A RECYCLING scheme will be enforced at 99 per cent of homes in Wyre Forest - four months after council bosses pledged to limit the green revolution to 84 per cent of properties.

Green and black boxes will be sent to about 4,900 extra homes throughout the district for an anticipated spring start date.

Weekly wheelie bin collections will be scrapped in line with the rest of Wyre Forest to encourage people to put paper, glass, tins and cardboard into the boxes.

The bins will be collected fortnightly when the homes are brought on board during the spring.

The news comes after Wyre Forest District Council brokered a deal to get the cash to pay for the upgraded service, which will buy more vehicles and employ six more members of staff.

It had refused to go from 84 to 99 per cent last September after being offered a one-off payment of about £377,000 from the Government.

The council's cabinet refused the cash because it would then have to find about £160,000 a year to keep the service running, putting an extra £3.87 on council tax bills.

The Government cash, from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, will now be accepted after a deal was made with Worcestershire County Council to fund a bigger scheme, said Marcus Hart, district council cabinet member for waste management.

He added: "Funding has been obtained at no cost to the district council so we will be taking the Defra money to ensure the scheme goes from 84 per cent to 99 per cent."

He said "little streets in all areas" of the district had yet to be given the service.

The scheme was launched in 2003 and currently reaches more than 35,000 homes. The Shuttle/Times and News reported last week that the council was exceeding its target to recycle 18 per cent of waste by six per cent.