Local charity group, Community Recycling Opportunities Programme (CROP) was responsible for the earliest collections from recycling banks in Milton Keynes in the 1980s.
The council then worked with CROP to start kerbside collection of recyclables from residents. A trial started in June 1990 in the Linford area using red recycling boxes for paper and a blue box for glass, plastic bottles, metal food and drinks cans. By 1992 this scheme had been successfully rolled out across MK.
In 2003, recycling sacks replaced the red box, improving recycling collections for mixed paper, cans and plastic bottles, with the blue box remaining just for glass. This system has remained in place until today.