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Bins, rubbish and recycling

Bin collections - updates

Updated 9.10am Monday 14 June 2021

We apologise that missed collections have increased due to staff shortages and increased demand. If your street is missed - please leave your bin out and the bin crew will return. 

Our crews are working hard to make sure all rubbish is removed. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we deal with an unprecedented situation.

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

General advice

Green food and garden recycling bins are being collected every two weeks on the same day as your grey general waste bins.

Food and garden recycling waste will only be collected if it is in the bins. Please keep any excess waste until your next collection. Food waste can be put in your grey/black general waste bin if necessary. 

Grey/black, brown and blue bin collections are continuing as normal.

Check your bin days

Please squash / flatten your recycling as much as possible - cardboard and plastic bottles etc - to fit more in your correct bins.

Blue bins: please make sure all of your cardboard and paper is inside the bin. Excess cardboard can be recycled at a Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip).

Tips and recycling centres

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority, who manage Manchester's facilities, have made the decison to keep recycling centres (tips) open as follows: 

You are advised to:

  • Only visit if it is essential
  • Separate waste and recycling before your visit to make it easier to use the site quickly
  • Maintain two-metre social distancing from other site users
  • Wear face masks on site
  • Wash your hands before and after your visit.

Full details are on the Recycle for Greater Manchester website, including 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 restrictions.

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)

As the wearing of masks is required on public transport and will soon be mandatory in shops (from 24 July), the government has advice on disposing of non-reusable PPE. As long as you or anyone in your home does not have symptoms of Coronavirus and aren't self isolating, you should:

  • Remove PPE carefully, and avoid touching the inside of your face covering
  • After you remove your PPE or face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser
  • Dispose of them in your grey general waste bin, or a litter bin if you’re outside
  • Do not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled 
  • Take them home with you if there is no litter bin - do not drop them as litter

If you or anyone in your household has Coronavirus symptoms and/or are self-isolating, any disposable masks or other PPE should be disposed of in the same way as tissues and cleaning materials. 

Disposing of tissues and cleaning materials

If you have Coronavirus symptoms, personal waste, such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, should be stored securely in a tied bag and placed inside another bag. This should then be kept separate from your other rubbish for 72 hours.

After 72 hours please place the bags containing the personal waste into your usual outdoor household bin. This is to protect staff when collecting rubbish.

See further advice from Public Health England.

Large unwanted item collections

When booking collections of large unwanted items please ensure that if anybody in the house has (or has had) symptoms of Coronavirus, you leave at least 72 hours between symptoms clearing and putting the large items out for collection. This is in line with government guidance about what to do with waste relating to Coronavirus.

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