Waste and Resources Team
GMCA Waste and Resources Team is responsible for the management and disposal of municipal waste from Greater Manchester (formerly known as Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority). We handle around 4 per cent of the UKs municipal waste. This is approximately 1.1 million tonnes of waste and recycling each year from over a million households from the metropolitan districts of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford (Wigan operates as a unitary authority and administers its own disposal arrangements).
We are the largest waste disposal authority in the country, and became part of the GMCA in 2018 as part of the devolution agreement. GMCA receives funding from a levy on the nine Greater Manchester local authorities. The levy funds the operation of a network of waste and recycling management facilities in Greater Manchester.
Working in partnership with SUEZ UK
Following an 18 month procurement process, on 31st May 2019 GMCA signed new operating contracts with SUEZ for the management of Greater Manchester’s waste facilities. The two contracts include the operation of 41 facilities over 24 sites.
SUEZ UK developed an extensive set of 54 social value commitments which include three new Renew shops which opened in July 2021 on the household waste recycling centres. The shops sell pre-loved household items, and the money goes to two good causes; the Greater Manchester’s Mayor charity and the R4GM Community fund.
The Renew Hub at Trafford Park is the UK’s largest, newest and most unique reuse operation in terms of opportunity and scale. Hundreds of tonnes of pre-loved items which would have otherwise gone to waste are brought to the Hub for repair and resale, with all of the money going back to the local community.
Waste Committee Meetings
The waste and recycling committee oversees the effective management of the waste disposal contracts. View the meetings here.
To make a complaint, please visit our Complaints page.
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