Why we are doing it…

The campaigns team went to the paper and card sorting facility and found that residents are putting the wrong things in their beige paper and card bin. Packaging inside cardboard boxes such as plastic wrapping and polystyrene were the most common incorrect items. There were even nappies and electrical items in the recycling.

Wrong things in the beige bin lowers the quality and the value of the paper and card collected. It can even cause whole lorry loads of recycling to be rejected.

Wrong items in the paper and card recycling

Shoes, electrical items and plastic bags in the paper and card recycling.

Who we’re working with…

  • Bolton council recycling team
  • Local councillors
  • Local businesses
  • Community groups

What we are doing…

  • Delivering ‘What’s in the box?’ leaflets  to 113,119 Bolton homes
  • Putting stickers on beige paper and card bins to remind residents of what to put in the bin
  • Talking to residents at local community events

Good to know

If every household in Bolton recycled 2 toilet roll tubes, it would save enough energy to power a local library for 11 days.

Get involved

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Date: Friday 24th to Monday 27th August
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU

To keep up to date with the campaign, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or search #BoltonRecycles

See your recycling in action!

Ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it has been collected? Want to find out more information about what we are doing in your area?

Here’s your chance to go behind the scenes at our Materials Recovery Facility at Longley Lane in Manchester to see how recycling is sorted and separated from over a million homes.

We will be hosting open days on:

  • Tuesday 21st August
  • Wednesday 22nd August
  • Monday 3rd September
  • Wednesday 5th September

To book your place, email

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