Irlam and Cadishead residents are being urged to set a shining green example to the rest of Salford when it comes to recycling.

Households in the two neighbourhoods will be the first to use Salford City Council’s new recycling scheme which launches on 2 April.

From 2 April they will be able to turn their food waste into re-useable compost simply by disposing of it in existing pink lidded garden waste bins or external food caddy, if they do not have a pink lidded bin.

The food recycling bin will then be collected weekly, instead of fortnightly in a bid to boost recycling in the city and save the council over £1m a year.

“This will make it much easier to recycle not least because all the bins will be collected on the same day from now on,” said said Councillor Gena Merrett, assistant mayor for housing and environment.

“Food and garden waste goes in the pink lidded bin or outdoor food bin which will be collected every week. Paper and cardboard which goes in the blue bin and glass, plastic bottles and cans which go in the brown bin will be collected every two weeks. Anything else which can’t be recycled at a household waste centre goes in the black bin which will be collected every two weeks.

“The hot cross buns you throw away this Easter weekend will be transformed into compost within a few months. By summer, those recycled buns will be pushing up flowers somewhere in the region instead of breaking down in landfill.”

The new service will be rolled out across all other areas of the city from 28 May, allowing 60,000 more households to recycle food waste.

Councillor Merrett added: “Food waste typically makes up a third of the average household bin where people don’t recycle or compost it. It currently costs the city over £17 million to send this waste to landfill and if we don’t change this will continue to go up each year. It makes perfect sense to change the service to boost recycling and save money.”

To find out more about the new services or to ask for either a pink lidded bin or outdoor food caddy, please call 0161 909 6500 or visit