The Tameside bin swap scheme is already saving £25,000 a week in landfill charges. When the scheme is rolled out across the whole of Tameside later in 2015, the recycling scheme is expected to save a huge £3.25m a year.
Bin swap involves swapping what goes in the green and black bins so glass, cans and plastic bottles go in the black bin which has more capacity for recycling and only waste that cannot be recycled such as plastic food trays, yoghurt pots and wrapping go into the green bin and onto landfill.
The scheme is being introduced in phases – residents don’t need to make any changes until they receive a letter from the Council with a start date and more detailed information and guidance
More than 30,000 Tameside homes are already involved in the scheme. The best performing area so far is top Mossley with a whopping 23.4% reduction in landfill waste being collected.
Tameside currently recycles 45 per cent of its waste but, with bin swap, it will become one of the best performing waste collection authorities in Greater Manchester