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Bin it right
Monday 25th March, 2013

Residents in Wigan Borough are being reminded to ‘bin it right’.

Huge savings have been made since changes to waste collections were made last year. But with spring round the corner, and people heading out into the garden, the council is reminding people the green bin is there to be used for garden and food waste only.

Doorstep recycling rates have increased by 20 - 50 tonnes a week. Since food waste collections began, 250 tonnes less waste a week has been collected for disposal. This saves taxpayers' money and reduces our impact on the environment.

Wigan Council is urging residents to keep up the good work by ensuring they are putting the right rubbish in the right bin. Recycling collection crews have noticed a problem with cardboard in particular - with some households using the green bin, meant for food and garden waste, instead of the blue bin or white bag. Residents who put the wrong items in their bins run the risk of having their bin left uncollected.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “It’s great to see the gradual increase in recycling rates in Wigan. There has been a substantial change to bin collections over recent years and I appreciate the patience and cooperation of residents who are making every effort to do their bit for the environment.”

The council has now finished delivering a new supply of compostable food waste liners to residents' doorsteps. From now onwards, residents can collect liners for free from their local life centre. Liners are also available to buy in most supermarkets. Alternatively, food waste can be put into the green bin loose or wrapped in newspaper.

For more information about which bin you should be using, please visit: www.wigan.gov.uk/Services/Environment/WasteRecycling/whichbin.htm


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