Peel Green goes greener

A large bin

Cemetery visitors can now remember their loved ones and do their bit for the planet.

Salford City Council is trialling new green waste bins at Peel Green cemetery for visitors to recycle flowers and plants which will be turned into compost.

Councillor Barbara Bentham, lead member for environment, neighbourhoods and community safety, said the idea would only work if people were careful about what they put in the bins.

“It sounds such a simple and obvious idea but other councils around the country have tried it and found the green bins get contaminated with waste that can’t be composted,” she said.

“I’m sure the good people of Salford will help us make this trial a success by removing any plastic, paper, oasis, ribbons, elastic bands, metal or anything else that can’t be composted before they put flowers, plants or leaves in the bin. If this works in Peel Green we can roll it out to the other cemeteries in the city.

“Non compostable items can be put into other bins around the cemetery. If they go into the green bins, we can’t remove them and a contaminated load can’t be recycled. I hope people will appreciate being able to remember their loved ones in an eco-friendly way which is good for the planet.”

The new bins, which can be found between plots U and T, are part of a plan to make Salford’s cemeteries more sustainable, reduce their carbon footprint as part of the council’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2038 and improve bio-diversity. Green materials from maintenance at all cemeteries is already recycled.

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Date published
Thursday 24 November 2022

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