Some Recycling Centres are open following social distancing guidelines. Check opening times before you visit.

Please only visit if you really need to.

Odd and even number plate system will be in place.   You can only visit the Recycling Centres on certain days depending on your vehicle number plate.

If you go, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Read important information before you visit

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice

Are Recycling Centres open?

Some Recycling Centres reopened on Saturday 2nd May following social distancing guidelines.

Please read all the information on the Recycling Centres Opening Times web page before you visit.

Only visit if you really need to. Please store your waste safely if you can or wait for your next bin collection day.

Are my bins going to be collected?

Your council’s bin collection crews are working hard to ensure your bins are collected. However, there may be changes to your collection service.

Please check your local council for up to date information.

How to minimise your waste?

DIY and clear outs

Avoid doing large DIY projects or clear outs unless you have space to store your waste.

Make the most of the space in your bin

Make space in your bin by squeezing air out of your bin bags, you can also flatten and squash your rubbish too.

How to safely store waste and recycling

• Check your local council’s website for updates on your bin collections
• Keep your bins in a secure place, at least one metre away from your property
• Avoid storing your bins under covered areas, such as porches
• Don’t overfill your bins or leave loose rubbish around them
• Never put batteries or electrical items in your bins – store them safely at home until the Recycling Centres can accept them again
• Only put your bins out on collection days and bring them in once they’ve been emptied
• If you have extra rubbish while the Recycling Centres are closed, store it securely in a shed or a garage if possible, or in a neat pile at least one metre away from your property

Advice for people living in flats and high-rise properties

• Always dispose of your rubbish according to the building arrangements
• Where you have a communal bin room use it but stay 2 metres away from neighbours
• Rubbish should never be stored in corridors, stairs or hallways
• Do not store flammable materials like gas on your balcony
• Reduce clutter and keep items on the balcony to a minimum
• If you smoke, make sure you stub cigarettes out properly and never flick them off your balcony
• Never put batteries or electrical items in your own bin or communal bins

For more information about fire safety, visit manchesterfire.gov.uk

Can I pay someone to get rid of my waste?

You have a legal Duty of Care to ensure your household waste is disposed of correctly. You can be prosecuted even if your waste is fly tipped by someone else on your behalf. If it’s your waste, it’s your responsibility. Always use a registered waste carrier to collect your waste. Find a registered waste carrier in your area on the Environment Agency’s website. For more information visit the fly tipping page.

What should I do with personal waste?

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.  Please put disposable gloves and face masks in your general waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

For more information, visit GOV.UK

What should I do with ashes from a barbecue or a chiminea?

Cold ashes from wood and coal go in your general waste bin. Never put ashes straight into a bin. Hot ashes could melt the plastic and cause a fire.

What should I do with cement bonded asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard?

Our facilities where high sided vehicles and council vehicles are not open to the public therefore you currently cannot dispose asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard from your home.  Please do not carry out DIY projects that would involve the removal of these materials unless you have safe and secure storage.

What should I do with batteries?

Please store batteries safely at home, please do not put these in any of your wheelie bins at home as they can spark and can cause fires.

Is the entrance for high-sided vehicles and traders closed?

All our facilities are closed to members of the public, but remain open to businesses who are existing SUEZ account holders and local councils’ waste collection vehicles. This is so we can support the local councils to continue operating vital services.

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