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The brown is in town
Wednesday 17th March, 2010

Your bin, your choice

That’s the message from Wigan Council’s Recycling Team as it prepares to roll-out the next round of brown bins to households across the borough.

The brown bins are Wigan Council’s latest weapon in the ongoing battle to make the borough a cleaner and greener place.
The new brown bins are for glass bottles and jars, cans, aerosols, plastic bottles and plastic containers - all valuable resources that can be easily recycled to help preserve precious natural resources.

In fact recycling just one drink can would save enough energy to power a television for up to three hours!
Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for the Environment, Cllr David Molyneux explains: “Many areas of our borough already have brown bins and we know they are being put to good use.

“The materials that people place in their brown bin help to increase the borough’s recycling rate and soon we’ll be collecting more than 1,000 tonnes of recyclable items every month from brown bins across the Borough! And by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, recyclers are also doing their bit to safeguard the environment.

“We know that people in areas that have not yet got brown bins really want them, so now we can say they are on their way.”

The remaining brown bins will be rolled out in two phases to remaining areas across the Borough. Residents will receive a leaflet giving details about the service in March and April.

But with the new bin comes a choice – what size would you like?
The council is offering residents a standard size brown wheelie bin or a smaller one.
The smaller ones would be ideally suited for residents who may have a lack of space or have mobility issues but the advice from the council is, if in doubt – GO LARGE.

Cllr Molyneux adds: “Residents who will be getting their new bins will soon be receiving leaflets letting them know the full details and how they can let us know what size they want.

“Households that already have their brown bins have been surprised by how much of their waste can go into it. People really get in the swing of recycling and find their brown bin becomes the fullest. Our advice is., if in doubt, choose a larger bin if you have the space. Please take some time to think about how the food and drink you buy is packaged and what could be recycled in your new brown bin. You can always down-size in the future free of charge.”

For more information on the new brown bins you can call Wigan Council’s Helpline – 01942 404364 or visit Wigan Council’s website – www.wigan.gov.uk/recycling.


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