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 hope to start work later in the year. The recycling centre will have to close for 9-12 months while the construction work is undertaken.
Before the planning application was submitted, we carried out consultation with local residents to gather feedback on the plans. Once a programme of work has been agreed, we will update local residents through a series of events and meetings; these will be confirmed in due course, but will take place well in advance of the site closing.
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.
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 collected by Saica for processing in Trafford.
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.
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.
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