Better recycling avoids £350K costs 

Town Hall

Residents have so far helped Bolton Council to avoid more than £350,000 in waste disposal costs thanks to increasing recycling.

The council is currently replacing all 240 litre grey bins with slim 140 litre grey bins across the borough.

The introduction of slim bins started in June and 31,000 slim bins have already been delivered. A further 80,000 properties will receive the new slim bins by the end of November.

Residents have adapted well to the new bins and have already started recycling more and disposing of less grey bin waste.

Between April and July, the council collected 15,036 tonnes of recyclable waste, an increase of 470 tonnes compared to the same period last year.

The council also collected 16,548 tonnes of grey bin waste, a reduction of almost 942 tonnes on the same time last year.

The council was spending £68,000 per collection day disposing of grey bin waste, or more than £17m in one year, so this will help to reduce the amount of taxpayers’ money spent on disposal costs.

The amount of street cleansing and fly tipped waste disposed of has also reduced by almost 121 tonnes.

The council is rolling out slim bins across the borough, in order to save £12.5m over 10 years.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Nick Peel, said: “We’d like to thank residents for all their hard work in recycling, which has helped us to avoid spending hundreds of thousands of pounds in disposal costs.

“Residents have adapted well to the new slim bins, by recycling more and putting out less grey bin waste, and we’re already seeing significant increases in our recycling rates.

“This not only saves money, it also helps the environment, as less grey bin waste is sent for disposal.

“Although the roll out did not start until the end of June the campaign in the lead up to it, which included visiting households, has resulted in a gradual increase in recycling and a decrease in grey bin waste ahead of the changes.”

Residents that have not yet received their slim bin can check when their bin is due for delivery by visiting and entering their postcode into the postcode checker.

Large families with six or more people, families with three or more children in nappies and households with one or more people producing medical waste may also be eligible to keep their 240 litre bin, as long as they are recycling properly.

Residents who meet these criteria should also visit and ask for a waste audit. Resident who do not meet this criteria but are worried they will not be able to cope can complete the application for advice and support.

Tameside, Trafford and Stockport have already introduced slim grey bins. Manchester will be introducing them from August and other Greater Manchester councils have moved to three weekly collections.

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