Household waste and recycling centres (tips)

All recycling centres are open.

Safety measures for visiting household waste and recycling centres

We all need to play our part in stopping coronavirus. Please follow these guidelines when visiting a household recycling centre.

  • Follow social distancing measures when on site
  • Wear a face covering to protect yourself, staff, and other users
  • Plan your visit, weekdays are less busy
  • Sort waste and recycling before your visit to minimise time on site
  • Expect queues

Visit limits

The number of times you can visit per year is based on the type of vehicle you have as follows.

  • Residents in a standard car and cars with single axle trailers - 52 visits per year
  • Residents in cars with double axel trailers - 18 visits a year
  • Residents in a small van (less than 3.5 tonnes) - 18 visits per year
  • Residents in a large van (more than 3.5 tonnes) - 12 visits per year.

Please note:

  • Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and CCTV is in place across all sites to monitor vehicle visits
  • If your vehicle is over 2 metres high you won't be able to access the centres due to the height of the barrier, you will need to use a waste transfer facility instead. 
  • A waste transfer facility must be used for disposal of asbestos or plasterboard. 
  • For health and safety reasons, PPE must be worn at waste transfer facilities.
  • There are separate arrangements for disposal of business waste.


In the Borough of Bury there are two centres:

  • Bury Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Every Street (Enquiries: 07881 386 829).
  • Radcliffe Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Cemetery Road (Enquiries: 07881 386876).

The centres are open every day (except 25 December and 1 January) from 8am to 6pm in winter and 8am to 8pm in summer.

Residents can also use other centres within Greater Manchester:

Van and twin axle permit

If you are visiting your local Household Waste Recycling Centre to dispose of household waste using your own van or a twin axle trailer you will need a permit. The permit is easy to apply for and is free of charge.

Waste transfer facilities


Complaints about a recycling centre within the Greater Manchester area should be made to the GMCA.