Disposal sites in Trafford

Trafford has two waste disposal sites (Household Waste Recycling Centres). The first is in Altrincham, the second in Stretford. The sites are owned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and operated by recycling and waste management firm SUEZ.

For the full list of what you can take, please visit the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

Using a van or twin axle trailer

From 1 December 2021, you will require a permit to access the household waste recycling centre (HWRC) or transfer station if you drive a van (including pickups) or twin axle trailer.

Visitors using a standard car do NOT need a permit to use the recycling centres unless you intend to visit with a twin axle trailer.

How to apply

The permit is available to residents to dispose of household waste. The permit is easy to apply for and is free of charge. It allows you a maximum of 18 visits over the year2.

You can apply online at R4GM_van_permit

A permit is also required for vehicles higher than 2 metres that need to access the weighbridge at the transfer loading stations to dispose of household waste. For health and safety reasons, PPE must be worn when recycling or disposing of your household waste at the waste transfer facilities. Find out more at R4GM_over_2_metres_high

You will need to register for a permit if you plan to hire a van or twin axle trailer for a short-term hire. You will need to take your hire documents to the site with you as an operative will ask to see them.

Why this being introduced

The van and trailer permit is part of the Trade Waste Access Restriction Policy which was introduced in February 2020. This was introduced to tackle businesses illegally taking waste to the HWRCs to avoid paying waste disposal fees, costing the local councils an estimated £5 million a year.

About trade waste

No trade or business waste will be accepted at any household waste recycling centre. Find out how to dispose of business waste at R4GM-Business_waste

More questions and information

Read our FAQs which may help answer any questions you may have.

Altrincham

Woodhouse Lane Recycling Centre, (off Sinderland Road), Altrincham, WA14 5TB

Opening times

Monday to Sunday – 8am to 6pm

(Open as usual on Bank Holidays)

Closed on Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January)

For household waste and recycling only.

No business or trade waste allowed.

More information about the Woodhouse Lane recycling centre.

Stretford

Chester Road Recycling Centre, Chester Road, Stretford, M32 9AU

Opening times

Monday to Sunday – 8am to 6pm

(Open as usual on Bank Holidays)

Closed on Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January)

For household waste and recycling only.

No business or trade waste allowed.

More information about the Chester Road recycling centre.

Reporting a problem at the centres

Any problems at our disposal sites should be reported to Recycle for Greater Manchester.