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Manchester plans to become 'UK recycling capital'

Plans to make Manchester the UKs recycling capital recommend recycling every material possible, but not compulsory recycling.

The proposals follow a huge public consultation which gauged public support for various options.

Among them compulsory recycling was backed by 50% approval, which was not high enough to merit inclusion.

Options to be discussed by the councils executive on September 10 include:

  • Facilities to recycle all materials
    Kerbside collections for paper, cardboard, drinks cartons, glass, plastic bottles, cans, food, clothing, textiles and shoes for all residents.
  • Same day waste and recycling collections
  • Restructure of kerbside services
  • Garden waste services extension
  • Subsidies for residents using real nappies up to the value of the landfill diversion money saved
  • Investment of £500,000 a year for alternate neighbourhood management and collection services
  • Free recycling for schools following best practice.
  • Introduction of high quality street recycling bins
  • Consultation with businesses to develop recycling strategies
  • Developing a model bring site for free business recycling to test its feasibility
  • Developing a collection service for local businesses

Manchester City Council's Executive Member for the Environment Richard Cowell said: "In response to the consultation, we will be providing the recycling services our residents and businesses have told us they want, and giving everyone the opportunity to play their part.  With their support I now feel confident that we can become the recycling capital of the UK."

The council has earmarked £1.5m for the plans and central Government is adding £2.26m in grants to this.

Some financial risk has been determined by the council treasurer. However, the report said:
Successful implementation of recommendations promises to provide the council with optimum financial outcome in the medium term.


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