Nuneaton and Bedworth borough council are planning to co-mingle their recycling collection every two weeks.

Approved by the council’s cabinet on 12 April 2023, the proposals are expected to be implemented in August this year.

The approval requires householders with doorstep collections to co-mingle all recyclables into a wheelie bin, which is collected with residual waste every other week.

The initiative will increase the recycling rates of a larger range of materials, while improving efficiency by saving time and money and helping expedite the waste-sorting process.

Councillor and portfolio holder for public services Sue Markham said: “We’ve taken huge strides forward to improve recycling, but it’s clear that we must make some big changes now if we want to further increase recycling rates.

“Introducing co-mingled mixed recycling will make the system much more straightforward for residents and will help us reduce costs, save time and boost recycling rates.

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“I’m pleased we’ve agreed these plans to make recycling easier because we must make fundamental changes to the system if we are going to further increase recycling rates.”

The council, through its every-two-week brown lid bin service, has been recycling approximately 18% of its waste.

The service saw approximately 63,000 householders discarding recyclable paper in a caddy, alongside other dry recyclables such as glass and cans to be separated by waste contractors.

Approval from the cabinet comes after neighbouring boroughs in Warwickshire jointly invested in a new high-tech materials recovery facility in Whitley.