Manchester City Council has decided to switch to smaller residual waste bins rather than moving to three-weekly collections in a bid to increase recycling rates and save money.
The change, agreed by the council’s executive committee this week, will see households’ current 240-litre capacity black bins replaced by 140-litre grey bins.
The change is estimated to save £2.4m a year in waste disposal costs through increased recycling rates across the city.
If every item of recyclable waste in Manchester were recycled, an estimated £16.5m a year would be saved.
Manchester aims to emulate outperforming neighbour councils Trafford and Stockport, which have already switched to fortnightly collections of 140-litre residual waste bins.
Residents’ recyclables will be collected on the weeks the residual waste is not.
Roll-out for the grey bins will begin in August and is set to be completed by the end of October. After being replaced, the old black bins will themselves be recycled, at no cost to the council.
Executive member for neighbourhoods Nigel Murphy said: “We know that the alternative option of moving to three-weekly collections for the existing black bins was unpopular with residents, which is why we have decided to maintain the current collection patterns but provide new, slimmer grey bins for non-recyclable waste.
“We are confident the change can be implemented effectively, and will continue to work with residents to increase the amount of waste that is recycled in Manchester.”
Now all nine Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority councils have either changed, or are in the process of changing, their non-recyclable waste collection to either a 140-litre bin collected fortnightly or a 240-litre bin collected three-weekly.