Manchester City Council

Reducing, Recycling and Running

I'm delighted to learn today that 89 per cent of Manchester residents are keen to do their bit for the environment and recycle more of their household rubbish.

This is one of many things we've found out in an extensive recycling survey carried out across the city in which more than 20,000 residents have taken part. Manchester City Council's waste and recycling team has been asking residents what would help them to recycle more, and what other materials they'd like to recycle in the future.

The full results are going to be used to help decide how the waste and recycling services are developed to meet the needs of residents and communities in Manchester.

So now we know how committed people are to the principle to recycling, then we know we need to make it even easier to put recycling into practice. We want recycling to become an everyday habit.

Today I am also recycling a statement we put out Friday night when some media wrongly accused us of cancelling a victory parade for Manchester United when and if they win the Champion's League Final on Wednesday night. I've told reporters that Manchester City Council has made no decision on a parade.

The City Council has met with the police and made it quite clear this is a decision for Manchester United and Greater Manchester Police.

If Manchester United wants a parade, then we are quite happy to do our bit. We will have to close roads, put up some barriers and clean up afterwards. There is some cost involved but there are plenty of wide roads for a parade and it's not a major problem for us. We will do whatever we need to do.

An inaccurate statement was issued on Friday night by other organisations talking about a decision not to have a parade. Manchester City Council did not approve that statement and it was issued without our knowledge. We have received an apology for that.

And finally, I'd like to thank everyone who supported me during my inaugural appearance in the Great Manchester Run. I was aiming to beat 50 minutes, the number I was running in, and I'm delighted to have finished in 43 minutes 46 seconds. I'll be collecting in the sponsorship this week so please get ready to pay out.

I just missed by a whisker coming in the top 1,000.... I finished in 1,040th position. So maybe that's something to aim for next year. I'll think about it once I've stopped aching!

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There are 5 responses to “Reducing, Recycling and Running”

  1. i love jack russells Says:

    This is all very well. But can someone enlighten me on the following situation....On Duchess Road and several surrounding streets in Crumpsall (constituency of THE LEADER), we were all issued with blue bins for recycling paper, instuctions/dates and a leaflet of high moral tone instructing us on the importance of recycling. This was about 2 years ago. There were a few sporadic collections, after which the bins never seemed to be collected. We have kept filling our bin with paper,putting it out on the named date (without of course committing the cardinal crime of having a bulging or open lid), but no luck - nobody came to collect it. We thought at first that we may not have put it the appropriate 1 foot square designated piece of pavement from which the bin cart would collect it and tried various placements, shuffling it around the pavement - still not luck. Eventually we rang the Council last week and asked when they would collect the (now full and extremely heavy) bin of damp compacted paper. We were told that 'you are not a blue bin area' and so the bin would never be collected ! On enquiring why every house in the surrounding streets had a jolly blue bin decorating their front garden or the street (and had received collection date leaflets and instructions 2 years before), the poor phone slave was unable to enlighten us. It was suggested that we push the bin several streets away to what was apparantly a 'blue bin area', but as the bin now weighs more than the clear up costs for the Rangers game, we declined this offer and asked for them to come and collect it, contents and all. Eventually, (after failing to do so once, meaning we had to ring again), the bin was collected. I should add that every other house around is still festooned with a lovely shiny PVC blue bin (along with black ones, green ones and the odd brown one) - so will the Council be coming to collect these so that the plastic can be recycled ?

  2. Sara Says:

    I think it is disgusing that the council will not have a parade for Manchester Utd, The team and the fans did the City proud in Moscow in front of a world wide audience. The least the city can do is repay than with a parade. A disgrunted Manchester city Redident

  3. Cllr Richard Leese Says:

    Thank you for bringing your collection problems to our attention.

    In order to provide residents with the most suitable recycling facilities for their property we currently have two different collection systems. Terraced properties receive the kerbit box recycling service whilst detached/semi detached/townhouse-style houses receive the kerbit twin bin recycling service (Blue and Brown Twin bins). The properties around the Duchess Road area in Crumpsall are a mixture of terraced and semi-detached/townhouse-style houses which may explain the problems you have experienced.

    The majority of the houses on Duchess Road are terraced and receive the kerbit box recycling service. However, numbers 18 - 40 Duchess Road are on the kerbit twin bin recycling service.

    We monitored collections in this area on 23rd May 2008 and all recycling bins presented at the kerbside were emptied (four bins in total).

    We apologise if kerbit twin bin collections from these properties on Duchess Road have not been on the scheduled dates in recent months. The area will now be monitored closely to ensure residents receive the collections on the correct date.

    If you would like to contact us directly to discuss your individual needs please contact Environment on Call (0161 954 9000, and ask to speak to the Waste and Recycling Team.

  4. claire Says:

    It is great that the council have taken the recycling so serioulsly but what I find irritating is the wayu that I was given FOUR huge plastic ugly bins without even being asked if I wanted them. I am a committed recycler and have been so for 30 years. I not only recycle glass, paper and garden waste Ialso recycle into my compostbin kitchen waste and cardboard and I recycle plastic bags where ever they take them (I used to tie a knot in them and put them in the bin but now they go to the local supermarket. I find it annoying that the plastic yogurt pots and other plastic food trays cant be recylced. Anyway my point is I want to choose not be told what to do and I would have liked to have been asked if I recylced and if I wanted a bin or not.

  5. Pete North Says:

    Claire - thanks for getting in touch. Sometimes its the Council's job to lead and there's no doubt that by putting the bins out thousands more people started to recycle than would have done otherwise. I do apologise though that you weren't given the option to send them back. Our consultation shows that most people with the bins think they've got the right number and most think its a good scheme. However, we are looking at whether it is feasible to offer individual households different service choices and I would hope that one of them meets at least some of your requirements. We are also looking at whether we can provide a kerbside food recycling service. We won't be able to offer a service for plastic food trays and yoghurt pots (as opposed to plastic bottles) for now because there aren't any processing facilities to take them yet but we are looking at the possibility of providing sites for any material that is recyclable within reasonable distance.

    Finally, a suggestion in relation to your core message about being asked what you want first. Listening to residents and acting on their feedback is very much what the recycling consultation has been about including whether recycling should be compulsory or not. As a committed recycler I'm sure you want to see as many people recycle as possible but your message is clear and the views of residents on the subject will be reported to the Council when it is looking at its policies. If you leave your email address with me, I'll make sure we contact you when the new policies are decided , hopefully in July. I would like to think you will approve of the policies and will be able to support what we're doing.



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