The amount of recycling material being rejected by the UK’s second-largest city (population 2.7M), Manchester, has risen twentyfold due to Covid, fewer bin collections and the Chinese ban on importing waste.

Less than half the city’s waste was being recycled in 2020, down from 53% in 2019, reported the Manchester Evening News.

Meanwhile, 2,600 tonnes of rubbish was rejected from recycling bins due to contamination, a report has found.

The Greater Manchester Council building

The upshot of all this is that it is costing local authorities “well in excess of £50 million”, according to one study. Assistant director David Seager said the cost to councils in Greater Manchester could be more than £100m.

A spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority said: “We welcome the aims of the Government’s draft national waste strategy to increase recycling rates, and are awaiting a further round of consultations early next year before we can fully understand the implications and impact on Greater Manchester.

“We will continue to work closely with local councils throughout this process on a consistent response.”

You know it makes BinSense!

BinSense has developed a world-first sensor that can detect contaminants WITHIN the recycling bineducating residents on whether they have recycled correctly, and telling the recycling truck drivers whether the bin has clean recycling or not.

We have an international patent on this technology, and we’re currently trialling this with various local councils in Australia, and have interest from overseas.

Contact Naren @ BinSense for more information…




BinSense has developed a world-first patent-protected sensor that can detect contaminants WITHIN the recycling bin, educating residents on whether they have recycled correctly, and telling the recycling truck drivers whether the bin has clean recycling or not.

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