Changes to recycling collections in Lichfield and Burntwood have been approved by councillors.
Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council have agreed to move to dual-stream recycling – which will see card and paper collected in new blue bags – from April 2022.
Cans, bottles and plastic will continue to be collected in blue bins, but the new bags will be required for other recycling items.
Cllr Ashley Yeates, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for climate change and recycling, said:
“I am pleased both councils have agreed to the funding arrangements proposed this week, as it means we can move forward with the introduction of a dual stream service and improve the quality of the recycling we collect.
“Local households will receive a bag, or in some rural areas an extra blue bin, and from next April we will ask them to separate out their paper and card into the bags, while using their original blue bins for all their other recycling.
“Locally both Newcastle and Stafford have made this change and the system is working well. I also understand other Staffordshire local authorities are intending to make this move along with us.
“This is a fairly big change, so we are setting up a member task group to help launch the new service, which will include how best to roll it out to local households and promote the changes widely so all our residents are well prepared in advance.”Cllr Ashley Yeates, Lichfield District Council