Bin collections once every three weeks could be the future

A local authority near Manchester will become the first in the country to collect rubbish just once every three weeks. Bury council hopes the move will save money on expensive landfill and treatment costs.

Bury Council: Recycling 10% more 'could save £1m'

Upping recycling by 10% every year would save a local council £1 million annually, according to one councillor.

Councillor Tony Isherwood, who sits on Bury council, the first local authority in England to collect bins once every three weeks, said:

A lot of this waste could be recycled instead. Given that studies show it's possible to recycle 75% of household waste, we know we can and must do more.

Recycling just 10% more than we do now would save £1m per year.

Residents can be assured that we'll be doing everything we can to smooth the changes for everyone and helping to remove any barriers to recycling.

– Councillor Tony Isherwood

Council plans to collect bins 'once every three weeks'

Council chiefs near Manchester are planning to collect bins just once every three weeks in a bid to cut costs.

Read: Councils could 'reinstate' weekly black bin collections

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Bury council is facing cuts of £32 million over the next two years. Credit: PA

Bury council says moving from a fortnightly collection will cut the cost of landfill and treatment.

They added that residents could use the recycling service, which will also be collected once every three weeks instead of monthly, to dispose of household rubbish.

The fortnightly collection of brown bins for garden and food waste will remain.

The council faces cuts of £32 million and says fewer collections, which will begin in October, will save funds.

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