Kerbside recycling may go in parts of Stoke-on-Trent
Plans have been put forward which could scrap kerbside collections where there is "a very low amount of recycling", Stoke-on-Trent City Council said.
Under proposals, such areas would have large communal bins as an alternative and deprived areas would not lose kerbside collections, it added.
The authority said it was exploring new ways of recycling "to be cost effective for the council tax payers".
A decision will be made at a full council meeting on 23 February.
But while the plans could be given the go-ahead, the exact areas would not be confirmed at the meeting.
From January, people will no longer be able to put cardboard in compost bins.
Instead, from 2 January, cardboard needs to be placed in blue bins with other recycled materials, the council said.
Households without a blue bin can put their cardboard in their green recycling box.
The authority said to give people time to remember the change, it would continue to collect brown bins with small amounts of cardboard in until 31 January.