WHBC pilots extra cardboard collections

cardboard stacked neatly

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has announced that from Monday 11 December, extra cardboard presented next to blue lidded bins will be collected on recycling days as part of a pilot trial.

To get extra cardboard collected, the council ask that the cardboard is flattened and stacked neatly next to your blue lidded bin on your usual recycling day. The council also advises that if there is room in your blue lidded bin to please continue to recycle as usual and that the extra collections are for excess, household cardboard only that cannot fit in your blue lidded bin.

boxes of cardboard with a red cross and a neatly stacked pile with a green tick


The council approved the pilot in response to the growing amount of cardboard waste. By collecting more cardboard, the council aims to reduce the number of unnecessary car trips to and from Recycling Centres, thereby helping residents lower their carbon footprint and supporting the council’s climate change strategy.

Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Sandreni Bonfante said:

We’re pleased to be trialling extra cardboard collections, particularly over Christmas when people have more cardboard to recycle. As we all know, recycling reduces the amount of waste that ends up at landfills, so we encourage residents to take advantage of the collections. We are keen to get feedback regarding this service. Residents can contact us by calling 01707 357 000 or emailing contact-whc@welhat.gov.uk 

The decision as to whether the extra cardboard collections will be made permanent will be in the New Year. 

To check your recycling collection day or to find out what you can go in your recycling bin, visit the council’s website.

Published: 8th December 2023