Your Waste and Recycling Service

Your Waste and Recycling Service

We all produce waste during our day-to-day lives and when the materials that we consume come to the end of their useful life it is important we make better use of them by reusing or recycling those we can. We all have a shared responsibility to help achieve this.

To enable our residents to do this the Council provides a four-stream waste and recycling collection service. This comprises of:

The blue bag is for paper and cardboard. 


A blue bin for plastic bottles, tubs and trays, food and drink cans, and glass bottles and jars 


A Brown bin for organic compostable material


 A Green bin for non-recyclable/compostable waste (this is used to generate electricity).



All three services operate on a fortnightly collection schedule.

How are we doing?

Cannock Council would like to thank its residents for helping to reach a fantastic recycling rate.
Thanks to the efforts of its residents the district continues to increase the amount of waste that is recycled and composed instead of being thrown away. This helps to save resources, and energy and protect the environment for future generations.

When the council first introduced recycling in 2004/5 the recycling rate was at 13.4% and composting rate at 8.1% which meant that 78% of the waste in the district was thrown away and not put to good use. Since 2012 we have always been above 50% recycling level. However, in the recent years, the recycling rate has fallen and the amount that is now sent for energy recovery has increased.


In 2019/20 the Council collected the following tonnages from 42,000+ Households within the district:

8,515 tonnes of garden waste was collected from the brown bin and converted into compost.


9,746 tonnes of recyclables were collected from the blue bins and recycled back into new products


20,463 tonnes of waste collected in the green bins was disposed of at an energy recovery facility.


We are fairly certain that more materials could be recycled that are still been put into the green bin.

The yearly history of the district's performance since 2005 is shown below. The Total Recycling includes both the dry recycling (blue bins) and organic/garden (brown bins).

The graph below shows the performance of the dry recycling and the organic/garden elements of the our recycling performance.

Is my bin too heavy

We have been asked on several occasions how heavy a bin has to be before it is rejected by our crews.

Each bin lift on the back of the lorry has its own weight-lifting sensors. These sensors are fitted to accept up to the maximum weight that is safe for a standard bin to hold. After speaking to our bin manufacturers, they have advised us that a standard-sized 240-litre wheelie bin when empty weighs approximately 13kgs. The maximum amount of waste or recyclables it can hold is 83kgs and the bin lifts will only lift a bin that weighs no more than 96kgs.

If your bin is rejected by the lift for being too heavy, it will be tagged with instructions. We will not be able to empty the bin again until the extra weight is removed. The bin must then be placed out for collection on the next appropriate day.

We would ask residents to please understand that we have to follow all health and safety instructions without question, for both the safety of the residents and the crews. Although it may not sometimes seem logical to them, the crews are unable to deviate from the procedure they have been asked to follow.

Frequently Asked Questions about your recycling service

Frequently Asked Questions about your recycling service

What can I put in my blue bin? 
Your blue bin is for glass bottles and jars, tins and cans and plastic bottles, tubs and trays. There is no need to separate items out - it can all go in the same bin. Recyclable items should be put into the bin loose and not in bags.

Did you know... only a small amount of your council tax goes towards waste collection?
There is a higher cost for disposal of all the waste it does not get recycled. By recycling more we are helping keep our costs down, and avoid a larger portion of your council tax going to pay for disposal of waste you are also helping our environment.

Do items need to be cleaned out? 
Please continue to rinse items out. When sorted these items can be stored for a number of days before being reprocessed, rinsing items out prevents odours.

If the wrong items are placed in the blue bin will the contractor still take them? If not, will the contractor inform the household why the bin has been left? 
If a bin contains the wrong items then the bin will not be emptied, the contractor will leave a tag on the bin to explain why the bin has been left. For confirmation on the items the Cannock Chase Council can recycle from the kerbside place refer to information booklet, our website or phone on (01543) 462621.

Can I share with my neighbour if space is limited? 
Yes, you can share bins with neighbours with their agreement

Where do I leave my bin front or back?
All bins (Green, Blue & Brown) will be collected from where your green bin is collected from at the present time

Can I use plastic wheelie bin liners in my blue bin?
Our contractor has stated that these are not acceptable due to their size which have in the past damaged machinery at the sorting plant and also the potential that customers will tie the bag at the top on collection day and the crews will not be able to check the bin for any visible contaminants. Any bins found to have liners will be tagged with instructions and left until the next collection.


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