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Manchester’s recycling rate increases

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Manchester City Council has hailed a projected eight percentage point increase in its recycling rate, which it says will save more than £7m in disposal costs.

The council announced that its rate was on course to rise from 32% in 2015-16 to 40% in 2017-18.

The increase in recycling collections has prompted the authority to re-jig its service for around 17% of households.

Nigel Murphy, the council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “Residents’ recycling efforts have made such a big difference that we now have to update our collection patterns, to make sure that all the extra recycling is collected efficiently.

“There’s always more that we can do as a city to push our recycling rates higher. But, by working together, we are already on course to avoid £7m in needless waste disposal costs.”

Earlier this year the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) told Viridor and its joint venture partner John Laing that it would terminate the region’s long-term waste contract.

Viridor’s parent group Pennon said the decision to scrap the £3.8bn deal followed “financial challenges due to prolonged austerity”.

It is not yet known how this might affect collections, as negotiations are ongoing.

Resource Greater Manchester, a partnership between the GMWDA and WRAP, was officially launched recently in a bid to drive the region’s recycling rate to 60% by 2025.

Localised information and support will be offered as part of efforts to achieve a more consistent approach to household collections.


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