Published: Friday, 22nd Mar 2019

Bolton has been ranked among the best 40 local authority areas for household recycling, thanks to the efforts of local residents.

Resource Magazine, the industry publication for the waste sector, has placed Bolton Council at number 36 out of 222 local councils in its annual roundup of recycling levels.

Using data from 2017/18, the magazine has recognised the great efforts of Bolton residents in achieving a household recycling rate of 47%.

This marks a significant increase from a rate of 39% before slim grey bins were first introduced in 2016.

The achievement is the direct result of Bolton residents showing their commitment to recycling by minimising the amount of waste going into their grey bin.

The move to slim bins has also helped the council avoid £4m in waste disposal costs each year.

The money we save by recycling more helps us fund other valuable services.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Nick Peel, said:

“Protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility and we are very grateful to Bolton residents for their efforts in helping us meet our recycling target.

“It is clear that this hard work is paying off as we have ranked among the top towns and cities in the country when it comes to recycling household waste.

“Not only is this better for the planet, but the money we save by recycling more helps us fund other valuable services.”

Last year, Bolton Council’s waste and recycling department scooped the ‘Service Team of the Year’ prize at the Association for Public Service Excellence awards.