20 Household Waste Recycling Centres
Our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are available for Greater Manchester residents to recycle, donate or dispose of their unwanted household items. Trade waste is NOT accepted at the HWRC sites.
Residents wishing to use their own or a hired van to access the HWRCs must apply for a van permit.
Reliance Street HWRC redevelopment
The Reliance St recycling centre will be redeveloped to bring it into line with the other 19 sites across Greater Manchester. This will offer a wider range of recycling opportunities and an improved layout which will allow easier access to containers and cages, it will also ensure that the site does not need to be closed when full containers are swapped with empty ones.
The redevelopment will also provide an opportunity to install a Renew shop which sells pre-loved household items at affordable prices.
Now that we’ve had the planning application approved, GMCA will tender and appoint a suitable contractor and will start work in Spring 2024. The recycling centre will have to close for 9-12 months while the construction work is undertaken.
8 Transfer Loading Stations
The Transfer Loading Stations are used by the nine district councils to bring household waste and recycling for processing.
Trade and business waste can also be delivered here. For information on trade waste, visit Recycle for Greater Manchester.
4 Mechanical Treatment and Reception Facilities
The Mechanical Treatment and Reception Facilities are used to process non-recyclable household waste. Waste is shredded and compacted before it is loaded onto a train, which takes it to the Energy Recovery Facility at Runcorn to be incinerated. The heat and steam generated is used to power the INOVYN facility.
A Materials Recovery Facility
The Materials Recovery Facility separates plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, foil, food tins, drinks cans and aerosols. It is then bulked up and bailed ready for the recycling process.
Paper and card
Paper and card is deposited in the tipping hall, where it is bailed and then delivered to the Saica paper mill in Trafford for recycling.
An Energy Recovery Facility
Household waste goes by rail to Viridor's Energy Recovery Facility at Runcorn which turns the waste into energy used to power the INOVYN facility. By using the heat and power from the facility, INOVYN now takes around 20% less energy from the National Grid.
The Raikes Lane Energy from Waste facility takes household waste from Bolton to be turned into energy.
Education Centre and Solar Farm
We have three education centre where we welcome visits from local schools, community groups and industry professionals to go behind the scenes at the MRF and the Renew Hub. We also offer tours around our Solar Farm in Bolton.
The solar farm was built in 2015. This 2.8 hectare site has 8400 individual solar panels, and has the ability to generate 2.1 MW of electricity. The power generated is used on-site and exported to the national grid.
Closed Landfill sites
We manage four closed landfill sites, ensuring appropriate controls are in place to mitigate harm to people, property and the environment.
Maintenance Activities include:
- Management and monitoring Leachate and gas
- Methane Stripping Plant (MSP) operation
- Surface and boundary management
- Delivery of landfill capital projects