Bolton Council has confirmed that recycling bin orders are on the rise, following the introduction of the new managed weekly collection service.
Since the introduction of the new type of collection service, orders for recycling bins and containers have doubled, compared to the same period last year.
Between May 13 and June 7 this year, residents requested 533 burgundy bins and 487 beige bins, compared with 206 burgundy and 206 beige for the same period in 2012. Awareness of food recycling has also risen with residents requesting 296 green bins and 316 kitchen caddies, compared with 145 green bins and 45 kitchen caddies over the three week period in 2012.
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 supported by recycling advisers who have assessed them to see if they need a second grey bin.
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 very well, and I’d like to thank everyone for working to make this a success.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in the 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.
There is still some work to be done in order to convince some of our residents to start recycling and we will continue to educate our residents and particularly school children that recycling is the right thing to do. The new service is a key part of our plans to increase recycling across the borough and will help us save £2.6 million per year.”