South Staffordshire Council announces changes to recycling system

Released on 22 April 2022

One of the new blue recycling bags
One of the new blue recycling bags

Residents across South Staffordshire will soon receive large blue bags which they will be asked to use for the recycling of paper and cardboard waste.

The new scheme, set to be rolled out next month, will result in several benefits – including improved recycling performance, a reduction in material rejected for recycling due to contamination, and a more cost-effective service.

Householders will retain their current blue bins for all other recyclable materials: glass, cans, and plastic.

The reusable blue bags should be presented alongside residents' blue bins – with both being collected as usual on each area's recycling collection day every fortnight.

Each household will receive one bag to begin with, but those who produce more card and paper can request an extra bag if they find one is insufficient. 

Bags will be delivered from May 9, with the new collection regime to fully commence on May 23. Residents are asked to start using the bags as soon as they arrive.

Some properties including flats and communal properties will not receive bags and will instead receive updated recycling bins for separate paper and card collection.

Each bag will be weighted at the bottom, to prevent them from blowing away, and will have a lid which can be sealed on all sides. They are also waterproof, so can be stored alongside residents' other bins outside.

The new 'dual stream' recycling process will allow the council to meet the recycling market's demand for higher quality items that are clean, dry, and free from contamination, allowing the material to be turned into more new things than ever before.

The new blue recycling bag next to a blue recycling bin

The new blue recycling bag next to a blue recycling bin

Cans, glass and plastics in the blue bin will also be easier to sort from each other.

With recycling companies asking for better quality material, the cost of sorting the waste has risen. Reduced contamination means fewer loads are turned away from the council's recycling site, meaning the process will cost the district less - and help the authority recycle more.

South Staffordshire Council is the latest local authority across Staffordshire to introduce the new system; with the blue recycling bags already in use in Stafford and Newcastle under Lyme – as well as many other areas across the country.

Councillor Leonard Bates BEM, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “South Staffordshire Council takes great pride in delivering an excellent waste and recycling collection service to its residents.

“By making this change to our service, we continue to ensure that our residents receive a service which reflects best practice in the waste and recycling sector, and proactively achieves the modern standards which are forthcoming on the national scale."

The new recycling bag scheme forms part of the council's preparations ahead of imminent national changes to recycling standards as part of the government's Resources and Waste Strategy.

For more information and to see South Staffordshire Council's frequently asked questions section on the new scheme, visit

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