What are we doing?

In May 2019, we asked for your feedback on our campaigns.

Most people said they wanted a bin sticker that told them what they can put in their recycling bin

Most people said they wanted a leaflet that told them what they can and can’t put in their recycling bin.

We are working with Bury council to make recycling plastic less confusing by promoting it’s #GotToBeABottle.

Only plastic bottles can be recycled in your blue bin. Please put all other plastics (pots, tubs and trays) in your grey bin. Most people think their general waste goes to landfill but it doesn’t, it is used to make electricity. 

Look out for our adverts in local papers and magazines.

Recycling plastics? It's got to be a bottle print advert

Research tells us that…

4 out of 10 people agree that: ‘It is confusing in my area with what you can and can’t recycle at home’.

9 out of 10 people in Greater Manchester are putting one or more wrong items in their mixed recycling bin.

4 out of 10 people are putting plastic pots, tubs and trays in the wrong bin.

Why did I get a sticker inside my bin?

The sticker is a useful reminder so you can double check you’re putting the right things in the right bin.


Why did I get a leaflet?

Every household in Bury with wheelie bins received a recycling guide. The leaflet has been designed to be an easy to follow guide on what to put in each bin. Stick it on your fridge, noticeboard or near your kitchen recycling bins as a handy reminder.

You can make a difference

  1. Make a smart swap to reduce your single use plastic
  2. Take your own container to the supermarkets
  3. Reuse and repair things where you can
  4. Recycle all your plastic bottles from around your home, don’t forget the bottles in your bathroom
  5. Make sure you are putting the right items in the right bin

Did you know?

If everyone in Bury recycled one more bathroom cleaner bottle, it would save enough energy to power a primary school for nearly 2 months!

How to get involved in #GotToBeABottle

1. Tell your friends and family how to recycle right

2. Follow @recycle4gm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

3. Come to an open day and see what happens to your recycling

4. Subscribe to our newsletter

5. Tell your local school or community group to book a visit to our recycling facility


Read more

What happens to my plastic?

To recycle or not to recycle? Check our A-Z guide before you bin.

Find your nearest Recycling Centre, where you can recycle your batteries, clothes, electrical items and more.

Want to use less plastic?  Our blogs have plenty of tips.

Have you received your leaflet or sticker? Tell us what you think, leave a comment below.


  • Alison Anstee says:

    No I’ve not received either recycling leaflet or sticker

    • Sammy Alloway says:

      Hi Alison, which area of Bury do you live? and we will check with our leaflet delivery company.

  • K. Bowers says:

    Why does some plastic packaging say it’s recyclable but you won’t take it?

    • Sammy Alloway says:

      Hi, All plastics in theory can be recycled but it is not always technically or economically viable. In Greater Manchester, we only collect plastic bottles because there is a sustainable market for them and we can guarantee they will be recycled.

      • bob says:

        Really an urban region as big as greater Manchester should be able to recycle most recyclable plastics. We shouldn’t be putting pots etc. in the black bin.

  • Iain Macfarlane says:

    Just been handed my visit allowance guide. I am worried this will increase fly tipping in less built up areas. It could spell disaster.

    • Sammy Alloway says:

      Hi Iain, The policy allows you to visit up to 52 times in a year in a standard car. Even if you need to visit more often while you’re doing DIY on your home, your visits will be averaged out over the year. Greater Manchester wide communications will focus on traders’ and residents’ duty of care; Your duty of care is about your responsibility as a resident with regards to the waste you produce. The new policy will not simply ban suspected traders from using the HWRC, they will be signposted to other facilities and provided with information on how to dispose of their waste responsibly and in a legally compliant way. In addition, enforcement teams will be working together across Greater Manchester to monitor fly tipping and they will investigate and prosecute where appropriate.

  • Richie Clarke says:

    We have not received recycling leaflet or sticker.

    All contents of our black bins goes to landfill, the idea introduced to separate our waste was to cut the volume going to landfill, know we are being advised to put a large volume of recyclable plastic into landfill. You are telling the general public it is OK TO PUT RECYCLABLE ITEMS TO LANDFILL. Why have you not looked at for instance having a skip at the recycle centres that accommodate OTHER RECYCLABLE PLASTIC ?

    To me it looks as though you have signed up to a new contract for plastic bottles only , and all other recyclable plastic does not matter. People want the plastic with the recycle logo on to Go for recycling not landfill, are you adding to all our carbon foot prints by this action ? Totally irresponsible for a council who have not bothered to offer alternatives for disposal. The bottom line is YOU ARE ENCOURAGING US TO PUT RECYCLABLE ITEMS IN BLACK BINS
    which you then send to landfill, which costs more to the council because of the increase volume, which could increase our council tax.
    Do you have figures/stats that indicate the increase in landfill volume, if you do and it shows minimum increase in volume/cost, then why have the bright sparks in the environmental department not done this years ago ?

    Have you read your own Bury Council – Zero Waste Strategy ? Your words
    Recycle 55-60% by March 2015
    Recycle 60% by March 2016
    Reduce disposal costs by cutting the amount of waste to landfill ( really?)
    Every household counts
    Make it part of your life
    EVERY ITEM COUNTS (again really?)
    Our aim is zero waste to landfill ( not now it would appear)
    Right stuff, right bin…simple as ( contradiction !!!)

    The 18 page Strategy document becomes a farce, just by you telling us to Put recyclable items in a landfill bin.

    Make sure if you dare print this off to show your colleagues
    PUT IT IN THE RIGHT WASTE BIN (GREEN) or wait a minute have the council got new plans for paper, like coming full circle to landfill again.

    • Recycle for Greater Manchester says:

      Hi Richie, We didn’t remove your comment – before we publish comments we check them to make sure they don’t contain any offensive language. In Bury and the rest of Greater Manchester apart from Wigan – all the general waste goes to an energy recovery facility not landfill. The only type of plastic you can put in your recycling bin at home are plastic bottles this has been the case for the last 10 years, even when the waste and recycling contract was with Viridor. For more information about plastic, please visit http://www.recycleforgreatermanchester.com/what-happens-to-my-plastic/ If you have any questions about Bury council’s zero waste strategy- please contact Bury council directly.

  • plastic says:

    I am feeling much blessed to be here and reading your thought provoking blog. It has truly increased my knowledge. I will surely come again and again to overcome my thirst for knowledge.

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