RECYCLING has received a boost in Halton.
Blue bins for 20,000 more homes will now take paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, cardboard and food and drink cans.
A pilot scheme in 2007 was tested in 6,000 homes, and by 2011 every home in Halton will receive the service.
If successful the scheme will reduce waste costs and help the environment.
The borough currently recycles 25% of its municipal waste and the council aims to increase this to 30% by 2010. In the future, batteries and textiles may be added to the kerbside collection service.
The bins will be collected fortnightly instead of monthly, but areas not yet included will continue with the paper-only service collected monthly,
Calendars and booklets explaining what can go in the blue bins are being sent to the 20,000 homes.