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Manchester's recyclers get choice of service

Manchester City Council has given its residents in south Manchester the option of selecting what type of recycling services they want.

The new services will go to nearly 10,000 residents, based on what they told Manchester City Council  officers during a survey earlier. Residents currently get a kerbside recycling box, but this is set to change.

More than 2,000 households have asked to receive a twin bin service, while more than 1,500 opted for the new communal recycling sites.

Other residents who said they were satisfied with the kerbside box will receive a sturdier collection bag for paper, while other residents will be consulted further on what services they want.

Manchester City Council consultation, participation and promotions manager Jennifer Green said councils do not usually ask their residents to choose what recycling service they want. She added: Manchester does not have the appetite for enforcement. We believe in more carrot and less stick. We are offering a bespoke level of service for different major roads and different types of properties which suit the area.

I think we are offering something really unique that no other authorities are doing. We are offering a bespoke service to our residents and listened to their thoughts to help roll it out.
Manchester City Council executive member for the environment Richard Cowell said: When we launched our waste and recycling consultation last year, we said we were going to listen to residents views and act on them, and thats exactly what were doing here.

Residents told us theyd like to choose how their recycling is collected and were giving them what theyve asked for. This is going to make life easier for thousands of people across south Manchester.


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