Re-opening of Household Waste Recycling Centres

Reopening of household waste and recycling centres in Salford

Household waste and recycling centres in Salford are open. See below for opening days and times.

  • From 1 September Salford and Greater Manchester residents will be only allowed to bring five average size bags (900mm x 600mm) of rubble per visit. All businesses and traders, no matter how small they are, must pay for the disposal of their waste at licensed waste management facilities which are next to the recycling centres. Please see below frequently asked questions for more details on rubble.
  • For information on asbestos and its removal, please go to the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.
  • You can recycle used bikes through the Riding to Success scheme.
  • All Salford household waste and recycling centres are open but they have different opening hours. You must continue to social distance while using the sites and keep two metres away from others.
  • Do not visit if you are in self-isolation or have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
  • Please maintain social distancing measures from other users and staff.
  • You can take general waste, garden waste, wood, small bulky items, cardboard, rubble and scrap metal, carpets, waste electrical items, tyres, oil, batteries and gas bottles.
  • Mattresses can be taken to Lumns Lane and Salford Road centres. If you can’t get to one of the recycling centres with a mattress recycling container, you can take it to your nearest centre and put it in the general waste container. Please ask a member of staff who will advise you which container to put it in.
  • Bulky furniture can be taken to recycling centres.
  • All white goods can be recycled.
  • No food waste.
  • Clothes can be taken to all Salford recycling centres.
  • The centres accept plasterboard. These items must be disposed of in the waste transfer facilities and to access these sites, full PPE must be worn.
  • You can now use the recycling centres if you are in a van or have a trailer to dispose of household waste only. No trade waste is allowed. If you are a tradesperson with business waste, please use the waste transfer facilities to dispose of your waste. Full PPE must be worn when using these sites.
  • Vans under two metres are allowed access for residents to bring their household waste. Residents can now use a vehicle over two metres in height at Salford Household Waste Recycling centres. You must wear: high visibility vest, hard hat, safety gloves, safety glasses, safety shoes. The entrance for high-sided vehicles at the waste transfer facilities are now open for use.
  • Make sure you don’t block access for other road users. Please expect to queue for longer than usual due to social distancing restrictions in place.
  • Proof of address is no longer needed.
  • Two people from the same household are allowed to leave their vehicle to unload large items only. All other passengers must remain in their vehicle.
  • No pedestrian access.
  • Staff will not be able to help unload your vehicle.

The household waste and recycling centres that are currently open:

  • Lumns Lane Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Lumns Lane, Clifton M27 8LN (Opening hours - Monday to Sunday, 8am to 6pm)
  • Boysnope Wharf Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Liverpool Road, Irlam M30 7RH (Opening hours - Monday to Sunday, 8am to 6pm)
  • Cobden Street Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Cobden Street, Salford M6 6NA (Opening hours – Monday to Sunday, 8am to 6pm)
  • Salford/Bolton boundary - Salford Road Recycling Centre, Bolton, BL5 1DG (Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm; Sundays and Bank holidays 10am to 4pm)

Detailed information

General waste is waste that you can’t fit in your household bin such as nappies, plastic packaging, polystyrene and other household waste that can’t be recycled.

Please do not mix clothing or electrical items with your general waste, as they can damage the machines used to process the waste, potentially resulting in fires, delays, and costly repairs. For further information on other types of waste and recycling please read the frequently asked questions below.

Social distancing measures are there to protect you. Two people from the same household are allowed to leave their vehicle to unload large items only. All other passengers must remain in their vehicle. Staff will be unable to assist with unloading and no pedestrian access will be permitted.

Please limit your journeys and only travel if it is absolutely necessary.

Bin collections by the council for general waste continue as normal.

The visit limits introduced in February this year remain in place:

  • Cars can visit up to 52 times a year
  • Vans under 3.5 tonnes can visit 18 times a year
  • Vans over 3.5 tonnes can visit 12 times a year

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and CCTV is in place across all sites to monitor vehicle visits and there is strictly no trade waste accepted.

Any traders wanting to bring their waste should use the weighbridges at the recycling centres as trade waste isn’t accepted through the household waste recycling centres. A new contactless payment system is being introduced for traders who do not have an account at the recycling centres, and PPE must be worn at all times.

Frequently asked questions

Does rubble have to be in bags?

It doesn’t have to be in bags, it can be loose, but a member of staff may want to inspect how much you are disposing of and require information about where it came from. It would be advisable to bring proof of address as it might be required. You can only bring rubble if you have carried out the work at your home yourself.

Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our recycling centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote. More information on what to do with business waste is available on the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

Can I visit more than once a day with five bags of rubble each time?

Yes you can visit more than once a day as long as you are within your allocated number of visits. However a member of staff may want to inspect how much you are disposing of and require information about where it came from. It would be advisable to bring proof of address as it might be required. You can only bring rubble if you have carried out the work at your home yourself.

Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our recycling centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote. More information on what to do with business waste is available on the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

What is classed as rubble?

Rubble includes construction and demolition materials such as stone, rubble, clay, concrete, bricks, blocks, sand, tiles, paving slabs, and ceramic bathroom suites. You can only bring rubble if you have carried out the work at your home yourself.

Any waste produced by tradespeople or builders you hired to carry out improvements, repair or alterations to your home is classed as business waste and can’t be disposed of at any of our recycling centres. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote. More information on what to do with business waste is available on the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

What do I do with asbestos?

For information on asbestos and its removal, please go to the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

What types of waste can I take to recycling centres?

You can now take almost all waste to the recycling centres. Please see above and you can see a full list of what you can take on the Recycle for Greater Manchester website’s A-Z.

When will the recycling centres be open as normal?

All 20 Household Waste and Recycling Centres are now open and their opening times are above. You can also check the Recycle for Greater Manchester website for opening times as they are operating reduced hours. You must continue to social distance while using the sites and keep two metres away from other site users.

I have plasterboard to get rid of. Can I take it to a recycling centre?

Centres are now accepting plasterboard. These items must be disposed of in the waste transfer facilities and to access these sites, full PPE must be worn. This includes the following:

  • High-vis jacket or vest
  • Safety helmet
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety boots
  • Safety glasses

This should be your own PPE as due to coronavirus, centres are unable to supply any PPE to people using the waste transfer facilities.

What if I don’t want to buy my own PPE?

There are many licenced trade waste companies who will remove your waste for a charge.

Salford City Council offers a chargeable bulky waste collection service.

You could hire a skip to dispose of excess household waste.

What can I put in the rubble container?

This is for hardcore, soil and things like broken tiles that have been removed from your home by yourself and not by a trader. Trade waste is not allowed at the recycling centres.

What can I do with my old fridge or other white goods?

All white goods can now be recycled. Many retailers offer a recycling service and take back your old appliance when you buy a new one. 

What should I expect when I visit?

Recycling centre staff are wearing full face visors so they are now able to provide advice but they are not able to help you unload your vehicle. Please keep two metres apart from other site users and staff and wash your hands when you return home. Two people from the same household are allowed to leave their vehicle to unload large items only. All other passengers must remain in their vehicle.

I have a mattress to get rid of, do I have to take it to one of the five recycling centres?

No, if you can’t get to one of the recycling centres with a mattress recycling container, you can take it to your nearest centre and put it in the general waste container. Please ask a member of staff who will advise you which container to put it in.

From Monday 6 July, the processing of mattress recycling is being increased and there will be a rollout of covered mattress recycling containers to those sites that currently don’t have them. This will continue throughout July, except at over the wall sites.

I want to hire a vehicle, can I do this?

If the hire vehicle is under two metres high:
You can use a recycling centre. Please make sure you bring the hire documents with you.

If the hire vehicle is over two metres high:
You will need to use the entrance for high-sided vehicles at the waste transfer facilities.

You will need to bring your hire documents and proof of address such as your council tax or gas, electric or landline phone bill. These can be shown on your mobile phone. You will also have to wear your own PPE as we cannot lend it out at this time due to risk of spreading the coronavirus infection.

You must wear:

  • safety helmet,
  • high-vis jacket or vest
  • safety boots
  • safety glasses
  • protective gloves

Why can’t I walk into a Recycling Centre?

The recycling centres are very busy and designed for vehicle access, not pedestrian access. There are no safe access routes or pavements. Following social distancing guidelines, staff will not be able to take any waste from visitors.

This policy is also to stop traders illegally using the recycling centres who sometimes park outside and carry in their trade waste on foot.

Do the visit limits introduced in February still apply?

Yes they do still apply. ANPR and CCTV is still being used to monitor the number of vehicles using the recycling centres. Any visits made before 1 April 2020 will not be counted towards your annual allowance for this year. Individual vehicle visit numbers will be monitored to identify any suspected trade waste abuse.

Why are centres only reopening now? What’s changed?

Defra guidance around opening up the recycling centres has changed and we recognise that many of us are producing more waste whilst spending time at home, so to ease pressure on the council bin collections, it was agreed by the GMCA and the nine councils to open some of the recycling centres.

Who makes the decision to reopen centres?

The nine councils that make up the Greater Manchester Waste Authority agreed to reopen some recycling centres. The decision was taken in accordance with Government guidelines and is based on staffing, accessibility, and the agreement of traffic management plans with local authorities. Reopening is being carefully planned and managed, with the involvement of Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Why did Wigan open earlier? Why are they different?

Wigan Council opened their three recycling centres a couple of weeks ago. Wigan are a unitary authority which means they are responsible for their own collections and waste disposal, so the decision to open was entirely their own.

Who is overseeing the new system, and how?

SUEZ have reorganised the layout of the recycling centres and introduced social distancing measures. Only two vehicles will be allowed on site at any one time. Residents should leave the site as quickly as possible to allow the next vehicle in.

Highways officers will patrol the roads surrounding the recycling centres to guide the public. Traffic management such as cones, traffic signs, diversions and one way systems will be implemented to help the flow of traffic. If the queue becomes too long, residents may be turned away and asked to return at a later time. The latest information on queues and site closures will be updated on the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

I queued at my local site, only to be turned away because it was too busy. Why won’t you just reopen the sites fully?

The sites were not designed to be operated with social distancing in place. Opening fully goes against the government advice over what is classed as an essential visit and it would not be possible to keep visitors safe.

Why are some sites only open at the weekend?

Some of the Recycling Centres are located on a site where the council vehicles tip off the waste and recycling from your bin collections. By closing the Recycling Centres during the week means your council's bin collection vehicles can access the site during the week and avoid any delays in emptying your bins. This is a staged reopening and will be continually reviewed.

What can I take to the recycling centre?

You can take general waste (including small bulky items), wood, garden waste (excluding soil), cardboard, rubble, scrap metal, carpets, waste electrical items, tyres, oil, batteries and gas bottles.

General waste is waste that you can’t fit in your household bin such as nappies, plastic packaging, polystyrene and other household waste that can’t be recycled.

All white goods can now be recycled. Mattresses can be taken to Lumns Lane and Salford Road centres only.

Large bulky furniture can be taken to recycling centres.

Please do not mix clothing or electrical items in with general waste, they can damage the machines used to process the waste, potentially resulting in fires, delays, and costly repairs.

What should I do with electrical items?

Please do not bring any electrical items to the recycling centre, please store them safely at home. Please do not put electrical items in any of your wheelie bins at home, they can cause fires and damage to waste sorting equipment.

The recycling processor we use to recycle electrical items is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and not accepting any recycling from us.

At the recycling centres in Wigan, they can take all types of recycling, why can’t you do the same?

The recycle centres in Greater Manchester are much busier than the ones in Wigan with on average 2,000 visitors a day. In order to keep traffic moving and get people through the sites safely, you can only take general waste. We will review the situation and consider adding more containers for other types of recycling if we can do this safely without adding to the traffic queues.

I am a trader and I normally use the weighbridges and pay for my waste disposal, are these open?

Yes, the weighbridges operated by SUEZ are still open as these sites are where the council vehicles deliver the waste and recycling collected from household bins. They are currently accepting trade waste, but only to businesses who have trade credit account registered with SUEZ. To protect staff, we can’t currently take card payments at the weighbridges. These are separate sites to the household waste recycling centres. All traders must wear PPE. For more information, go to the Recycle for Greater Manchester business waste page.

Why is my recycling centre still closed?

We had to keep some of the recycling centres closed because of:

  • staff shortages
  • the layout and size of certain recycling centres make social distancing difficult
  • queuing cars would cause a problem on main roads

Do the visit limits introduced in February still apply?

Yes ANPR and CCTV will still be used to monitor the number of vehicles using the site. The number of visits allowed per year is based on vehicle types and is reset on 1 April 2020 to 52 for cars and 18 for residents using vans. Individual vehicle visit numbers will be monitored to identify any suspected trade waste abuse. Traders are still not allowed to use these sites.

Can I bring other non-specified waste if I put it in a black bin bag?

No, one of the reasons why we are only allowing the specified types of waste because many of the recycling reprocessors that we use are closed due to the coronavirus. If you do hide other items in black bin liners there is a possibility that it may damage the machines that shred and compact the general waste, which may result in closing the sites.

I have clothes and shoes that I want to donate, are the charity banks on site open?

Yes, they're now open.

I have furniture to donate. Are the furniture reuse containers open?

Yes they are. A full list of sites with reuse containers is on the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

Why has the car number plate entry system stopped?

As we have seen an improvement in queuing times at the recycling centres, we have stopped the car number plate entry system. You can visit any of the open recycling centres on any day but please check opening times as they are operating reduced hours. 

Important information about personal waste

If anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, please dispose of your personal waste following government guidance, this includes:

  • nappies and sanitary products
  • tissues and used paper towels
  • wet wipes

Can I visit if I’m in van or have a trailer?

Yes you can now use the recycling centres if you are in a van or have a trailer to dispose of household waste only. No trade waste is allowed.

If you are a tradesperson with business waste, please use the waste transfer facilities to dispose of your waste. Please note full PPE must be worn when using these sites. This must include the following:

  • High-vis vest
  • Safety hat
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety boots
  • Safety glasses

These can be purchased from most DIY stores. It has always been a requirement to wear PPE at the waste transfer facilities, however due to the risk of spreading coronavirus we are no longer able to supply it.

My vehicle is more than two metres high, can I use the entrance for high-sided vehicles?

Yes the entrance for high-sided vehicles at the waste transfer facilities are now open for use. Full PPE must be worn. This must include:

  • High-vis jacket or vest
  • Safety helmet
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety boots
  • Safety glasses

In the past we have been able to provide the public PPE items, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic and risk of spreading the infection, we are no longer able to do this.

If you do not wear full PPE, you will not be allowed access to the site.

This page was last updated on 28 August 2020

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