Residents thanked for bin rollout support 

Town Hall

Bolton Council has thanked residents for their support with the rollout of slim grey bins across Bolton, which has already helped the council to avoid £770,000 of waste disposal costs.

Since June, the council has been replacing all 240 litre grey bins with slim 140 litre grey bins across the borough. The council introduced this scheme to avoid £1.25m of waste disposal costs per year.

The main rollout is now complete and so far 111,882 slim bins have been delivered - more than 90 per cent of households across the borough.

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

Between April and October, the council collected 26,550 tonnes of recyclable waste, an increase of 2042 tonnes on the same period last year.

The recycling rate for this period rose to almost 45 per cent, compared to 41 per cent for the same period in 2015.

The council also collected 27,651 tonnes of grey bin waste, a reduction of 2342 tonnes on the same time last year.

The amount of flytipping collected by the council between April and October 2016 has also decreased from the same period in 2015, with 63 tonnes less being collected.

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 costs of over £770,000 so far.

“Residents have adapted well to the new slim bins, by recycling more and putting out less grey bin waste.

“This not only saves money, it also helps the environment, as more waste is recycled.”

Tameside, Trafford, Stockport and Manchester have already introduced slim grey bins and other Greater Manchester councils have moved to three weekly collections.

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