Re-opening of Household Waste Recycling Centres

Reopening of household waste and recycling centres in Salford

Some household waste and recycling centres in Salford are now open but over a shorter period. See below for opening days and times.

  • 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.
  • From 13 June you will be able to take carpets, waste electrical items, tyres, oil, batteries and gas bottles.
  • No mattresses, no large bulky items of furniture, no white goods.
  • The odd and even car number plate entry system to centres will be stopping from Saturday 6 June.
  • Cars, MPVs and small vans only. No transit type vans or vehicles with trailers.
  • Make sure you don’t block access for other road users.
  • Take a proof of address (print or online) such as your most recent council tax bill or utility bill (gas, electric or landline telephone) relating to the property where the waste is from. Mobile phone bills and driver’s licence are not accepted as proof of address.
  • If there are passengers in the vehicle, only one person can leave the 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 – Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 6pm. Closed Monday to Friday)
  • Salford/Bolton boundary - Salford Road Recycling Centre, Bolton, BL5 1DG (Opening hours: Monday to Friday – closed; Saturday: 8am to 6pm; Sunday: 10am to 4pm)

Detailed information

Bagged 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.

You will need to take proof of address with you such as a council tax, gas or electricity bill.

Social distancing measures are there to protect you. Only one person will be allowed out of their vehicle to dispose of their waste. Staff will be unable to assist with unloading and no pedestrian access will be permitted.

You will only be able to visit on certain dates dependent on whether your vehicle has an odd or even number plate. The rota for this system is below.

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

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

Number plate traffic system rota

The traffic control car number plate entry system at centres, based on odd and even number plates, will be stopping from Saturday 6 June. Social distancing will still be in place.

Check your number plate graphic giving examples for odd and even numbers. Odd numbers: GJ25 HJK (odd number is 5), Y247 NDF (odd number is 7), PRIV8 A3 (odd number is 3). Even numbers: RL34 JGS (even number is 4), V952 GHD (even number is 2), PRIV8 A0 (even number is 0)

Number plates with the last number ending with odd numbers - one, three, five, seven and nine - will be allowed on the days shown below, while number plates with the last number ending with even numbers - zero, two, four, six and eight - will be allowed on the others:

Saturday 30 May to Friday 5 June

Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
30 May 2020 31 May 2020 1 June 2020 2 June 2020 3 June 2020 4 June 2020 5 June 2020
Even Odd Even Odd Even Even Odd

Frequently asked questions

When will the recycling centres be open as normal?

We are working hard to reopen all recycling centres fully by the end of June but this depends on having enough staff available and all recycling reprocessors being open.

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?

Please store safely at home. Many retailers offer a recycling service and take back your old appliance when you buy a new one. There may be a charge for this service. You could arrange a bulky waste collection from the council.

What should I expect when I visit?

All the smaller recycling containers and cages are closed, only the larger bulk containers/skips are available. Only one person will be allowed out of the vehicle to unload and staff are not able to help you unload your vehicle, although they will be able to advise you which container to out your waste in. Please keep two metres apart from other site users and staff and wash your hands when you return home.

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 business waste on foot.

Do the visit limits introduced in February 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. Traders are not allowed to use the Recycling Centres.

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 are 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.

What can I take to the recycling centre?

Currently you can take general waste (including small bulky items), wood, garden waste (excluding soil) and cardboard. From 30 May you can also take rubble and scrap metal.

From 13 June you will be able to take carpets, waste electrical items, tyres, oil, batteries and gas bottles.

Bagged 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.

No mattresses, no large bulky items of furniture, no white goods.

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 are some recycling centre still closed?

Due to staff shortages linked to coronavirus, and because the layout of certain sites make social distancing difficult and increase the likelihood of queuing cars causing a problem on public highways, we have not been able to open some sites. Please check on the Recycle for Greater Manchester website for up-to-date details on which sites are open. As soon as circumstances allow, we will reopen all recycling centres as normal.

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?

No, the charities that collect the charity banks are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please store these items at home because charities will want your donation when they open again.

I have furniture to donate are the furniture reuse container open?

No, the charities that collect the donated furniture are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please store these items at home because they will want your donation when they open again.

Why do I need to take proof of address?

The 20 recycling centres operated by Suez across Greater Manchester (excluding Wigan) are only for residents living in the council areas of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford to dispose of their waste. Bordering council areas have their own facilities. 

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 

My vehicle is a transit van. Where can I take my waste?

This is a staged reopening, with a limited number of facilities open. We are not able to accept waste from anyone in a transit van, even if it fits under the two metres height barrier, it is still not allowed. We are continually reviewing the situation and following government issued guidelines. 

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

This is a staged reopening, with a limited number of facilities open. Currently we are not allowing access for vehicles over 2m. We are continually reviewing the situation and following government issued guidelines.

This page was last updated on 4 June 2020

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