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Manchester Recycling Centre

29 December 2022

Recycling centre and rubbish tip information for Manchester residents

Are you looking for information about your local Manchester recycling centre? Welcome, you're in the right place! In this handy guide for householders you’ll find full details about all the tips in Greater Manchester. The guide includes an interactive map, opening hours, accepted items and more.



There are twenty recycling centres throughout Greater Manchester. They are run by Recycle For Greater Manchester (R4GM) and waste company Suez, which is how some of the recycling centres appear in Google. Here are their addresses by area:

Altrincham - Woodhouse Lane, WA14 5TB

Bolton - Salford Road, BL5 1DG

(Central) Bolton - Hurtswood Court, BL3 2NH

Bredbury - Bredbury Parkway, SK6 2SN

Bury - Every Street, BL9 5BE

Cheadle Hulme - Adswood Road, SK8 5QY

Clifton - Lumns Lane, M27 8LN

Droylsden - Ash Road, M43 6QU

Eccles - Boysnope Wharf, M30 7RH

Failsworth - Reliance Street, M40 3EZ

Levenshulme - Sandfold Lane, M19 3BJ

Marple - Rose Hill, SK6 6HU

Middleton - Spring Vale, M24 2HR

Oldham - Arkwright Street, OL9 9LZ

Radcliffe - Cemetery Road, M26 4FT

Rochdale - Chichester Street, OL16 2AU

Salford - Cobden Street, M6 6NA - our guide to Cobden Street Recycling Centre here.

Sharston - Longley Lane, M22 4RQ - read our full guide to Longley Lane Recycling Centre here.

Stalybridge - Bayley Street, SK15 1PZ

Stretford - Chester Road, M32 9AU


Location map of Manchester recycling centre sites:

Here is our interactive map showing the locations of all 20 sites. Toggle the map to see where your nearest recycling centre is.


Opening hours

Manchester recycling centre opening hours are Monday - Sunday 08:00 - 18:00. 

The recycling centres are open on bank holidays but closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 


Booking required?

No booking is required to visit any Manchester recycling centre. Just make sure you have the correct permits for your vehicle (see below) and allow for plenty of time in case there are queues and/ or delays.


Access information

Cars and vans are allowed in most Manchester recycling centres. However, if you have a van or twin axle vehicle, you need a permit. Click here for info. 

You are very unlikely to exceed this number, but be aware that there are limits to the number of visits you can make! This depends on your vehicle:

  • Cars (+ cars with single axle trailers) - 52 visits a year
  • Vehicles with double axle trailer - 18 visits a year
  • Vans (including pick-up trucks, estate vans, city vans, chassis vans) - 18 visits a year



Items accepted at Manchester tips

Things you can dispose of at every Manchester recycling centre site include:

  • Batteries 
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Electrical items
  • Print cartridges
  • TVs and monitors
  • Hardcore and rubble – you are limited to the amount of rubble you can take in one visit. The limit is five (900mm x 600mm) rubble sacks per visit.
  • Timber and wood
  • Car batteries
  • Engine oil
  • Tyres 
  • Scrap metal
  • Mixed recycling (aerosols, plastic bottles, drink cans, food tins, glass bottles, glass jars, aluminium foil and trays)
  • Paper and card
  • Garden waste
  • Media (reusable books, CDs and DVDs)
  • Cooking oil
  • Gas bottles
  • Household chemicals (paint)
  • General waste

See the Manchester waste authority's A-Z list of items including terms and conditions for each here

Do you have asbestos to get rid of? See what to do with it here


Trade and commercial waste

The recycling centres are for household waste only. If you need to get rid of your trade and commercial waste, click here for details.


Reuse options

Recycle for Greater Manchester launched their project Renew which accepts donated items across all Manchester recycling centre sites EXCEPT Chester Road and Reliance Street. There are donation containers at the rest of the sites. Donations accepted include:

  • Furniture
  • Toys
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Collectables/ vintage
  • Bikes/ sports equipment
  • Gardening and DIY

There are 3 Renew shops that sell the repaired items and you can find them at the following recycling centres:

Altrincham: Woodhouse Lane, WA14 5TB

Eccles: Liverpool Road, M30 7RH

Oldham: Arkwright Street, OL9 9LZ

Read more here.


Other information

The R4GM site warns that you should expect queues and to plan your visit accordingly. They also ask that you sort your waste beforehand to save time inside the centre. 

The recycling centres as well as Renew shops have had a lot of success throughout Manchester - read about the highlights here


Google reviews of Manchester recycling centres

Most recycling centres seem to have fairly good ratings. The main complaints being about incorrectly advertised opening times - so remember to double check before you go!


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