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New bin service begins next week

Press Release   •   Sep 30, 2014 17:32 BST

Starting next week, bin collection days and collection frequencies will change for most households throughout the borough of Bury.

Because of changes to collection routes, extra one-off collections will be provided in some areas during October. Residents in these areas will receive leaflets telling them when the extra collections will be. 

Residents are reminded that they must put their bins out by 7am on their collection day as collection times will vary. To help residents remember their new collection days and frequencies, the council has introduced an e-mail reminder service to alert people about which bins should put out and when - to
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By the end of this week, residents should have received their new collections calendar and all the information they need about the new household waste service. 

From next week, grey bin collections (for waste that can’t be recycled) will switch to three weekly from two weekly. Blue and green recycling bin collections will switch to three weekly from four weekly, and brown bin recycling collections will continue to be once every two weeks. 

Most households will continue to have a collection of at least one type of waste every week. 

Because of extra recycling collections, the space residents have each week  across all four bins will not be any less. 

Councillor Tony Isherwood, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We’re all ready to go with the new waste collection system and it’s been good to see that residents have been getting ready too. 

“We’ve had more than 6,000 requests for free recycling bins and kitchen caddies, more than 700 requests to upsize free of charge to a full size household rubbish bin, and going on for 200 requests from larger families for an extra grey bin.

“I’d like to thank residents for recycling and their patience at this time. I know that these changes have caused some concern, but they are necessary if we are to recycle more and save money that can help protect other public services. 

“Studies show it’s possible to recycle around 75% and we know that other areas in Greater Manchester already recycle over 60%; so, with your support, we can do more here in Bury to reach these targets.” 

There are still five public events coming up that residents can attend to ask questions and get advice about the new service. The council’s recycling and awareness team will be at:


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

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

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

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

  • 10 October – Bury Light Night from 6pm to 9pm.  

To request new or replacement bins and kitchen caddies go to  To request extra bins go to  For information about the changes go to  Or phone the information line 0161 253 5555
or the Customer Contact Team on 0161 253 5353. 


Press release issued: 30 September 2014.