Exeter has become the first council in the UK to turn plastic bags collected from the kerbside into litter bin bags.
The council has partnered up with plastic recycling company Jayplas and the project means waste polythene bags collected from households across the city and trade customers are sent to a sorting plant where they are turned into recycled granules.
The compounded material is then turned into plastic litter sacks which are sent back to Exeter.
David Harvey, lead councillor for environment, said: "No other council in the UK has been able to do what we are about to do.
"Exeter is leading the way in both recycling and protecting the environment."