is acceptable as these items will be collected together on the new collection vehicle.

3. The vehicles that Veolia will use have split bodies. One side is for the paper and card mix and the other side is for the mixed recycling (cans, plastic and glass).  The two sets of recycling get sent on to different facilities so they can be recycled.

4. If people have lots of cardboard, they will be able to cut or tear it into small manageable pieces (the size of the blue bag) and secure it together. The extra cardboard can then be left by the side of their blue bag, secured so that it doesn’t become wind-blown. Cardboard put out for recycling cannot contain any polystyrene, staples, tape or plastic, as this can’t be recycled. 

Find out more about the current collection service for your area.