All Recycling Centres remain open (updated 5th January 2021)

Please follow the below guidelines when visiting:

  • only visit if you really need to do so
  • follow social distancing measures when on site
  • wear a face covering
  • plan your visit, weekdays are less busy
  • sort waste and recycling before your visit to minimise time on site
  • all recycling containers are open
  • wash your hands before and after your visit


Virtual Spring Open Day

Date: Wednesday 14th April, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm
Location: Manchester

See your recycling in action – virtually!

Ever wondered what happens to your recycling after it has been collected?

Here’s your chance to go behind the scenes at our Materials Recovery Facility at Longley Lane in Manchester to see how recycling is sorted and separated from over a million homes.

A virtual tour of the Materials Recovery Facility

  • See how your plastic bottles are sorted using near infra-red lasers
  • Find out how glass bottles and jars are given a clean using cyclones
  • Watch how we turn your aluminium drinks cans and foil into biscuits (not suitable for eating)

You will be able to join a live event , watch our virtual tour and take part in a workshop and ask all those questions you have about recycling.

Dates and times

  • Wednesday 14th April 2021
  • 6.30pm-7.30pm

How to book

Book your place by email

  • The event is open to Greater Manchester residents only (excluding Wigan).
  • When you email, please state the council area of Greater Manchester that you live in.
  • Please let us know how many adults (and children, if applicable) you would like to book for

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