Over the next couple of weeks the last of the blue bags will be rolled out across the town.
The recycling is changing to encourage separation of paper and cardboard into a bag rather than a bin to prevent the paper getting contaminated.
Recycling will still be collected together on the same day in most places but there is now a new fleet of twin-pack refuse vehicles, these vehicles have two sections so both the bags, and your blue bin (which contains plastics, glass and metals) can still be collected at the same time.
I appreciate that some will be a little confused by the changes but a leaflet will be delivered with your blue bag to indicate what can go in the bag.
If in any doubt, place the item in your black general waste bin. Unlike other areas, general waste in Staffordshire does not go to landfill, it goes to an energy production centre where the waste is burnt to produce electricity.
On some of the big questions being asked here's a few responses.
My cardboard box won't fit in what do I do?
Leave the crushed boxes next to your paper bag (or rest the bag on top) and the bin staff will take them away.
Can I have an additional bag?
After the bag roll out has completed at the end of the month, the Council will allow additional bags to be requested. The Council can also be contacted if you have a broken bag.
Will they blow away in poor weather?
No the bags are weighted and have Velcro lids to help prevent paper from getting loose should the weather be poor on the day of collection. You can leave your bag inside your blue bin if you feel it necessary.
How do we know who has which bag?
The bag has an address area on it where you can write in your house number or any specific instructions for returning the bag.
What happens to our recycling?
Tins and cans - melted down to make new steel and aluminium items.
Glass Bottles and jars - washed, crushed and melted to be recycled into new bottles. Some recycled glass is used in road making too.
Plastics - cut into flakes, washed, dried and make into brand new products
Paper and Card - sent to a paper mill, pulped and turned into new paper.
The new system will allow for many more recycling loads to meet the criteria for recycling, in particular our paper loads.
For any further queries the waste services can be contacted on 0345 002 00 22.