by Iain Roberts on 6 February, 2015
Stockport’s bin collection service has won praise from recycling trade publication letsrecycle.com – you can red the full article here.
Since the start of the decade, the council has rolled out a series of initiatives to optimise recycling among its residents. Today, it stands as the top-performing urban authority in England – achieving a combined recycling, composting and reuse rate of 61.11% in 2013/14 and saving £2.7 million on disposal costs over the last year.
What is the council’s secret? The introduction of a four-bin system in 2009 is said to have worked wonders for the borough. The system includes: a blue wheelie bin or bag for paper and card; a brown wheelie bin or black box for glass, tins and plastic bottles; a smaller 140-litre black bin for residual waste, and; a green wheelie bin (or food waste caddy for flats) for mixed organic waste.
“That’s when our recycling rate skyrocketed,” says Mr Forbes. “We reduced the residual capacity and encouraged residents to recycle. The ‘right thing right bin’ communication campaign created awareness so when bins were collected crews identified the key problem areas.