Coronavirus (COVID-19): Impact on bin collections

Due to the coronavirus outbreak there may be some disruption to bin collections and changes to collection schedules and collection days. Please bear with us at this time and be assured that we are doing everything we can to maintain the service as best we can.  Please also follow this advice.

Brown bins

Brown bin collections were cancelled for one cycle during March but with crew numbers currently holding-up and other council employees retrained to help bolster the service, we now plan to carry on with regular brown bin collections.  Please put your brown bin out by 7am on your usual collection day but note the following advice.

  • As far as possible, collections will take place as scheduled but we may have to make some changes from time to time. 
  • If you haven't already done so, please sign-up for email reminders and alerts so that we can send you remainders for all your collections and keep you up-to-date with any changes. 
  •  Please continue to recycle your food waste in your brown bin (don't forget food waste can go loose inside your brown bin if you run out of compostable liners).
  • If you are interested in composting at home go to to find out more.    

Blue, green and grey bins

  • Currently collections are continuing as usual.  
  • Please put your bin out by 7am on your usual collection day.  

Take extra care when disposing of your household waste

Save space in your bins

Saving space in your bins is particularly important at this time. You can help by:

  • Squeezing air out of plastic bags
  • Flattening or squashing your rubbish and recycling
  • Choosing products with less packaging

Help protect our bin crews

During the coronavirus outbreak we ask you to help protect our bin crews by following Public Health England's stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection:

  • Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning wipes can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.
  • These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste.
  • Put these bags aside for at least 72 hours before putting them in your usual external household waste bin.

Greater Manchester household waste and recycling centres (HWRC's)

More advice

Go to Recycle for Greater Manchesterfor more advice on managing your household waste during the coronavirus outbreak.