By Bolton Labour Group, Local Voice Communications
Labour-run Bolton Council have revealed that in the first year of operation, “slim bins” have saved taxpayers £3.4m in waste disposal costs.
The Bolton-wide rollout saw a 240 litre grey bin swapped with a 140 litre.
Recycling rates have increased quarter-on-quarter and the additional costs of disposing grey bin waste are declining. The “previously wasted money has been divided to provide a lifeline for services” that continue to bear the pressure of Tory government cuts to the council’s budget, said Cllr Nick Peel, Executive Member for Environmental Services.
To date, school crossing patrols and a well used local nursery, Harveys, have benefited from the additional cash the slim bin programme has delivered.
Cllr Peel added: “The results we are now seeing demonstrates all the hard work our staff have put into introducing slim bins and encouraging people to recycle more. We’d also like to thank residents who adapted well to slim bins and began to recycle more, which has helped us achieve a recycling rate of 50 per cent.”