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

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How to use your Recycling Centre

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. You are not allowed to dispose of any business waste. This includes:

Vehicles are monitored to make sure the Recycling Centres are only being used for household waste. Action will be taken against anyone found to be using the Recycling Centres for business waste.

Before you visit a Recycling Centre

Sort your waste and recycling 

There are over 22 containers at your local Recycling Centre for different types of waste. To help us recycle as much as possible, please separate your waste and recycling into different types:

Visit our A-Z recycling guide for more information.

Check the height of your vehicle

All of the Recycling Centres have a height barrier at the entrance.

If you are using a vehicle is over 2 metres high such as a hire vehicle, trailer or SUV you will need to use our recycling sites where there is an entrance for council and high-sided vehicles. Use the postcode search on the Where’s my nearest recycling centre? page and select over 2 metres high to find your nearest site.

Check opening times

Use the postcode search on Where’s my nearest recycling centre? . Select whether your vehicle is under over or under 2 metres high.

Loading your vehicle

When you load your vehicle, use bags and boxes to separate different types of items so you can easily put them in the right container when you arrive at the Recycling Centre.

When you arrive at the Recycling Centre


The Recycling Centres operate a one way system, expect queuing during busy periods.

Speed limit

The speed limit at all Recycling Centres is 5 miles per hour.


Reverse park in to the parking bays, put your handbrake on and do not leave your engine running.

Personal belongings

Make sure you put your personal belongings somewhere safe, if you accidentally drop your keys, mobile phone or wallet in one of the containers, it is very difficult for staff to retrieve it for you.

Ask a member of staff

If you are unsure where your items go, please ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.

Leaving the Recycling Centre

Close your boot

Make sure you close all your doors including your boot to avoid damage to your vehicle.

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