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Bury switches to three-week collections

Bury Council has voted to switch to a new waste collection timetable that will see non-recyclable household waste collected once every three weeks.

The new plan will come into action in mid-October, replacing the current fortnightly collection timetable.

Bury Council said that it is facing budget cuts of around £32m over the next two years and currently spends £28,000 a day, or £10.2m a year, treating and disposing of waste that has not been recycled.

The council said: “The financial and environmental implications are far too high to continue as we are.”

While non-recyclable waste will be collected less frequently under the new timetable, collections for recyclable waste will become more frequent in a bid to encourage more recycling.

Blue and green bins, for glass and paper respectively, will now be collected once every three weeks instead of four, while brown bins for food and garden waste will continue to be collected fortnightly.

Local Labour MP Ivan Lewis said: “I understand people’s concerns at the impact this decision will have on their households and will be raising these concerns with senior representatives of the council as a matter of urgency.”

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