Green recycling bin collections to be restored in Manchester from Monday

Green recycling bin collections to be restored in Manchester from Monday

Manchester City Council will be collecting garden and food waste recycling bins from households again from Monday 11 May.

Green bin and food-only caddy collections were paused on Monday 13 April, due to a reduction in available staff during the coronavirus pandemic.  But with staffing levels now increasing, the council is able to reinstate the collections on a fortnightly basis.  

Green bins will be collected for residents on the same day that their grey bins for non-recyclable waste are picked up.  Residents are asked not to present any additional bags of garden waste for collection alongside their bins, as these will not be picked up by the crews.

Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “I know that this announcement will be welcome news for householders who have missed their green bin collections over the past month and would like to thank both our staff and our contractors Biffa for their efforts to make this happen.  

“Taking the difficult decision to pause the collection of food and garden waste allowed us to focus available staff resources and ensure that all other bins could continue to be picked up by our bin crews.  We greatly appreciate residents’ patience and understanding and are pleased to be able to provide them with fortnightly green bin collections from Monday.

“I want to once again pay tribute to the crews for their commitment to providing an essential service for the city, at what has been such a difficult time for us all.”

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