Many of Bolton’s residents will be able to recycle their food waste under a new initiative.
Starting in October, Bolton Council is extending its recycling services, which means that residents who have a green garden waste bin will be able to use it to recycle food.
This is not only an attempt to increase the borough’s recycling rates and become even greener, it will also achieve significant savings as the council faces unprecedented budget reductions.
Due to the rising cost of household waste disposal, it is more than 50 per cent more expensive to collect and dispose of food waste in the traditional way than it is to recycle food waste.
During September affected residents will receive a small kitchen caddy and a roll of 52 compostable liners. Food waste should be put into the lined caddy, and the bag can then be tied up and placed in the green bin.
Green bins will continue to be emptied every two weeks, and residents will see no change to their collection day. Collections will no longer be reduced or stopped during winter, except in the case of extreme weather conditions.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “With at least 25 per cent of household waste being leftover food, this scheme represents a real opportunity to increase the amount of recycling Bolton collects, while reducing the amount we spend on waste disposal.
“I would encourage those residents with green bins to take full part in the food recycling process and do their bit to make the town more environmentally friendly and help us to achieve our savings.”
Letters explaining the scheme will be sent this month, while leaflets giving residents full details of what they can expect from the service, how to order free new liners, what can and can’t be recycled and when collections will take place will be delivered in September, along with the caddies and liners. The collections will then start in October.
For more information about the food waste collection service or any other recycling services, visit the Love Recycling page via the link on the right hand side, email the waste and recycling team, or see the next issue of Bolton Scene.
Alternatively, residents of all ages can visit the Waste Experience education centre at Raikes Lane Household Waste Disposal site to learn more about waste and recycling in the town.