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 for 7 years.
Household waste and recycling is collected by the local council using a standard 4 bin system that is the same across the 9 local authorities. (Paper and card, Mixed recycling, food and garden waste and general waste) Once the residents bin has been emptied, this waste and recycling is delivered to one of the transfer loading stations. The wagon goes over a weighbridge, tips off and the waste or recycling is bulked up and sent for processing and recycling depending on the type of material.
Mixed recycling goes to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where it is sorted and separated into plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans and foil and steel cans. These are then sent to recycling facilities to be made into new items.
Paper and card is sent to the paper mill in Trafford operated by SAICA.
Food and garden waste is sent to In-Vessel Composting facilities to be turned into compost
General waste goes through the Mechanical Treatment and Reception (MTR) facility where metal is removed, it is then compacted and loaded onto a train which goes to the Energy from Waste facility in Runcorn.
SUEZ also operate the 20 household waste recycling centres across Greater Manchester.
Waste Composition Analysis 2019
GMCA regularly carries out a waste compositional analysis study on Greater Manchester’s waste and recycling to inform our waste strategy. The results of the 2019 study are listed below.
Please note: we are currently working to make these documents fully accessible.