Why we are doing it…

The campaigns team went to the Materials Recovery facility where everything from the brown recycling bin is sorted. They found that residents are putting the wrong things in their brown bin.  Plastic bags, pots, tubs and trays were the most common incorrect items. There were even general waste, plastic toys and furniture in the recycling.

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

Who we’re working with…

  • Oldham council recycling team
  • Local councillors
  • Large businesses
  • Community groups

What are we doing?

  • Delivering ‘Are you recycling right’ leaflets  to 90,000 Oldham homes
  • Putting stickers on the grey general waste bins to remind residents to put plastic pot, tubs, trays and packaging in the grey bin
  • Talking to residents at local community events

Good to know

You can recycle all type of plastic bottles in the brown mixed recycling bin in Oldham.

  • Cleaning product bottles
  • Trigger spray bottles
  • Shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • Drinks bottles
  • Milk bottles

Get involved

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

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Due to essential maintenance, the weighbridge at Cobden Street in Salford will be closed from Monday 18th March.

If you are disposing of business waste, asbestos, plasterboard or are using a vehicle over 2 metres you can use other facilities at Longley Lane, Manchester or Raikes Lane, Bolton.

The Recycling Centre for household waste and recycling is open as normal.

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