27 June 2017 by Elizabeth Slow

Manchester’s recycling increase prompts new collections calendar

Manchester city council has announced a new bin collections calendar following a ‘major boost’ to the city’s recycling rates.

Manchester’s recycling rate has increased from less than 32% in 2015/16 to a projected 40% for 2017/18, the council reports.

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Manchester moved to a ‘slim bin’ system in August 2016

The announcement comes after the city moved to a ‘slim bin’ system in August 2016, which saw the capacity of general waste bins reduced from 240 to 140 litres, (see letsrecycle.com story).

With less waste now going into Manchester’s grey rubbish bins for non-recyclable waste, the council said the collection rounds need to change, to collect the increased quantity of recycling more efficiently.

Changeover

The authority confirmed that the frequency of household collections will not change, with alternate weekly collections continuing for grey and recycling bins.

However, collection days for some households will be changing from 31 July. Around 17% of households will be given a new day to put out their bins for collection.

The council reports that during the changeover to the new calendar, a small percentage of city households will have a one-off longer wait for their next collection. The council said it will contact those affected to explain the arrangements which are being put in place to collect extra rubbish.

“Residents’ recycling efforts have made such a big difference that we now have to update our collection patterns, to make sure that all the extra recycling is collected efficiently.”


Nigel Murphy
Manchester city council

According to the authority, Manchester’s increase in recycling rates will have helped the city to avoid more than £7m in waste disposal costs by this autumn – with even higher annual savings ‘possible in future’ if the recycling rate is improved further.

Together

Executive member for neighbourhoods, councillor Nigel Murphy, said: “I want to thank all Manchester’s residents for their efforts to recycle more.  There’s always more that we can do as a city to push our recycling rates higher, but by working together, we are already on course to avoid £7m in needless waste disposal costs.

“Residents’ recycling efforts have made such a big difference that we now have to update our collection patterns, to make sure that all the extra recycling is collected efficiently.”

The materials are collected under an eight-year contract with Biffa which began in March 2015, taking over from a joint venture between Amey-owned Enterprise and the council.

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