All household waste recycling centres closed

Date published: 24 March 2020

All household waste recycling centres in Greater Manchester have been closed with immediate effect, following the Prime Minister’s briefing on Monday (23 March).

The sites are operated by waste contractor Suez which will still be operating the waste treatment sites where council vehicles deliver waste and recycling from household bin collections.

Rochdale council has confirmed regular bin collections will be taking place as planned.

The GMCA has said over 46,000 people visited the 20 centres across the region over the weekend, an average of around 2,300 people at each site.

Much of the waste that goes through the recycling centres is bulky waste (large items such as furniture, wood and metals) and garden waste.  People should hold onto these items until the sites reopen. Do not put any electrical items in any of your bins at home.

People are asked to compost grass cuttings and hedge trimmings where possible, and if you can’t, to keep garden waste until the centres reopen.

Please do not leave any waste outside the recycling centres – leaving waste outside the recycling centres or anywhere else is classed as fly tipping and is a criminal offence for which people will be prosecuted.

The GMCA will be reviewing the situation and will open the Recycling Centres as soon as it is safe to do so and following government advice.

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