From Monday  9th May 2022 residents using a vehicle over 2 metres high will be able to access the household waste recycling centres across Greater Manchester to dispose of household waste. (Except Springvale, Rochdale, and Every St, Bury)

All vans (including hire vans) and pick-up trucks will require a permit. Apply here.

Disposal of asbestos will still be at the weighbridge and PPE will be required.

Strictly no trade waste.

More info…

Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund

Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund

Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund

The Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund is a joint R4GM and Suez initiative to support Greater Manchester community and voluntary sector groups. The fund helps to deliver projects aimed at reducing household waste, increasing recycling and encouraging reuse.

All of the money raised by our Renew shops goes towards the Community Fund. Every year, £220,000 is available for community and voluntary projects.

Applications for 2022 are now open!

You can now view and download the application form and guidance notes for 2022-23 from the Greater Manchester Environment Fund website.

Missed our workshops?

We’ll be running another workshop in mid-April, check back here soon for more information.
in the meantime, watch the video below to find out more about the application process.


The fund aims to support projects which prevent, reuse, or recycle household waste, and also reduce contamination, promote sustainable use of waste and resources, and generate wider social benefits for the communities of Greater Manchester. We want to encourage and support innovative projects that are novel and involve a new and untried approach to tackling an issue in the key waste areas. Your project will need to focus on at least one of these areas.

  • waste prevention
  • increasing recycling
  • reuse of household waste
  • reducing contamination

Your project will need to focus on one or more of these priority waste streams:

  • Food waste
  • Paper and card
  • Glass
  • Textiles
  • Furniture
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

A total of £220,000 was available in 2021. There were two funding awards:

Council level award: This award is for projects that will benefit individual council areas within Greater Manchester – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, and Trafford (this excludes Wigan as they operate separate waste arrangements). A total of £180,000 of funding is available, maximum amount £10,000 per project.

Greater Manchester level award: This award is for projects that cover more than 1 council area or all 9 councils (excluding Wigan). A total of £40,000 of funding is available, maximum amount £20,000 per project.

Applications are welcome from Community and Voluntary Sector organisations such as:

  • Registered Charity (charity number must be provided)
  • Not-for-profit organisation (defined as a registered legal entity that does not make a private profit for directors, members, or shareholders)
  • Community, Neighbourhood or Voluntary Group
  • Faith group delivering community work
  • School, College or University

Applying organisations must be based in one or more of the following 9 Greater Manchester council areas; Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, and Trafford (excluding Wigan).

The Community Fund is currently closed and will reopen on 1st April 2022.

The Community Fund is part of the Greater Manchester Environment Fund (GMEF) which is an independent initiative aimed to provide more sustained investment in Greater Manchester’s natural capital. GMEF is a charitable vehicle managed by Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT) and independent from the GMCA.

You can download the the Community Fund application form now,  to give yourself an idea for what to expect. Please note this application form may change ahead of the 2022 submission period.

All applicants should read the Community Fund Guidance notes before they submit their application form.

A walk-through application video from Greater Manchester Environment Fund can be found below.

The funding decisions will be made by a board of representatives from GMCA, SUEZ, and LWT.

If you have any questions, please contact LWT at

Successful projects 2021

In 2021 we received 60 applications, of which 21 projects have been awarded funding. These are:

  • Emmaus Bolton
  • The Big Fandango
  • South Manchester Library Trial
  • Manchester Church of the Apostles
  • Brookburn Primary School PTA
  • Humans MCR
  • Manchester Environment Education Network
  • Oldham Intraquest CIC
  • Rochdale Vintage Worx
  • Salford Paradise Works CIC
  • Salford Social Adventures
  • Salford Oasis Community
  • Stockport Girl Guiding
  • Stockport Highway Hope
  • Renewal NW
  • Plastic Shed
  • Tameside Emmaus Mossley
  • Tame Made by Mortals
  • Community Bike Kitchen
  • Future Directions CIC
  • Sow the City

Our impact

Hear from 2021’s projects on how their work is impacting their communities.

It’s been great to witness how the workshops have transformed how our community thinks about waste, and even more thrilling to see each participant using the skills within their own environment.”

No Time to Waste, Rochdale Intraquest

“People with learning disabilities have often been excluded from conversations around protecting our environment and sustainability so we’re really excited to be able to develop these projects to help make a real difference.”

Green Superheroes, Future Directions

“Getting the dispensers in place, branded up and with instructions alongside the free jar scheme has been fab. It’s given people who may not have considered zero waste buying before a reason to get involved.”

The Food Collective, Reduce Waste Project

Recycle for Greater Manchester