Cameras will be installed at household waste recycling centres in Lichfield and Burntwood this year so people can see how busy they are before visiting.
It is hoped the move to stream live pictures online will help ease wait times and allow users to stagger their journeys and reduce queueing at peak times.
The initiative is part of an improvement programme unveiled by Staffordshire County Council after it ended a management contract with contractors and took over running the sites directly.
Cllr Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, infrastructure and climate change, said:
“This is a large, complex operation which only closes three days a year and I am delighted by the smoothness of the return in-house.
“This will ensure we maintain the best service for residents and it also allows us to be sustainable and innovative at the same time.
“Improvements such as the installation of cameras that residents can view on their phone or on their laptop are all part of the process to encourage recycling.”Cllr Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council
A report to be considered by the county council’s cabinet next week will hear that since returning the service to county council control, the number of lorries removing recycling from sites has increased, allowing more material to be accepted at household waste recycling centres.
Cllr Tagg added:
“Later this year we will be detailing investment for a significant improvement and maintenance plan for the years ahead.
“We want to make the household waste recycling centres sustainable for the future, encourage greater use now and make them able to deal with future demand from a growing population.”Cllr Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council