From the 1st December 2021, you will need a permit if you are visiting your local Household Waste Recycling Centre to dispose of household waste using your own van, pick-up truck or a twin axle trailer

Use the link below to find out more information and apply for your permit. Please note: you will need to provide a copy of your V5C form (logbook) and current proof of address.

Please note: visitors using a standard car or a vehicle adapted for wheelchair users do NOT need a permit to use the Recycling Centres unless you intend to visit with a twin axle trailer.

Van and twin axle permit

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Woodhouse Lane Recycling Centre

Follow COVID-19 measures when you visit

(off Sinderland Road), Altrincham, WA14 5TB

Recycling Centre Rules

  • If you live in Greater Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside or Trafford) you can use any of our Recycling Centres free of charge for waste and recycling from your home. This includes waste from normal day-to-day household activities and DIY projects. If you live in Wigan, please use the recycling centres managed by Wigan council 
  • No trade waste
  • Sort you waste and recycling before you visit
  • No pedestrian access
  • Please make sure you don’t block access for other road users

COVID-19 Measures

  • Stay two metres (six feet) away from other visitors and staff at all times
  • Queuing time may be longer than usual due to social distancing restrictions.
  • Wear a face mask if you can
  • Only one person at a time to dispose of waste in any container
  • Only one person to access a walkway/gantry at a time
  • Do not visit if you or anyone from your household have Covid-19 symptoms
  • Two people from the same household may leave their vehicle only to carry large items
  • SUEZ staff will not be able to help unload your vehicle
  • Other passengers must remain in the car
  • Wash your hands regularly

How many times can I visit?

The number of times you can visit Greater Manchester Suez Recycling Centres in a year, depends on the size of your vehicle:

  • Cars and cars with single axle trailers – 52 visits a year

This includes: disability-adapted vehicles, SUVs, people carriers with multiple seats (under 2 metres high), bicycles, cargo bikes and bikes with a cargo trailer.

  • Cars with a double axle trailer – 18 visits a year
  • Vehicles up to 3.5 tonne gross vehicle weight: 18 visits a year

This includes pickup trucks, estate vans, city vans and chassis vans

  • Vans over 3.5 tonnes can visit 12 times a year
To help us monitor number of visits, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and CCTV is used at the Recycling Centre.
For more information, visit the Recycling Centre visit limit information page.

What can I take to the Recycling Centre?

Please make sure you separate your waste and recycling so you can put them in the right container when you arrive.

Please check our A-Z recycling guide for a full list of what you can take.

Important information about rubble

You can take hardcore and rubble from DIY projects to a Recycling Centre. You are limited to the amount of rubble you can take in one visit. The limit is five (900mm x 600mm) rubble sacks per visit.

Renew shops

You can now donate a range of unwanted items at 15 recycling centres across Greater Manchester to help stock our new Renew shops selling pre-love household items at an affordable price – find out more.

Waste Transfer Facility rules

  • If your vehicle is over 2 metres high you cannot access the Recycling Centre due to the height barrier – you will need to use the waste transfer facility where council vehicles go.
  • If you live in Greater Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside or Trafford) you can use any of our waste transfer facilities free of charge for waste and recycling from your home. This includes waste from normal day-to-day household activities and DIY projects. If you live in Wigan, please use the recycling centres managed by Wigan council 
  • Sort you waste and recycling before you visit
  • PPE must be worn
  • No pedestrian access
  • Please make sure you don’t block access for other road users

Covid-19 Measures

  • Stay two metres (six feet) away from other visitors and staff at all times
  • Queuing time may be longer than usual due to social distancing restrictions.
  • Wear a face mask if you can
  • Only one person at a time to dispose of waste in any container
  • Do not visit if you or anyone from your household have Covid-19 symptoms
  • Two people from the same household may leave their vehicle only to carry large items
  • SUEZ staff will not be able to help unload your vehicle
  • Other passengers must remain in the car
  • Wash your hands regularly

Wear Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

For health and safety reasons, PPE must be worn when recycling or disposing of your household waste at the waste transfer facilities. These are working industrial sites where council and high sided vehicles go.

Previously we were able to provide shared PPE for residents to borrow, however due to Covid-19 we are currently unable do to so. You must bring and wear your own.

If you do not wear the correct PPE, you will not be able to dispose of your waste and recycling.

You must wear:

  • a hard hat
  • safety glasses
  • a high visibility jacket or vest
  • safety gloves
  • safety boots or shoes (steel-capped)

Providing a proof of address

Please take your recent council tax bill, annual water bill or utility bill (gas, electric or landline telephone) relating to the property where the waste is from. You can bring a printed copy or show it on your phone. Please note mobile telephone bills are not accepted.

Providing hire vehicle documents

If you are using a hire vehicle please take your hire agreement documents with you.

How many times can I visit?

The number of times you can visit Greater Manchester Suez waste transfer facilities in a year, depends on the size of your vehicle:

  • Vehicles up to 3.5 tonne gross vehicle weight: 18 visits a year
    This includes pickup trucks, estate vans, city vans and chassis vans
  • Vans over 3.5 tonnes: 12 times a year

Why do I need a Permit?

  • The van, pick-up and trailer permit is part of the Trade Waste Access Restriction Policy which was introduced in February 2020. This was to tackle businesses illegally taking waste to the Recycling Centres to avoid paying waste disposal fees, costing your local councils an estimated £5 million a year.
  • The permit only applies to any van designed to carry cargo, pick-up trucks and cars towing a twin axle trailer.
  • Any vehicle (including vans) carrying trade waste are not permitted at the household waste recycling centre. The sites are for residents who wish to dispose of their household waste.
  • You can apply for a permit here

How many times can I visit?

  • The permit allows you to visit 18 times in a year (1stApril to 31st March).
  • If you are using a car towing a trailer, these 18 visits will also come out of the 52 visits a year you can make with your car

Recycling Centre guidance (Vehicles under 2m)

  • If you live in Greater Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside or Trafford) you can use any of our Recycling Centres free of charge for waste and recycling from your home. This includes waste from normal day-to-day household activities and DIY projects. If you live in Wigan, please use the recycling centres managed by Wigan council 
  • No trade waste
  • Sort you waste and recycling before you visit
  • No pedestrian access
  • Please observe site rules so not to block access for other road users

Opening Times

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Monday to Sunday
8am - 6pm

Contact Details

07881 386 707

In August, the recycling rate for Woodhouse Lane recycling centre was 61%

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