Households in Oswestry are to get another bin to add to their collection under new plans by Shropshire Council.

Councillors will next week approve the roll-out of an extra wheelie bin for cans, glass and plastic, ending the need for householders to lug a stack of boxes to the kerbside each week.

The plans were agreed by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet in July last year, but the £3 million funding for the project must be approved by a meeting of the full Council.

If the funding is agreed, residents will be able to start requesting a bin, with the first bins set to be delivered from May this year.

The bin – which would be optional and free – would replace the existing black recycling boxes, and help to increase the amount of waste recycled by providing households with a larger container.

It is also intended to reduce the amount of waste lost to the recycling process after being blown out of the boxes on windy days.

It would make the storage of recycling more convenient for residents, and reduce the amount of bending and lifting for residents and waste and recycling crews.

Assuming that just over 140,000 households – or 96.7 per cent of the total – request a bin, the cost of providing them would be £2.93m.

Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for waste and recycling, said: “The news of an extra bin for recycling has been warmly welcomed by residents across Shropshire and I know many people are eager to have one as soon as possible. If council agrees to fund the roll-out on 13 January people will be able to order their bin, with the first bins being delivered to homes in May.

“The provision of a bin for recycling is a direct response to residents’ comments and requests – and is a pledge we made in our election manifesto last year.

“It’s clear that it’s something that many people want, and it’s something that will help us to boost the amount of waste that is recycled in Shropshire.

“It won’t be compulsory to have a bin. Some people may not have room for one, or may prefer to keep using their kerbside boxes, but we’re confident that many people will want to take up this opportunity.”