BINS will be “tagged” with labels telling residents whether they are recycling correctly or not.

Bolton Council is launching the Right Stuff, Right Bin, pilot scheme in Halliwell.

Funded by Recycle for Greater Manchester it involves educating residents about what can and cannot go in the recycling bins.

Residents living in the campaign area will either be left a green ‘thank you’ tag on bins that contain the correct items for recycling, or a red ‘wrong stuff, wrong bin’ tag.

If they have put incorrect items in the recycling bins, these bins will not be collected, however the tag will include a reminder of which items can go in their bin for next time.

Cllr Elaine Sherrington, cabinet member for waste, recycling and housing at Bolton Council, said: “A large number of people in the borough already work hard at recycling most of their waste.

“However, some people still struggle to identify the correct items for each bin and this could be for a number of reasons.

“It is always good to try new ideas to raise the level of recycling, which in turn saves the town money.

“I hope people will get involved with this new initiative which should make a difference.”

Council bosses want to ensure residents understand items such as yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic food trays and carrier bags cannot be recycled and should go in the grey bin.

The Right Stuff, Right Bin campaign will be rolled out over the next eight weeks, and if it is a success will be expanded into other parts of Bolton. The campaign message to ‘recycle right’ will be backed up by leaflets, posters and a team visiting houses on the chosen bin collection round.

A roadshow hosted by Key 103 will take place at Morrisons, Chorley Old Road, on Thursday, and residents are encouraged to go along if they need any recycling help or advice.

For more information on recycling in Bolton, visit