• Household waste recycling centres to reopen from this week, for bagged general waste only and for residents in Greater Manchester with proof of address
  • Opening times will vary, and social distancing measures will be in place to protect visitors
  • Traffic control system will limit visitor numbers
  • Visit www.recycleforgreatermanchester.com for the latest information on your local sites.

A NUMBER of household waste recycling centres across Greater Manchester will reopen from Saturday 2 May, with some restrictions and new measures in place to protect the health and wellbeing of residents and staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

At last week’s Greater Manchester COVID-19 Emergency Committee, the nine councils that make up the Greater Manchester Waste Authority agreed to reopen some recycling centres. The decision was taken in accordance with Government guidelines and is based on staffing, accessibility, and the agreement of traffic management plans with local authorities. Reopening is being carefully planned and managed, with the involvement of Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Among the criteria being taken into account are staffing arrangements at waste disposal facilities operated by SUEZ, with more staff deployed to handle the increased volume of waste and recycling picked up during household bin collections.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “I want to thank the people of Greater Manchester for their patience while these facilities have been closed. At every stage of this process we’ve taken decisions based on the official guidance, which has been about limiting non-essential journeys and reinforcing the Stay At Home message.

“Now that the Government guidance has been updated, we have taken a collective decision to reopen some of our centres. There will be localised traffic management in place to control queuing, with each council taking steps to ensure that centres can reopen and operate safely.

“While we are reopening centres, this is not a return to normal. We would ask the public to limit their journeys and only travel to a household waste and recycling centre if it is absolutely essential to do so. If the situation becomes unmanageable we may have to reassess this decision, but that is not something we want to do and, I hope, will not become necessary. Let’s everyone stay safe and look after each other at this difficult time.”

The recycling centres that will reopen, and their opening times, are:

Council area

Recycling centre

Opening times

Bolton

Salford Road, Bolton

Saturday 8am to 6pm

Sunday 10 to 4pm

Closed Monday to Friday

Hurstwood Court, Raikes Lane

Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm

Bury

Every St, Bury

Closed

Cemetery Road, Radcliffe

 

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm

Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm

Manchester

Longley Lane, Sharston

Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm

Closed Monday to Friday

Sandfold Lane, Manchester

Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm

Reliance Street, Manchester

Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm

Closed Monday to Friday

Oldham

Arkwright St, Oldham

Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm

Rochdale

Chichester St, Rochdale

Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm

Closed Monday to Friday

Spring Vale, Middleton

Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm

Salford

Lumns Lane, Clifton

Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm

Boysnope Wharf, Irlam

Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm

Cobden St, Salford

Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm

Closed Monday to Friday

Stockport

Adswood Road, Cheadle Hulme

Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm

Bredbury Parkway, Bredbury

Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm

Closed Monday to Friday

Rose Hill, Marple

Closed

Tameside

Bayley Street, Stalybridge

Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm

Ash Road, Droylsden

Closed

Trafford

Chester Road, Stretford

Closed

Woodhouse Lane, Altrincham

Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm

 

In order to control the number of vehicles accessing the centres at any one time, a traffic control system will be introduced based on odd and even number plates. It will work on a four week rota to limit the amount of traffic visiting the centres and limit the potential for staff and the public to be exposed to the virus.

Number plates on which the last number is odd - one, three, five, seven and nine - will be allowed on the days shown below, while number plates where the last number is even - zero, two, four, six and eight - will be allowed on the others:

Week 1

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
02/05/2020 03/05/2020 04/05/2020 05/05/2020 06/06/2020 07/05/2020 08/05/2020
Even Odd Even Odd Even Odd Even

 

Week 2

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
09/05/2020 10/05/2020 11/05/2020 12/05/2020 13/06/2020 14/05/2020 15/05/2020
Even Odd Even Odd Odd Odd Even

 

These arrangements are subject to change, and residents should visit www.recycleforgreatermanchester.com for the latest information.

Centres will be accepting bagged general waste only, and will be open to Greater Manchester residents who show proof of address, such as a council tax, gas, or electricity bill. Social distancing measures will be in place, and the number of cars allowed on to the sites will be limited, with one person allowed out of their vehicle to dispose of their waste. Staff will be unable to assist with unloading and no pedestrian access will be permitted.

Doorstep collections for general waste continue as normal throughout all boroughs, and people are advised to visit recycling centres only if absolutely necessary.

Cllr Andrew Western, GMCA Lead for the Green City-Region, said: “The vast majority of people across our city-region have followed the Government’s advice, staying at home to help limit the spread of this virus and help frontline NHS staff and carers do their jobs. The new measures in place are part of that same effort, so we’re asking people to be sensible and help us reopen in the safest way possible.

“I want to thank all of the waste collection teams who’ve adapted to this current situation and continued to provide a bin collection service to our residents throughout this period. We recognise that there have been challenges, but there’s no excuse for illegally disposing of waste and creating a potential health or environmental hazard.”

Information about how to manage and dispose of waste, and the latest updates on household waste recycling centres, can be found at www.recycleforgreatermanchester.com.


Article Published: 28/04/2020 14:44 PM