A four-week trial with a sample of households will use larger bins with four compartments, three wheels and a lid.

Residents taking part in the trial will use these instead of their existing multiple recycling and waste containers.

The bins will be collected by a specialist recycling vehicle with a lift mechanism that matches the bin’s four compartments to the lorry’s four collection chambers.

The council says the system, called ‘Quatro’, which has been used in Scandinavia for around 20 years, will mean fewer collections, reducing pollution, congestion on the roads and saving money.

Lucy Shomali, North Somerset Council's director of place, said: ‘It’s exciting to see North Somerset trialing this innovative technology, a first in the UK.

‘Despite our existing excellent track record for recycling, we’re striving to improve even further by trailblazing more efficient and effective collection methods.

‘This project fits squarely with our vision to be a leading authority in minimising waste and tackling the climate emergency.’

This article was originally published by LocalGov.co.uk.