Residents back recycling scheme
Bin it: Councillor Gena Merrett with tenant Darren Ardron using one of the new recycling chutes
A MAJOR housing regeneration project in Salford has recycled almost 9,000 tonnes of construction waste – achieving more than a 95% recycling rate and saving around £700,000 in landfill costs.
For the Pendleton Together team, made up of social landlord Together Housing Group, regeneration specialist Keepmoat and Salford City Council - waste minimisation is top of the agenda for delivering the £650 million project.
Since the first kitchen was ripped out of the 1,250 council-owned homes that are being refurbished and the first brick laid on the 1,600 energy efficient new homes being built, Pendleton Together has achieved the 96% recycling rate and cut landfill costs.
The 9,000 tonnes of construction waste which has avoided landfill includes kitchen units, bathroom suites, boilers, radiators, roof tiles, fencing, bricks, wood and plasterboard.
The recycle or reuse message is catching on in Pendleton and many households are stepping up their efforts to recycle more.
Pendleton’s high rise apartment blocks are the first in the country to have tri and bi separating recycling chutes on each floor, which means they can recycle a wide variety of items.
Residents in Spruce Court, Hornbeam Court and Whitebeam Court now have chutes for general waste, paper and card board and plastics and glass. Previously all waste was sent down one chute, now residents can press the button for the type of waste they wish to deposit and it goes into the correct bin in the storage area.
A Sort it! Bin it! Chute it! recycling campaign has been launched to encourage residents to recycle.
Each apartment has been fitted with three bins so that residents can separate their waste and they have been given a three step guide to recycling – to encourage them to increase their recycling. Colourful, easy step by step information leaflets have been handed out and tenant recycling champions are spreading the word.
Deborah MacDonald, of Pendleton Together, said: “As part of the refurbishments being carried out we are introducing recycling facilities in our high rise apartments.
“We have worked with Greater Manchester Waste Disposal who carried out some research for us to find out why recycling rates were so much lower in high rise blocks than in houses. Due to the nature of the building, residents have to take their rubbish some distance just to recycle.
“We are the first to install these type of chutes. We want to make it easier for our residents to recycle, whether they live in a house or a high rise.
“We are making these changes to reduce the amount of rubbish we send to landfill, which is costing Salford City Council millions of pounds each year and has less of an impact on the environment.”
Councillor Gena Merrett, Strategic Mayor for Housing and the Environment at Salford City Council, said: “It is crucial that we minimise the impact a regeneration project of the size and scale that is happening in Pendleton has on the environment and recycle or reuse as much of the waste generated as possible.
“The majority of waste generated from regenerating Pendleton is in itself being regenerated or reused.”