Rethink Rubbish in Tameside
- I have heard that there is a blue bin collection service for paper - does this cover my area?
- What type of paper can I put into the bin?
- I also have a green bin - what can this be used for?
- How long do I have to wait before I take delivery of a recycling bin?
- Will I have to be in to take delivery of a recycling bin?
- Do I have to put my recycling bins out for collection even when they are not full?
- My bin has been damaged, what can I do?
- My neighbour has a compost bin - how easy is it to compost?
- Why do we only take bottles and jars, and not other forms of glass like window panes, mirrors, sunbed tubes, etc?
- Can plastic storage containers, such as Tupperware, be recycled?
Recycling in General:
- How much rubbish is generated each year in Tameside?
- How much paper is collected in Tameside?
- Where else can I recycle in Tameside?
- I am getting new furniture delivered - what can I do with my old stuff?
- Are there any charities in Tameside that will take unwanted goods?
- I have a new mobile phone - what can I do with the old one?
- How do I report problems with the recycling facilities?
- How do I find out more about recycling in Tameside?
98,869 households (100%), in Tameside are covered by the blue bin collection service where residents can recycle all old newspapers ,magazines and cardboard along with Tetra-Pak cartons. This bin is collected every four weeks.
You can put the following types of paper in your blue bin:
- Magazines and brochures
- Junk mail
- Office paper
The green bin is for mixed glass food and drinks cans, plastic bottles
Please allow 28 days for delivery of all recycling bins.
No your recycling bin will be delivered at the earliest convenience and placed on your property.
If you bin is badly damaged please contact the Environmental Call Centre on 0161 342 8355 and we will arrange to exchange your bin. Please note that replacement bins will not be provided if continuous damage occurs.
It is easier than you think! The Council can provide composters at a subsidised rate, call 0161 342 8355. Composters are great for grass and prunings as well as for vegetable peelings. To download a free copy of the Alan Titchmarsh Guide to Home Composting go to www.organics-recycling.org.uk
Why do we only take bottles and jars, and not other forms of glass like window panes, mirrors, sunbed tubes, etc?
In Tameside we pulverise the glass that we collect for recycling down into sand. Unfortunately, window panes, mirrors and sunbed tubes have different properties than glass and, therefore, cannot be used for the same applications.
Unfortunately we cannot accept this as it is made of a different type of plastic that cannot be processed by the recycling company.
Recycling in General
Tameside currently produces around 127,791 tonnes of rubbish each year. This weighs the equivalent of 17,110 double-decker buses! If these buses were parked end to end, the convoy would stretch 107 miles!
We currently recycle 33.71% of our rubbish, but there are a number of opportunities for you to recycle within Tameside so that we can improve on this figure!
Last year we recycled around 7,000 tonnes of newspapers and magazines through the blue bin scheme and a further 450 tonnes were collected at recycling banks. This paper was sent to a local mill and recycled into new newspapers.
We have 28 recycling sites across Tameside. Recycling centres are located in supermarket car parks and other convenient places to allow you to do your recycling as part of your shopping trip. There are also civic amenity sites in Droylsden and Stalybridge where you can recycle a wide range of materials.
The Council runs a bulky household waste service. There is a charge for collections.
Alternatively contact Emmaus Mossley on 01457 838608 / 835105.
The service is based in Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley, OL5 9AH.
They can collect products that are in good condition free of charge for re-use.
There are a number of high street charity shops that will take unwanted clothes, shoes, books and bric-a-brac. You can also use the bags that come through the door occasionally from specific charity collectors. To find your nearest charity shop search for 'charity shop' at www.yell.com
There are a number of schemes which allow you to recycle your old mobile phone. Willow Wood Hospice, Willow Wood Close, Ashton collect mobile phones for recycling to raise money for the hospice. Three of our Rethink Rubbish partner retailers support mobile phone recycling. Pick up a freepost envelope at Argos, Sainsbury's or Tesco and you can recycle your mobile phone and raise money for a number of charities. Alternatively, you can recycle your old phones at branches of Oxfam or Scope (and take your old clothes in at the same time!)
More information about this type of initiative is available from: www.oxfam.org.uk/get_involved/recycle/bringbring.html
Please use the online form to notify us of any problems with the recycling facilities in Tameside.
View more information about recycling in Tameside. These pages are very user-friendly, providing information on specific waste materials. Alternatively contact the Council Call Centre on 0161 342 8355.
For more information you can also view the Recycle for Greater Manchester FAQs page .