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Free tours: Find out what happens to your recycling and rubbish

Recycle for Greater Manchester are offering free tours of their recycling and waste facilities.

The tours are part of the Heritage Open Days to celebrate England’s culture and architecture by offering free events right on people’s doorstep.
Denise Catley, Education and Engagement Officer said: “This is a great opportunity to see where the things you put in your bin actually go and how they are recycled or used to produce energy.  Along with the tour of the site you will have the chance to find out what you can and cannot recycle and why.”

Resident, Stockport who attended a previous open day said: “Very impressive tour of what goes on behind the scene.  I now have a better understanding of what happens to my recycling and the importance of getting my recycling right.”

Dates for tours are:

Materials Recovery Facility, Sharston, Manchester

See how your recycling is sorted using state-of-the-art technology.

Tuesday 9th September
2-4pm or 6-8pm

Mechanical Biological Treatment, Bredbury, Stockport

See how your non-recyclable rubbish is digested and turned into electricity.

Wednesday 10th September
10am-12pm or 2-4pm

Thermal Recovery Facility, Bolton

See how your non-recyclable rubbish is burned and turned into electricity.

Friday 12th September
10am-12pm or 2-4pm

Numbers for each tour are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. You can book a place via telephone , 01204 374 222 or email  (Open to members of the public, 7- 18 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age restriction of 7 years applies).

Slim your bin for free

If you are using all the free recycling containers available to you, you may find that you are not filling your grey bin.

Do you know that you can now slim your grey bin and swap your standard grey bin for a slimmer version free of charge?

Why downsize?

  • To protect the environment
  •  The cost of disposing of grey bin waste is significantly more expensive than recycling
  • The slimmer bin is the same height as the original grey bin
  • The slimmer bin takes up less space and is easier to move around

To slim your grey bin:


Revive your garden with compost made with your recycling!

The high quality peat-free compost is made with your very own food and garden waste. The compost is available to buy from:

  • Heaton Fold, Overdale Drive,  BL1 5BU
  • Raikes Lane Industrial Estate, BL3 2NH - You’ll need to go to the weighbridge (where the commercial/council delivery vehicles go) to collect and make payment by cash or card for the compost.
  • Salford Road, Over Hulton, BL5 1DG - You'll need to go to the weighbridge (where the commercial/ council delivery vehicles go) to collect and make payment by cash or card for the compost.

All the food and garden waste collected from Greater Manchester homes is processed at In-Vessel Composting facilities (IVC) in Rochdale, Stockport and Trafford. In vessel composting is a 100% natural process and works the same way as a home compost bin does but on a massive scale. Up to 175,000 tonnes of food and garden waste is processed at the facilities in a year. From meat and vegetables to grass cuttings and twigs to tea bags, the whole lot is turned into compost in just 6 weeks.

To make the compost suitable to be used at home it is blended with forestry bi-products such as sawdust and husks. The compost is produced to an approved British Standard and follows the Compost Quality Protocol, which provides reassurance for its use as a multi-purpose peat free compost.

Revive compost is available in 20L bags for £1.50, and 40L bags for £2.84. 4x40L bags can be bought for just £9.98.

For more information please visit Recycle for Greater Manchester 

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