Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice:

All Recycling Centres are closed


Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

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Improvements to your Recycling Centre

We are making improvements to your Recycling Centres

The key changes are:

From 10th February 2020, the number of times you can visit the Recycling Centre in a year, depends on the size of your vehicle.

Size of vehicle Number of visits Vehicle types
Cars and cars with single axle trailers52 visits a yearDisability-adapted vehicles, SUVs under 2 metres high, People carriers with multiple seats under 2 metres high, bicycles, cargo bikes and bikes with a cargo trailer
Cars with a double axle trailer18 visits a year
Vehicles up to 3.5 tonne gross vehicle weight18 visits a yearPick up trucks, estate vans, city vans and chassis vans
Vehicles above 3.5 tonne gross vehicle weight12 visits a year

To help us monitor number of visits, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and CCTV will be used.

The ANPR boards have been installed at all of our Recycling Centres but number of visits will only be recorded from February 2020.

Why are you limiting my number of visits?

We know that some traders and businesses are illegally using the Recycling Centres. This illegal activity is costing your local council money because businesses are required to pay to dispose of their waste.  By limiting visits and using ANPR, we can identify who the traders and businesses are and take appropriate action.

What happens if I go over the limit?

Recycling Centre staff will be alerted if you are close to your visit limit and checks will be made to make sure you are a resident living in Greater Manchester (excluding Wigan) and the waste and recycling is from your own home.

When happens if someone is suspected of disposing of trade waste?

When a visitor is suspected of disposing of trade waste, we will check the type of waste they have in their vehicle.  We will provide them information about how and where to dispose of trade waste safely, legally and in the best way for the environment.

How will you prevent further fly tipping?

 We are working together with the  council enforcement teams across Greater Manchester to monitor fly tipping. They will investigate and prosecute where appropriate.

I visit the Recycling Centre more than once a week because I can’t fit all my general waste in my bin, what happens when I use up all my 52 visits?

If you think you will go over the limit, we advise you speak to your council’s waste and recycling team for advice on how to manage your waste. Most householders visit Recycling Centres around 12 times per year.

Is there a limit of visits if I use a hire vehicle?

Yes, hire vehicles, whether vans or cars will have the same limits. If you are using a hire vehicle, please bring your hire documents with you, as well as proof of address.

I’m doing DIY on my house so I need to visit more frequently than once a week, what should I do?

You can visit more than once a week as long as you don’t go over 52 visits in a year.

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.

Also, this is to stop traders  illegally using the Recycling Centres  who park outside and carry in their business waste on foot.

I don’t have a car, can I still take my waste and recycling to a Recycling Centre?

Yes, you can still take your waste and recycling to our Recycling Centres but please hand it to a member of staff at the entrance who will put it in the right container for you.

For more information:

Recycle for Greater Mancheste Household Waste Recycling Centre Leaflet

Recycle for Greater Manchester