In the last six months more than 221 tonnes of blue bin recycling has been rejected wasting over £19,500.

This is a huge cost to Salford, money that could have been spent on other essential services.

Plastic packaging mixed in with paper and card recycling

The problem

Please keep the wrong things out of your blue bin. In Salford we are finding lots of blue bins that have the wrong things in.

This includes things like:

  • rubbish bags of general waste
  • dirty nappies
  • electrical items
  • leftover food
  • pet training pads
  • clothes
  • plastic packaging
  • toys

These things are NOT paper or card.

Recycling bins containing the wrong things can contaminate the whole truckload of recycling.
This wastes everyone’s recycling efforts and large amounts of public money.

Paper and card is not sorted after we collect it from your doorstep. That means if you put the wrong things in, the full bin wagon can be rejected and treated as general waste.

What we are doing

Pilot recycling campaign project

We are running a targeted recycling campaign to help residents living in Witton and Little Hulton  to recycle better.

Sticker on bins

Some blue paper and card recycling bins in Winton and Little Hulton will get a permanent information sticker. The purpose of the sticker is to prompt residents to keep the wrong things out of the blue bin.

Salford bin sticker

Leaflets delivered

A leaflet will be delivered to some households in Winton and Little Hulton. The leaflet explains exactly what can and cannot be recycled in the blue bin.

Salford leaflet - let's sort it out

Bins will not be emptied

Bin collection crews will be checking the contents of every blue bin. If the bin contains wrong things the crew will put a tag on it and it will not be emptied.

It is the residents responsibility to remove all the wrong things. On the next collection day, the bin crew will recheck the bin and will empty the bin if the wrong things have been removed.

What you can do

Only put these things in your blue paper and recycling card bin

  • Books
  • Card packaging
  • Cardboard
  • Envelopes and mail
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Greetings cards
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Paper and newspapers
  • Wrapping paper (not foiled paper)

Video: Paper and card recycling in Greater Manchester

How to get involved in #LetsSortItOutSalford

  1. Tell your friends and family how to recycle right
  2. Follow @recycle4gm and @SalfordCouncil on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  3. Subscribe to our newsletter
  4. Tell your local school or community group to book a virtual session to learn more about recycling.