Visiting a Recycling Centre? 

  • Stay two metres away from other visitors and staff at all times
  • Two people from the same household may leave their vehicle only to carry large items
  • Cars and vans under 2 metres high only – no vehicles with trailers

What are we doing?

In May 2019, we asked for your feedback on our campaigns.

Most people said they wanted a bin sticker that told them what they can put in their recycling bin

Most people said they wanted a leaflet that told them what they can and can’t put in their recycling bin.

We are working with Bury council to make recycling plastic less confusing by promoting it’s #GotToBeABottle.

Only plastic bottles can be recycled in your blue bin. Please put all other plastics (pots, tubs and trays) in your grey bin. Most people think their general waste goes to landfill but it doesn’t, it is used to make electricity. 

Look out for our adverts in local papers and magazines.

Research tells us that…

4 out of 10 people agree that: ‘It is confusing in my area with what you can and can’t recycle at home’.

9 out of 10 people in Greater Manchester are putting one or more wrong items in their mixed recycling bin.

4 out of 10 people are putting plastic pots, tubs and trays in the wrong bin.

Why did I get a sticker inside my bin?

The sticker is a useful reminder so you can double check you’re putting the right things in the right bin.


Why did I get a leaflet?

Every household in Bury with wheelie bins received a recycling guide. The leaflet has been designed to be an easy to follow guide on what to put in each bin. Stick it on your fridge, noticeboard or near your kitchen recycling bins as a handy reminder.

You can make a difference

  1. Make a smart swap to reduce your single use plastic
  2. Take your own container to the supermarkets
  3. Reuse and repair things where you can
  4. Recycle all your plastic bottles from around your home, don’t forget the bottles in your bathroom
  5. Make sure you are putting the right items in the right bin

Did you know?

If everyone in Bury recycled one more bathroom cleaner bottle, it would save enough energy to power a primary school for nearly 2 months!

How to get involved in #GotToBeABottle

1. Tell your friends and family how to recycle right

2. Follow @recycle4gm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

3. Come to an open day and see what happens to your recycling

4. Subscribe to our newsletter

5. Tell your local school or community group to book a visit to our recycling facility


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What happens to my plastic?

To recycle or not to recycle? Check our A-Z guide before you bin.

Find your nearest Recycling Centre, where you can recycle your batteries, clothes, electrical items and more.

Want to use less plastic?  Our blogs have plenty of tips.

Have you received your leaflet or sticker? Tell us what you think, leave a comment below.

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Alison Anstee
Alison Anstee

No I’ve not received either recycling leaflet or sticker

Sammy Alloway

Hi Alison, which area of Bury do you live? and we will check with our leaflet delivery company.

K. Bowers
K. Bowers

Why does some plastic packaging say it’s recyclable but you won’t take it?

Sammy Alloway

Hi, All plastics in theory can be recycled but it is not always technically or economically viable. In Greater Manchester, we only collect plastic bottles because there is a sustainable market for them and we can guarantee they will be recycled.


Really an urban region as big as greater Manchester should be able to recycle most recyclable plastics. We shouldn’t be putting pots etc. in the black bin.

Iain Macfarlane
Iain Macfarlane

Just been handed my visit allowance guide. I am worried this will increase fly tipping in less built up areas. It could spell disaster.

Sammy Alloway

Hi Iain, The policy allows you to visit up to 52 times in a year in a standard car. Even if you need to visit more often while you’re doing DIY on your home, your visits will be averaged out over the year. Greater Manchester wide communications will focus on traders’ and residents’ duty of care; Your duty of care is about your responsibility as a resident with regards to the waste you produce. The new policy will not simply ban suspected traders from using the HWRC, they will be signposted to other facilities and provided with information on how… Read more »

Richie Clarke
Richie Clarke

We have not received recycling leaflet or sticker. All contents of our black bins goes to landfill, the idea introduced to separate our waste was to cut the volume going to landfill, know we are being advised to put a large volume of recyclable plastic into landfill. You are telling the general public it is OK TO PUT RECYCLABLE ITEMS TO LANDFILL. Why have you not looked at for instance having a skip at the recycle centres that accommodate OTHER RECYCLABLE PLASTIC ? To me it looks as though you have signed up to a new contract for plastic bottles… Read more »

Recycle for Greater Manchester
Recycle for Greater Manchester

Hi Richie, We didn’t remove your comment – before we publish comments we check them to make sure they don’t contain any offensive language. In Bury and the rest of Greater Manchester apart from Wigan – all the general waste goes to an energy recovery facility not landfill. The only type of plastic you can put in your recycling bin at home are plastic bottles this has been the case for the last 10 years, even when the waste and recycling contract was with Viridor. For more information about plastic, please visit If you have any questions about Bury… Read more »

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