New recycling wheelie bins for Telford & Wrekin residents

As from today (1 April 2014), residents in Telford & Wrekin will start to receive a purple top wheelie bin which they will use for recycling their cans, glass and plastic (cardboard and paper will continue to be mixed together in the existing blue box or bag).

All residents should have received their new purple top bin by the middle of May. The new service will improve the level of recycling and divert waste from landfill with a projected increase in recycling from its current rate of 43 per cent to 59 per cent, once all the proposed investment and operational improvements of the contract are in place.

Residents will not see a change to their current collection days although they may see a change to the time their collection takes place, so residents are being advised to ensure their containers are presented by 7am on their collection day. The kerbside recycling service will maintain the current range of materials – including cardboard – but will use fewer containers making it easier for residents. Every household in the Borough has received a leaflet explaining how the new service will work. More information can be found at

There will also be information inside the lid of the new purple top wheelie bin.

Councillor Shaun Davies, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “To be able to offer Telford & Wrekin residents enhanced recycling and waste services while making significant contract cost savings is no mean achievement. I hope the residents of Telford & Wrekin will embrace the new recycling service.”

Jon Callaghan, General Manager for Veolia in Telford & Wrekin said: “It will take five weeks to deliver the new wheelie bins. Therefore all residents will have received their new bin by the middle of May. As soon as residents receive their purple top bin, they can start to use it.”

Telford & Wrekin Council has selected Veolia Environmental Services to manage its waste and recycling services by awarding a contract which puts the emphasis on improving the service for residents and delivering savings. Note to editors: Communal properties will also have new bigger recycling bins installed as part of the new service. Residents who live in communal properties will receive a purple bag and a blue bag for use in their flats.