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

Aerial view of a Household Waste Recycling Centre  View of containers at a Household Waste Recycling Centre  View of containers and parking spaces at a Household Waste Recycling Centre

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 processed here. For information on dealing with 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.

An aerial view of the Mechanical Treatment and Reception Facilities at Bredbury.

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.

Mixed recycling speeds past on a conveyer belt inside the Materials Recovery Facility  A recycling operative in hi-vis loads bales of compacted aluminium cans onto a pallet

Paper and card

Paper and card is deposited in the tipping hall, where it is bailed and then collected by Saica for processing in Trafford. 

A group of school children stand in front of a large pile of paper and card in the tipping hall  Close up of a pile of paper and card with group of visitors in hi-vis jackets standing in the background

An Energy Recovery Facility

We have a contract with Viridor's Energy Recovery Facility at Runcorn which turns household 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.

Raikes Lane Energy from Waste facility takes residual waste from Bolton to be turned into energy.

An aerial view of the Energy Recovery Facility in Runcorn

Education Centre and Solar Farm

Our education centre welcomes visits from local schools, community groups and industry professionals. 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.

 

An aerial view of a large network of solar panels at the Bolton Solar Farm  The classroom at the education centre, with tables and chairs, large television screens and decorative wallpaper  A row of wall-mounted iPads and headphones and a large television screen at the education centre

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