North West of England: local restrictions

Recycling Centres are open as normal

  • Do not visit if you or anyone from your household have Covid-19 symptoms
  • Stay two metres (six feet) away from other visitors and staff at all times
  • Only one person at a time to dispose of waste in any container
  • Only one person to access a walkway/gantry at a time
  • Two people from the same household may leave their vehicle only to carry large items
  • Other passengers must remain in the car
  • Wash your hands regularly
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Recycling Centres reopening FAQs

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

You can now take almost all waste to the Recycling Centres.

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

Important information about personal waste

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

What is not accepted at the Recycling Centres?

You can take household asbestos or plasterboard to a waste transfer facility.

When will the Recycling Centres be open as normal?

All 20 Recycling Centres are now open but opening times vary. You must continue to social distance whilst using the sites and keep 2 metres away from other site users.

Do I need to take proof of address when I visit a Recycling Centre?

No.

Why has the number plate system stopped?

As we have seen an improvement in queuing times at the Recycling Centres, we have stopped the number plate registration system. You can visit any of the open Recycling Centres on any day but please check opening times as they are operating reduced hours.

Can I visit if I’m in van or have a trailer?

Yes you can now use the Recycling Centres if you are in a van or have a trailer to dispose of household waste only. No trade waste is allowed.

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

If you have a vehicle over 2 metres high, you can visit a waste transfer facility to dispose of your waste and recycling.

You must bring and wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and provide a proof of address when you visit.  For more information, visit how to dispose of household waste in a vehicle over 2 metres high.

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

No, the company that collects clothes and shoes are still closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. You can now donate these items to your local charity shops if they are open.

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

Yes, furniture reuse containers are available at the following Recycling Centres:

What should I expect when I visit?

Recycling Centre staff are wearing full face visors so they are now able to provide advice but they are NOT able to help you unload your vehicle. Please keep 2 metres apart from other site users and staff. Two people from the same household are allowed to leave their vehicle to unload large items only. All other passengers much remain in their vehicle. Please wash your hands when you return home.

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 distancing 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?

Yes they do still apply. ANPR and CCTV is still be used to monitor the number of vehicles 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.

I have a mattress to get rid of, do I have to take it to one of the 5 Recycling Centres?

No, if you can’t get to one of the Recycling Centres with a mattress recycling container, you can take it to your nearest Recycling Centre and put it in the general waste container. Please ask a member of the SUEZ staff who will advise you which container to put it in.

I want to hire a vehicle, can I do this?

Yes, if the hire vehicle is under 2 metres high you can visit a Recycling Centre.Please make sure you bring the hire documents with you. You can only bring household waste, no trade waste is allowed

If the hire vehicle is over 2 metres high you can visit a waste transfer facility to dispose of your waste and recycling. You must bring and wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and provide a proof of address when you visit.  For more information, visit how to dispose of household waste in a vehicle over 2 metres high.

How do I get rid of asbestos and plasterboard safely?

You can take household asbestos or plasterboard to a waste transfer facility.

For more information, visit:

Asbestos page

Plasterboard page

What if I don’t want to buy my own PPE?

There are many licenced trade waste companies who will remove your waste for a charge. Please visit Dsposal. You could also contact your local council as many offer a bulky waste collection service or hire a skip to dispose of excess household waste.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

Following the Government announcement that the wearing of face coverings will become mandatory from 24th July in shops and supermarkets, we can confirm that the use of face coverings will not be enforced when visiting the Household Recycling Centres in Greater Manchester, as these are outdoor open spaces. We do ask visitors to observe the site rules:

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