Bolton Council has confirmed that recycling tonnage has risen and the amount of residual waste collected has fallen significantly, following the introduction of the new managed weekly collection service.
In comparison to the same period between 1st April and 14th June 2012, the council collected 323 tonnes more food and garden waste, 123 tonnes more co-mingled recycling (cans, plastic bottles and glass) and 46 tonnes more of pulpable recycling (paper and cardboard).
Whilst the amount of recycling collected has significantly risen, the amount of residual waste collected has significantly fallen. The council has collected 1856 tonnes less of general (black bin) waste than the same period in 2012.
As the council is charged £270 to dispose of every tonne of general waste, this means that the new collection system is helping the council save taxpayers money, by reducing the amount of waste sent for disposal.
The introduction of the new service has gone smoothly with residents responding well to the changes. Larger families and people with medical needs have been offered advice and support and recycling officers have carried out assessments for those residents who have requested an additional bin or assisted collections. Meanwhile, the number of missed bin collections has generally been lower than before the new collections were introduced.
Anyone who wants to arrange a visit, receive a new collection calendar or 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:
“Both residents and the collection crews have taken to the new service brilliantly, and I’d like to thank everyone for working to make this a success.
"We’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of recycling which we have collected and a significant fall in the amount of residual waste we have collected, showing that people have already accepted the new system and are starting to change their behaviour and think about how they dispose of their waste.
"We’ve also had a massive number of new recycling containers of all kinds being ordered by residents and are working hard to make sure that they arrive with households, so that they can begin to be used, as soon as possible.
"If residents continue to increase the amount of recycling waste they present and reduce the residual waste, we will not only help to preserve the environment, we will also save taxpayers money of up to £2.6 million per year.”