Salford City Partnership


Waste and recycling in Salford

The Waste Collection service plays a crucial role in maintaining high levels of local environmental quality for the residents and the communities of Salford. Our waste collection services prevent the spread of littering, dumping and fly-tipping, and - through encouraging recycling - are reducing our reliance on land-filling.

The Waste Collection Service provides a weekly domestic refuse service to all households and offers a commercial service to Salford's schools, businesses and other organisations. A bulky waste collection service is also available.

The service also collects sorted recyclable materials from households on the following frequencies:-

NB. Collection frequencies to blocks of residential flats are tailored according to the storage capacity of each site.

All of Salford's waste is dealt with by the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority. Salford, along with the other council's of Greater Manchester with the exception of Wigan, has entered into a long term contract with the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority for the disposal of waste.

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority operates four Household Waste Recycling Centres in Salford, where residents can take materials too large or bulky for the household collection service. These centres also accept other wastes such as oil, paints, batteries etc. which should not be placed in the weekly residual waste collection bin. They also accept waste building materials from householders.

The population of Salford and the number of households is rising creating a major challenges for the service .This is because potentially more waste will be produced resulting in higher collection and disposal costs for the Council. This challenge arises at a time of budget reductions as a result of the national spending review.

The challenge of combating rising costs and potentially higher quantities of waste can be met by significantly increasing household recycling rates and securing a large reduction in the amount of residual waste produced by households.

Over the next few years in view of the continuing pressure on the Council's budgets it is likely that collection frequencies for the variety of waste materials collected will need to be reviewed.

City Perspective

Salford collects the highest amount of waste per head of population in Greater Manchester, rising from 430 kilograms in 2009/10 to almost 464 kilograms in 2010/11, a rise of 8%.

Salford produces the 2nd highest tonnage of residual waste in Greater Manchester, almost 633 kilograms per household per annum. (Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority 2010/11)

Salford's performance is improving year on year and in 2010/11 35% of all household waste was sent for reuse, recycling or composting. This level of performance is comparable with other local authorities similar to Salford.

Within Greater Manchester, Salford ranks 5th out of 9 in terms of performance.

Salford along with the other Greater Manchester authorities has a performance target of 50% of all waste produced to be sent for reuse, recycling or composting by 2020.

Key issues for the city

The key issues are raising Salford's reuse, recycling and composting performance to 50% or better and the reduction in the amount of residual waste that is deposited in the weekly refuse collection bins. If these targets are not met then Salford's costs for collection and disposal of waste will rise.

Analysis of the residual waste stream has revealed that it contains unwanted clothing, electrical equipment and small items of furniture, all of which could be reused or recycled thus reducing the amount of residual waste produced. Details of how such materials can be sent for reuse or recycling is contained on Salford Council's web site.

All households that produce garden waste (approximately 46,000) are encouraged to participate in the food and garden waste recycling scheme, which from the 1st September 2011, enables households to deposit all their food waste in the garden waste bin rather than the weekly refuse collection bin. All of this waste is now sent for in-vessel composting at state of the art facilities. The final product is high quality compost.

Some participants in the scheme have queried whether the collection frequency of once every two weeks will lead to public health issues during the summer months from odour and flies and this matter is being considered.

There are on occasion problems with the waste materials being placed in the wrong recycling bins, which cause problems at the recycling processing centres, for which Salford can incur additional costs. A programme of raising the awareness of households regarding what can be recycled and encouraging greater participation rates is currently taking place.

Recommendations for future action and commissioning

The recycling of other wastes that are usually deposited in the residual waste bins such as tetra packs and aerosol cans is also to be promoted.

Initiatives to encourage recycling at multiple occupancy properties are also to be developed further.

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This page was last updated on 1 June 2012

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