The ‘bin swap’ scheme that has boosted recycling rates by 20 per cent is to be rolled out across Tameside.
The scheme sees residents swap what goes in their green and black bins – so the green is used for landfill while recyclable materials like glass, cans and plastic bottles go in the larger black bin.
The Tameside Council pilot scheme was operated last year and will save Tameside council around £3m a year in landfill charges if all households come on board.
Tameside Council executive member for sustainable environment, Catherine Piddington said: “ I’m sure most people would prefer to save £3m with bin swap than cutting valued services such as these, feedback from our budget consultation backs this up.”
The scheme will be rolled out in phases so residents don’t need to do anything until they receive a letter from the council explaining the changes and when their area will start the swap.