RECYCLE FOR GREATER MANCHESTER EXPANDS RANGE OF RECYCLABLE PLASTICS, AS RECYCLING RATES RISE AGAIN




Longley Lane Recycling Centre

 

RECYCLE for Greater Manchester is set to expand the range of materials that can be recycled at its recycling centres, as new figures show a strong increase in recycling rates across the city-region.

As part of a trial, Greater Manchester residents can now recycle hard plastics such as old plastic garden furniture or children’s toys that are broken or no longer usable. The hard plastics are bulked up and taken to a reprocessor where they are recycled into new plastic products.

With more containers added for different types of materials, the recycling centres are no longer a place where waste is simply thrown away; nearly all household waste can be either recycled, reused, upcycled or composted. The majority of the items brought to the centres are recycled locally in the Northwest and very little goes to landfill, in fact less than 2% of all household waste in Greater Manchester ends up in landfill.

The announcement comes as new figures show that in May, recycling rates increased on average to over 52%, with some sites reaching 60%.

Cllr Martyn Cox, GMCA lead for the Green City Region and waste and recycling, said: “There have been many improvements to our recycling centres over recent years and it’s great to see the recycling rate increasing. Through our partnership with SUEZ UK who manage the sites, they’ve been able to identify new recycling outlets such as for hard plastics and mattresses. That means we can recycle more and more of our household waste. And through our Renew shops we’re able to support many of our communities and people in need.”

Containers are also available for recycling mattresses and carpets. Mattresses are taken to a facility in Bolton which is run by the Furniture Recycling Group (TFR). Here, they are broken down into 19 different component parts including steel, cotton, polyester, and foam. Some of the fabrics end up in the car manufacturing process whilst others go into making stab proof vests!

Around 167,000 tonnes of mattresses still get landfilled in the UK every year – this is around 7 million mattresses! Every month, TFR Group recycle around 15,000 mattresses, all of which come from the containers at the recycling centres across Greater Manchester.

Reuse is also high on the agenda at the recycling centres, with ‘Renew’ containers situated at 18 of the 20 sites. These are for any items that are in good condition or need minor repairs. Once the items have been donated at the recycling centres, they’re taken to the Renew Hub in Trafford Park, where they’re cleaned, sorted and repaired ready to be sold in one of the three Renew shops, or via the new eBay shop.

The Renew shops opened in 2021 and are located at Woodhouse Lane, Trafford; Boysnope Wharf, Salford; and Arkwright St, Oldham recycling centres. All money raised from sales of the pre-loved items goes towards two good causes: the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity and R4GM Community Fund.

John Wrigley, Regional Director for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said: “We are really proud of the recycling rates that we’re now achieving across all of our sites in Greater Manchester. Since we took on the contract in 2019 we have focused on bringing in the right partnerships enabling us to recycle more materials, such as carpets and mattresses, with hard plastics being the latest material to be added. We work closely with Recycle for Greater Manchester to ensure that residents are aware of what to do with their waste items, and if anybody is unsure on site our operatives are always on hand to help.”

There are 20 recycling centres available free of charge for residents. They are open 7 days a week, most sites from 8am to 8pm. If you are visiting in a van, you will need a permit. Find out more: www.recycleforgreatermanchester.com.



SEARCH FOR YOUR LOCAL RECYCLING CENTRE:


Adswood Road Recycling Centre
Adswood Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 5QY

Opening times:

Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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New Years Day – Closed



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Arkwright Street Recycling Centre
Arkwright St, Oldham, OL9 9LZ

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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New Years Day – Closed



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Ash Road Recycling Centre
Ash Road, Droylsden, M43 6QU

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Bayley Street Recycling Centre
Bayley Street, Stalybridge, SK15 1PZ

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Boysnope Wharf Recycling Centre
Liverpool Road, Eccles, M30 7RH

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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New Years Day – Closed



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Bredbury Parkway Recycling Centre
Bredbury Park Way, Bredbury Park Industrial Estate, Bredbury, SK6 2SN

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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New Years Day – Closed



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Cemetery Road Recycling Centre
Cemetery Road, Radcliffe, M26 4FT

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Chester Road Recycling Centre
Chester Road, Stretford, M32 9AU

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Chichester Road Recycling Centre
Chichester Street, Rochdale, OL16 2AU

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Cobden Street Recycling Centre
Cobden Street, Salford, M6 6NA

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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New Years Day – Closed



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Every Street Recycling Centre
Every Street, Bury, BL9 5BE

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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New Years Day – Closed



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Hurstwood Court Recycling Centre
Hurstwood Court, Raikes Lane, Bolton, BL3 2NP

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Longley Lane Recycling Centre
Longley Lane, Sharston, M22 4RQ

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Lumns Lane Recycling Centre
Lumns Lane, Clifton, M27 8LN

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Reliance Street Recycling Centre
Reliance Street, Manchester, M40 3EZ

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Rose Hill Recycling Centre
Railway Road, Rose Hill, Marple, SK6 6HU

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Salford Road Recycling Centre
Salford Road, Bolton, BL5 1DG

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays 10am to 4pm

Christmas Day – Closed

New Years Day – Closed

 



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Sandfold Lane Recycling Centre
Sandfold Lane, Manchester, M19 3BJ

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Spring Vale Recycling Centre
Spring Vale, Middleton, M24 2HR

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Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

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Woodhouse Lane Recycling Centre
(off Sinderland Road), Altrincham, WA14 5TB

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