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Press Release   •   Sep 09, 2014 16:28 BST

Residents can find out more about the approaching changes to waste collections, and get help with recycling, at the September round of township forums. 

The council’s recycling and awareness team will also be out and about on certain days at a number of high profile venues across the borough. 

The aim is to help residents get to grips with their new rubbish and recycling collection service, answer any questions they have and help everyone to prepare for the second week in October when the new service starts. 

The dates and venues for the township forum meetings are: 


  • 17 September – Prestwich Township Forum at the Longfield Suite from 6.30pm.


  • 17 September – Ramsbottom Township Forum at Ramsbottom Civic Hall from 7pm.

  • 18 September – Radcliffe Township Forum at Radcliffe Civic Suite from 6pm.

  • 18 September – Bury East Township Forum at the Jubilee Centre from 7pm.

  • 24 September – Bury West Township Forum at Elton Youth Centre from 7pm.

  • 2 October – Whitefield Township Forum at Elms Community Centre from 6.30pm. 

In addition, recycling and awareness officers will be available to talk to residents at the following venues and dates:  

  • 17 September – Bolton Road West playing fields, Ramsbottom from 2pm to 4pm.

  • 19 September – Aldi in Whitefield from 10am to 5pm.

  • 22 September – Kay Gardens in Bury town centre from 10am to 5pm.

  • 23 September – Prestwich Library from 10am to 1pm.

  • 30 September – Bury Town Hall main reception from 9am to 4pm.

  • 2 October – Radcliffe Library from 4pm to 6.30pm.

  • 8 October – Asda in Bury town centre from 10am to 3pm..

  • 9 October – Aldi in Prestwich from 10am to 5pm.

Councillor Tony Isherwood, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We want to help our residents get ready for the changes ahead. As well as delivering information through every letter box, we’re getting out into our communities and talking to people face-to-face. We’re confident the new service
will work for our residents if they recycle the right items in the right recycling bin and only use their grey bin for waste they can’t recycle. 

“Everything residents need to be able to recycle we provide free of charge – green, blue and brown recycling bins, kitchen caddies and compostable liners, they’re all free. If you don’t have them already, please get ready ahead of the changes and request them now.

“For larger families with concerns about extra non-recyclable waste, such as disposable nappies, there is the option to request an extra grey bin. And our recycling awareness team have lots of helpful advice they can pass on about managing waste in larger homes.” 

To request a new or replacement bin or a kitchen caddy go to

To request extra bins go to

For information about the changes go to

Alternatively call the information line 0161 253 5555 or the Customer Contact Team on 0161 253 5353. 


Press release issued: 9 September 2014.

Notes to editors:

From the second week in October the way household waste is collected will change for most households.

Pre-information leaflets and change of day leaflets have already been delivered.  An information pack with more information about the new service, a new collection calendar and leaflets to help with recycling will start to be delivered from mid-September. 

During October, extra one-off collections will be arranged for those households that have collections that are overly delayed, due to changes to the collection routes. These households will receive a leaflet to let them know when the extra collection will be.

When the new service starts in the second week of October, collection days and collection times will change for most households. How often we empty bins will also change. Grey bins for non-recyclable waste will be emptied less often, every three weeks instead of two. Blue and green recycling bins will be emptied more often, every three weeks instead of four, while brown recycling bins will continue to be emptied every two weeks. Most households will have a collection of at least one type of waste every week. 

More information about the changes can be found at