From 20 October 2015 Rochdale Council will be introducing a new waste and recycling collection service that will see residents’ residual waste collected every three weeks.
The new service is aimed at saving the council £1m a year, by recycling more, and will help towards the £37m savings it needs to make over the next two years.
In 2014 the council recycled 34.5% and has set a target to recycle 45% by 2017.
The changes will also see the introduction of a weekly food waste collection, where residents will receive a free kitchen caddy and compostable bags.
Switching to three-weekly collections of residual waste is a trend that is picking up pace among councils that need to both reduce outgoings and increase recycling.
The first to make the switch to three-weekly collections in England was Bury council last year.
The Council recently announced the borough’s household recycling rate is now 57.5%, a marked increase of more than 10% since the system of three-weekly non-recyclable collections.