Bolton Council is reminding residents that new ‘managed weekly’ collections will start next week, which will save £2.6m a year and increase recycling levels across the borough.
The council has already introduced a new weekly food waste recycling collection service to properties not currently receiving a fortnightly green bin collection. This has allowed residents in properties with little or no gardens to recycle food and small amounts of garden waste, meaning that less residual waste goes into grey bins.
From Monday May 13, the council will also be adopting the same type of grey bin collection service already run by almost all other Greater Manchester boroughs and by more than half of councils across the country.
Under this system, known as a ‘managed weekly’ service, residual waste (grey bin) and recycling (burgundy, beige and green bins) will be collected on alternate weeks.
All residents should already have received their new collection calendars and collection days will be staying the same. However, the time of collection may change, so all residents are being asked to put out their bins by 7.30am on the day of collection.
Any residents who have not received a new collection calendar or who would like to order a free recycling container can visit www.bolton.gov.uk/loverecycling, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01204 336632.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, Councillor Elaine Sherrington said: “The council must find £43.6 million of savings over the next two years and moving to managed weekly collections will help us save £2.6 million per year.
We appreciate that this new system will mean that residents will see changes and will need to adapt, and we ask them to be patient. While there may be some disruption at the start, in the long term we are confident that this will be better for the borough as a whole.
“Overall, moving to managed weekly collections will save money, increase the recycling rate and we hope will also have minimal or no impact for the majority of residents in Bolton.”