Or as we like to call it in the industry the ‘recycling centre’, no matter how hard we try this name just doesn’t seem to stick. We understand why ‘tip’ is used; it’s easy to say and that’s what residents know it as. To quote Shakespeare, “what’s in a name?”
Most people acknowledge the changes that have been made in the industry in recent years with over 20 separate recycling streams for the stuff we don’t need any more and want to tip somewhere.
Today, most of that waste is transformed into new products, i.e. plastic bottles can be made into new football shirts; metals turned into iPods or new drinks cans; glass can be made into more glass bottles.
As for the non- recyclable items, this doesn’t go to waste; it’s turned into green energy! The power you use at home may have resulted from disposing of your waste at the tip. Long gone are the days of putting it all in a big hole in the ground.
In Greater Manchester we have a network of 20 recycling centres all of which are new or have been refurbished; they get used a lot which is great. Last year, across all 20 centres we recycled 54% and 68% was turned into green energy.
The sun is shining and Spring is upon us and so is May bank holiday and this is when the recycling centres are at their busiest (residents de-cluttering at home and spring cleaning). We thought it would be a good idea to provide you with some ‘top tips’ to use when visiting the recycling centre to make your visit simple and stress free. (All of the advice below is based on experience and true life stories):
1. Preparation is key – The recycling centres are designed to make recycling easy; by following these few simple steps it will make your visit even easier:
- Segregate your recyclable items (check your local recycling centre to see what recycling they take); this will make unloading your vehicle quicker.
- The recycling centres are predominately designed for vehicle access, and operate a height barrier set at two metres. Don’t even chance it if you think your vehicle is close to this height as we have had vehicles get through when they are loaded and not get out the other side once unloaded! If you have a vehicle above this height, we do have recycling and disposal facilities available at our larger plant facilities. See our website for the closest one to you before you leave home.
- If you are pulling a trailer make sure the load is lower than two metres, as you can see from the picture below, your vehicle may clear the barrier but the load may not and this can cause damage to your vehicle and our lovely stripy barriers.
Staff are there to assist, but if you are bringing heavy or awkward sized items, please consider whether to bring along someone to help you (is it a 2 person job?)
2. Don’t tip the wrong stuff – When you have located the correct recycling container to tip your waste please ensure that you only recycle what you intended to.
- Make sure you put your car keys in your pocket before throwing things into the containers; otherwise it may be ‘hook a duck’ time for staff. The recycling containers hold tonnes of waste so it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack!
- Make sure there is nothing valuable that you have accidentally put in with your recycling.
- Make sure any jewellery on your throwing hands is secure! We recently saved Neil’s wedding ring as well as a lot of earache from the wife!
3 .Leave the site safely – This may sound like common sense ‘how could I not exit safely,’ but it is worth remembering to do the following:
- (See Point 1) make sure you check your vehicle height and remember your car may appear shorter when loaded.
- Ensure your boot is closed before you exit, this is especially important if your car is a hatchback. Open boots will stop you and everyone else from leaving.
4. Make the most of it – Make sure you get the most out of this service; all recycling centres are open during the summer from 8am to 8pm (except Salford Road, Bolton). See what can be recycled and disposed of here and if you want to know what happens to your recycling all the information is here.
- However don’t be surprised if you’re a frequent visitor, that you are asked a few questions. Recycling Centres are for Greater Manchester residents only; commercial operators need to pay for disposal of their waste. We try and protect this service from abuse so it remains a high quality service for all.
- Lastly, don’t forget Greater Manchester residents can use any of the 20 recycling centres in the network, so you may want to check out our recycling centre map to check which one suits your requirements.