COVID-19 COVID-19 bins, rubbish and recycling

Bins, rubbish and recycling

Updated: 1.05pm. Friday 21 January.

Blue bins

We are sorry that we have been unable to empty some blue bins in the following areas this week:

  • Friday 21 January - Burnage and East Didsbury (M19 post code areas)
  • Thursday 20 January - West Didsbury (M20 post code areas) 
  • Monday 17 January - Sharston and Woodhouse Park (M22 post code areas).

If your blue bin was not emptied in these areas, please take it back in and put it out again on your next blue bin collection day.

Check your bin day and sign up for emailed weekly reminders.

While maintaining a safe distance, please let any friends, family, or neighbours without internet access know about the current arrangements.

We apologise for the disruptions, which are due to staffing issues caused by COVID-19 and a national shortage of heavy goods vehicle drivers. COVID-19 will continue to cause issues, so please check this page regularly for updates.

Missed collections

If you don't live in any of the areas named above, and your bin is missed on its usual collection day, please leave your bin out and a crew will try and return the day after. 

If your bin is still not collected by the end of the following day, please report a missed collection

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

General advice

Our crews are working hard to make sure all rubbish is removed. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Tips and recycling centres

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority manage Manchester's facilities, which are at: 

  • Reliance Street, Newton Heath, M40 3EZ
  • Longley Lane, Sharston, M22 4RQ 
  • Sandfold Lane, Levenshulme, M19 3BJ 

Full details are on the Recycle for Greater Manchester website, including opening times and health and safety guidance. You can follow @recycle4gm on twitter for updates.

Please be patient with staff, who are working in difficult circumstances and be prepared for queues due to demand.

View traffic situation before setting off:

See Recycle for Greater Manchester's A to Z guide for what items you can take to the tips. 

Please do not leave any waste outside the Tips or Recycling Centres – leaving waste outside the centres or anywhere else is classed as fly tipping and is a criminal offence for which people will be prosecuted. 

Disposing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning materials

The government has advice on disposing of non-reusable PPE and how to safely get rid of tissues and cleaning items.

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