WRAPPING paper, turkey bones and other Christmas waste must be recycled, according to council chiefs.

And if people cannot fit their waste into their household bins, they are being told to take it to a recycling centre.

Waste food and foliage should be put into the green bin or the food waste container.

Paper, card and cartons should be put into the beige bin while empty bottles and jars can be disposed of in the burgundy bin.

Recycling rates in Bolton rose seven per cent in seven months, after the council made the controversial switch to fortnightly black bin collections.

The percentage of household waste sent for re-use, recycling or composting has risen from 31 to 38 per cent from April 1 this year until October 31.

Council bosses say the result is due to an increase in the tonnage of recycling, and a fall in the amount of residual waste collected, with the authority collecting 6,593 tonnes less of black bin waste than the same period of time in 2012.

For each tonne of general waste disposed of, the council is charge £270.

The council’s cabinet member for waste and recycling Cllr Elaine Sherrington said: “We’d like to thank everyone for working to make the new service a success.

“People have already accepted the new system and are starting to change their behaviour and think about how they dispose of their waste.

“If you do have any excess waste which can’t be recycled and won’t fit in your grey bin, you can take it to any of the Household Recycling Centres around the borough.”


Bin collections will take place as normal except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

  • Monday, December 23 – No change.
  • Tuesday, December 24 – No change.
  • Wednesday, December 25, will be emptied Saturday, December 28; Thursday, December 26, will be emptied Sunday, December 29.
  • Friday, December 27 – No change.
  • Monday, December 30 – No change.
  • Tuesday, December 31 – No change.
  • Wednesday, January 1, will be emptied Saturday, January 4.
  • Thursday, January 2 – No change.
  • Friday, January 3 – No change.

For more information about bins and recycling visit Bolton Council's website. For bin collection dates information go here.