Bury community pull together to Re –Think waste

Recycle for Greater Manchester’s Up and Forward Team have recruited and trained 16 recycling ambassadors for East Bury which have been out and about encouraging the community to waste less and recycle more.

Each of the 16 ambassadors has volunteered their own time to help improve awareness and spread recycling messages throughout the local Asian community.

East Bury was chosen for this European Union funded campaign because it was identified as an area where residents weren’t recycling as much as they could.

In total, over 600 houses were visited and give help and advice with recycling including a free Re-Think Waste leftover recipe booklet available in English and Urdu was also given out to residents which included hints and tips on reducing food waste and making meals from leftovers.  As a result of these visits 55 recycling bin were requested by local residents.

As well as door-to-door calling the campaign included organising community events in the area where residents were able to take part in recycling activities and games.  Cookery demonstrations showing how to waste less by using up leftover food were given by students from Bury College and residents had the opportunity to  swap recipes.

Local resident and Recycling Ambassador Councillor Shaheena Haroon said:  “It is really important that all our residents recycle and recycle the right items in the right bin – every household and every item really does count.

“The ambassadors recruited in East Bury have done a fantastic job at spreading the recycling message.  With a friendly and informal approach they’ve managed to reach out and show their community just how simple recycling really is.”

Michelle Lynch, Up and Forward Campaigns Officer said: “We all produce waste, so we must all take responsibility for what happens to it.  Recycling is easy and it should be a part of daily life.”

A copy of the free recipe booklet can be downloaded from: