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5 things you need to know before visiting the Recycling Centre

The wind is chilling, winter is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner. This is when the Recycling Centres are at their busiest, with lots of us clearing out our extra Christmas. We thought it would be a good idea to provide you with some ‘top tips’ to use when visiting the Recycling Centre to make your visit simple and stress-free. All of the advice below is based on personal experience and true life stories!

1. Preparation is key

The Greater Manchester Recycling Centres are designed to make recycling easy. By following these few simple steps it will make your visit even easier.

Separate your recyclable items to make unloading your vehicle much quicker. Check your local Recycling Centre to see what recycling they take.

The Recycling Centres are designed for vehicles under 2 metres in height. Don’t even chance it if you think your vehicle is close to this height as we have had vehicles get through when they are loaded and not get out the other side once unloaded!

Bring along a friend or family member to help you if you’re recycling heavy or awkward items.

If you are pulling a trailer make sure the load is lower than 2 metres, your vehicle may clear the barrier but the load may not and this can cause damage to your vehicle and our stripy barriers.

If you have a vehicle that is over 2 metres tall, you can visit one of the weighbridge facilities found next to some Recycling Centres. Just make sure you bring a council tax bill, recent utility bill or water bill with you. If you have paperless bills, then you can show it on your mobile phone. If you’re using a hire vehicle, make sure you bring your hire agreement along with you too.

2. Don’t tip the wrong stuff

When you have found the right container to put your waste, make sure you have your car keys in your pocket and any rings are securely on. In the past, our staff had to put their ‘hook a duck’ skills in action for wedding rings, keys and other valuables. The recycling containers hold tonnes of waste so it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack!

3. Leave the site safely

Double check that your boot is closed before driving off.

4. Make the most of it

All Recycling Centres are open from 8am to 6pm (except Salford Road in Bolton) during the winter months. Curious about what actually happens to your recycling? Have a look at our What happens to my waste? page.

We have also partnered with a number of local furniture reuse organisations to make it easier for you to donate furniture in good condition.

5. Not to worry

Your general waste doesn’t go to waste – it gets turned into electricity! In 2016/17, Greater Manchester’s general waste produced enough energy to power more than 89,000 homes for a day! Long gone are the days of putting it all in landfill.

Have you got any more tips that are worth sharing? Let us know in the comments below or send us a Tweet or Facebook message.

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