Residents urged to use the right bins

Bin collecting in Platt Bridge
Bin collecting in Platt Bridge
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COUNCIL chiefs are urging residents to “bin it right” as part of a new campaign.

Ahead of changes to collections over the Easter period and the anticipated warmer weather as spring arrives, the authority is reminding people that the green bin is there to be used for garden and food waste only.

Council chiefs say doorstep recycling rates have increased by 20 to 50 tonnes a week, but 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, environmental officers have said.

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.

Coun 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 says residents should now have compostable food waste liners. 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.

There will be some disruption to services due to the Easter bank holidays, so council chiefs are reminding residents to check for changes to bin collection services. On Good Friday (March 29), residents who would normally have their collection on a Friday will have their collection on Saturday March 30 instead. Elsewhere across Wigan borough, services will continue as normal over the Easter period, including Easter Monday. Used Easter egg boxes should go into the blue bin, with the plastic wrapping placed in the brown bin.

For more information, refer to the waste and recycling calendar or visit: www.wigan.gov.uk

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