The GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) are responsible for the management and disposal of municipal waste from Greater Manchester (formerly known as Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority). We handle around 4% of the UK’s 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 operate as a unitary authority and administers its own disposal arrangements).

Each of the councils are responsible for the collection of household waste. GMCA receives funding from a levy on the 9 Greater Manchester local authorities to pay for the processing and disposal of this waste. The levy funds the operation of a network of waste management and recycling facilities in Greater Manchester including:

  • 20 Household Waste and Recycling Centres
  • 7 Transfer Loading Stations where council vehicles deliver household waste and recycling
  • A Materials Recovery Facility where mixed recycling is sorted
  • 5 Mechanical Treatment and Reception Facilities where general waste is prepared and delivered to the Energy Recovery Facility in Runcorn
  • A Thermal Recovery Facility
  • 3 Renew retail shops
  • 1 Renew Hub

The GMCA Waste and Resources team oversee the operation of the facilities through contract arrangements with Suez Recycling and Recovery UK.

Greater Manchester Recycling and Landfill Diversion rates

The recycling rate for waste from households in Greater Manchester in 2020/21 was 47.7%.

The landfill diversion rate in 2020/21 was 98.1%.

In support of these increasing the recycling and landfill diversion rates, behavioural change and education campaigns are delivered under our public-facing brand, Recycle for Greater Manchester. recycleforegreatermanchester.com

In partnership with our contractor, SUEZ, the GMCA Waste and Resources team are committed to delivering an extensive social value plan to create value from Greater Manchester’s waste.

Budget for 2022/23

Waste & Resources 2021/22 £m 2022/23 £m Change £m
Operating Costs 105.023 107.872 2.849
Operating Financing 48.830 50.614 1.784
Office costs 6.190 6.318 0.128
Non-Operational Financing 2.629 0.510 (2.119)
Total Budget 162.672 165.314 2.642
Use of Reserves (0.270) (0.474) (0.204)
Levy 162.402 164.840 2,438

Further information

Recycling for Greater Manchester website

Telephone: 0161 778 7110

Email: Gmwaste@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk