Height barriers at recycling centres to increase

Date published: 14 February 2011

To maximise recycling rates in Greater Manchester, the height barrier at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will increase to 6ft 6inches (2 metres).

The height is currently set at 6ft 1inch and the increase will enable residents with People Carriers and large domestic vehicles, plus many who have adapted vehicles, access to the recycling facilities, which will not only help increase recycling rates, but reduce residents’ journey times.

This modified height restriction, coupled with the installation of the new number plate recognition technology and the meet and greet policy (a site operative meets and greets residents’ at the entrance of the site) will still deter potential trade waste abuse, which will ultimately protect the public purse and ensure we are getting the best value for Council tax payers.

Residents will benefit from the many recycling containers and new re-use containers available at the HWRCs for all different types of materials, varying from kettles, light bulbs to TVs. The decision to increase the size of the barrier has set the necessary work in motion and it is hoped that height barrier increases can all be made in April 2011.

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