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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Recycling Centres reopening FAQs

What types of waste can I take to the Recycling Centres?

• General waste (including small bulky items)
• Cardboard
• Garden waste (no soil)
• Wood

This is a staged reopening and we will gradually introduce more recycling containers over the coming weeks. With social distancing measures in place, we will have a one in, one out system, so by only allowing 4 containers for every 2 cars, it will protect staff and visitors as this reduces the need for people to walk around on site to dispose of various items. It also allows the traffic to flow, reducing queuing times.

Important information about personal waste

If anyone in your household has Coronavirus symptoms, please dispose of your personal waste following Government guidance, this includes:

Why do I need to take proof of address?

The 20 Recycling Centres operated by Suez across Greater Manchester (excluding Wigan) are only for residents living in the council areas of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford  to dispose of their waste. Bordering council areas have their own facilities. 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. Please note mobile telephone bills, driving licenses and bank statements are not accepted.

My vehicle is a transit van. Where can I take my waste?

This is a staged reopening, with a limited number of facilities open. We are not able to accept waste from anyone in a transit van, even if it fits under the 2 metres height barrier, it is still not allowed. We are continually reviewing the situation and following Government issued guidelines. Please regularly check this website for updates.

My vehicle is over 2 metres high, can I use the entrance for high-sided vehicles?

This is a staged reopening, with a limited number of facilities open. Currently we are not allowing access for vehicles over 2m. We are continually reviewing the situation and following Government issued guidelines. Please regularly check our website for updates.

I have been doing some DIY at home. Can I bring the waste?

No, please store this waste at home. The Recycling Centres have opened for essential use only. Please think about others at this difficult time and only go to the Recycling Centres if you are struggling to cope with your bin collections and cannot store your waste safely at home. This is a staged reopening and will be continually reviewed following Government guidelines.

What should I do with electrical items?

Please store electrical items safely at home. Please do not put these in any of your wheelie bins at home as they can spark and cause fires. Please do not bring them to the Recycling Centre as you will be asked to take them home.

What can I do with my old fridge or other white goods?

Please store safely at home. Many retailers offer a recycling service and take back your old appliance when you buy a new one. There may be a charge for this service.

I have clothes and shoes that I want to donate. Are the charity banks on site open?

No, the charities that collect the charity banks are closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please store this items at home because charities will want your donation when they open again.

I have furniture to donate. Are the furniture reuse containers open?

No, the charities that collect the donated furniture are closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please store this items at home because they will want your donation when they open again.

Why are some Recycling Centres only open at the weekend?

Some of the Recycling Centres are located on a site where the council vehicles tip off the waste and recycling from your bin collections. By closing the Recycling Centres during the week means that your council’s bin collection vehicles can access the site during the week and avoid any delays in emptying your bins. This is a staged reopening and will be continually reviewed

Why have the Recycling Centres reopened?

Defra guidance around opening up the Recycling Centres has changed and we recognise that many of us are producing more waste whilst spending time at home, so to ease pressure on the council bin collections, it was agreed by the GMCA and the 9 councils to open some of the Recycling Centres. This is a staged reopening, gradually expanding the number of recycling containers on the sites.

Government legislation has now been updated so that a trip to the recycling centre is now regarded as an acceptable journey outside the home

Why is my local Recycling Centre still closed?

We had to keep some of the Recycling Centres closed because of:

How does the vehicle number plate system work?

We expect the Recycling Centres will be extremely busy. We are temporarily introducing an odd and even number plate system to help us manage traffic and reduce queuing.  This means you can only visit the Recycling Centres on certain days depending on your vehicle number plate.

How it works:

If the last number of your vehicle number plate is 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 this is an even number plate.

If the last number of your vehicle number plate is 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 this is an odd number plate.

Visit Recycling Centre opening times web page for more information.

What should I expect when I visit?

SUEZ have reorganised the layout of the Recycling Centres and introduced social distancing measures. Only a limited number of cars will be allowed on site at any one time with a one in, one out policy. For every 2 parking bays there will be 4 containers; one each for cardboard, wood, garden waste (excluding soil) and general waste including small bulky items.

Why can’t I walk into a Recycling Centre?

The Recycling Centres are very busy, and designed for vehicle-access, not pedestrian access. There are no safe access routes or pavements. Following social distance guidelines SUEZ operatives will not be able to take any waste from visitors.

This policy is also, to stop traders illegally using the Recycling Centres who sometimes park outside and carry in their business waste on foot.

Do the visit limits introduced in February still apply?

ANPR and CCTV will still be used to monitor the number of vehicle using the Recycling Centres. Any visits made before 1st April 2020 will not be counted towards your annual allowance for this year. Individual vehicle visit numbers will be monitored to identify any suspected trade waste abuse. Traders are not allowed to use the Recycling Centres.

All the Recycling Centres in Wigan can take all types of waste and recycling, why can’t you do the same?

Our Recycling Centres are much busier than the ones in Wigan with an average of 2,000 vehicles a day. In order to keep traffic moving and get people through the Recycling Centre quickly and safely as possible, you can only take general waste at the moment.

I am a trader and I normally use the weighbridges and pay for my waste disposal, are these open?

The weighbridges operated by SUEZ are still open. You can still use these if you have a registered account with SUEZ. For more information, please visit the business waste webpage.

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