Sunday, 27 April 2014

St Albans Council to trial new cardboard collection service

Source - news release from St Albans Council on 25 April 2014

St Albans City and District Council is to trial a new cardboard collection service in selected areas to run alongside the current kerbside recycling. The trial follows constructive feedback from residents about the Council’s recycling scheme. The scheme was changed last year with the aim of helping to increase household recycling rates above 60%. 

If the trial is successful, the service will be rolled out across the District and will make it easier for residents to recycle cardboard. Residents will then no longer have to break down large pieces of cardboard to fit into their paper recycling boxes or request a special large cardboard collection service.

At a meeting on Thursday 24 April, Cabinet heard that the Council’s waste collection contractors Amey will test the new service from mid-May until the end of June. The service will involve dedicated cardboard and paper collection vehicles that will be used to take residents’ cardboard and paper on their recycling collection days.

The trial will take place across 12 collection rounds that have yet to be agreed. Once details are finalised, the information will be posted on the Council’s website and residents affected will be notified. Subject to the trial being successful, Amey will roll out the new service across the District during the summer.

The Council is currently running a special post-Easter cardboard collection service until Friday 2 May. This is because it is a time of year when a lot of cardboard is generated, for example from home improvement projects. Residents should put cardboard in their recycling box with paper or flatten larger pieces and stack them alongside for collection on their first recycling day after Easter. Details of waste and recycling collections following Easter are available here.

If residents miss this one-off collection, they can place cardboard in their paper recycling boxes. Alternatively, they can book a special collection for oversized cardboard during their normal recycling week by calling 01727 819285 or email

Last year, the Council asked residents to remove cardboard from green waste as part of its recycling scheme to help increase household recycling rates to above 60%. This is because national standards for compost have tightened recently and the cardboard was contaminating green waste making it unusable as compost. When green waste is contaminated with cardboard, it is rejected by the composting plant and has to be sent to landfill. 

The Cabinet meeting on 24 April was webcast and can be watched on the Council’s website at: The papers for the meeting are available at:

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