#EverybodyThink - paper and card both in the blue bin from 1 August

From 1 August, household recycling paper and card will be even easier in Barnsley as residents will be able to recycle both together in the blue bin.

The change means the white paper recycling sack will no longer be in use.

The decision was taken following feedback from residents and changes in recycling habits. Since 2014, paper recycling has reduced significantly. At the same time cardboard recycling has increased, with more people buying items online and needing to recycle packaging. From next month, the council’s recycling contractor will have access to a new sorting facility to allow paper and card to be taken together.

The council would like to thank residents for their recycling efforts and ask that from 1 August all paper and card recycling is placed in the blue bin. 

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We’re already good at recycling here in Barnsley thanks to the efforts of our residents. Hopefully this change will increase our kerbside recycling even more in the coming months.

“We know that the paper sacks were quite unpopular and it’s time to move on from them; we hope that this decision will be welcomed.

“As part of our #EverybodyThink campaign we’ll be reminding residents how to sort household items correctly and make the most of recycling.”

For more information on what can be recycled and what to put in your bin, visit barnsley.gov.uk/recycling.

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