Take a look behind the scenes as Manchester's Neighbourhood Teams work to keep the city clean and green

Manchester City Council’s social media is to be taken over by its Neighbourhood Services teams this week (Monday 18 - Friday 22 September).

Each year 30 million household bins are emptied in Manchester, and in 2017, 60,000 tonnes of waste will be recycled. Meanwhile waste offences have cost offenders £116,714 so far this year.

During the week officers from the Neighbourhood Teams will invite you to take a look behind the scenes as they proudly work to keep the city clean and green.

The city's residents advised - as part of the budget consultation - that bins, clean streets and tackling fly-tipping were among their top priorities.

More than £50 million is spent each year to clean Manchester's streets and collect and dispose of waste.

The council has a number of dedicated teams who work to keep the city’s streets clean, collect residents’ bins – recycling waste where possible - and prosecuting offenders for waste offences.

Members of these teams will be sharing details of their day-to-day work on the council’s social media accounts on Tuesday 19 September.

Each year 30 million household bins are emptied in Manchester and thanks to the city’s residents 60,000 tonnes of waste has been sent for recycling – that’s the equivalent of the weight of 11,000 elephants or 4,700 double decker buses.

Manchester’s recycling rate has increased from less than 32 per cent in 2015/6 to a projected 40 per cent for 2017/8.

For every 1% increase in recycling the council can save more than half a million pounds in waste disposal costs – money that can be spent on other priorities like children in care and looking after vulnerable older people.

The increase in recycling rates has helped the city to avoid more than £7m in waste disposal costs to date - with even higher annual savings possible in future, if the recycling rate can be improved further.

There are around 2,500 public litter bins in Manchester so there is no excuse for anyone to drop litter in the city.

Littering and fly-tipping can blight neighbourhoods with unsightly and potentially hazardous waste. These actions drain money from the council’s budget that could be better spent on other priorities identified by residents like parks, social services, and libraries.

The city council has a dedicated fly-tipping enforcement team who investigate reported ‘grot spots’ and find evidence to prosecute offenders.

So far this year 2,353 fines have been issued for littering and 67 fly-tippers have been fined. In 2017 the council’s enforcement action has cost offenders £116,714.

Residents can play their part in the successful prosecution of waste offenders and can report flytipping at www.manchester.gov.uk/environment.  

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Residents agreed, as part of the budget consultation, that waste disposal, recycling and keeping our streets clean are some of their top priorities and this is reflected in the sizeable portion of our budget dedicated to focus on these areas.

“Our neighbourhood teams take pride in their work and are rightly proud of the positive visible changes they make to the communities they work in. We’re all responsible to make sure we dispose of our litter in the right way and it’s fantastic that throughout the city our teams are supported by a number of resident groups and businesses who work tirelessly to keep their neighbourhoods clean and take a stand against flytipping.

“I want to thank Manchester's residents for their efforts to recycle more and keep our streets clean but I also want to remind the anti social minority - who let the city down by littering or fly tipping - that their behaviour will not be tolerated and we won't hesitate to take strong enforcement action wherever possible. There’s always more that we can do as a city to push our recycling rates higher and keep our neighbourhoods clean, but by working together, we are already on course to avoid £7m in needless waste disposal costs, and we're building a cleaner, greener city.“

Follow @ManCityCouncil on Twitter and join the conversation #OurManchester as officers from the city council’s Neighbourhood teams will be tweeting about their day-to-day work on Tuesday 19 September.

The teams will also be posting on Facebook at: facebook.com/mancitycouncil

For further information about waste and recycling services, and how to report flytipping visit: www.manchester.gov.uk

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