Recycling centres across Greater Manchester, including Trafford, are set to re-open in a bid to help residents dispose of their waste during the lockdown period.
In Trafford, the site at Woodhouse Lane, off Sinderland Road, Altrincham, will open every day of the week from 8 am to 6 pm, starting Saturday 2 May, with restrictions in place to protect the health of residents and staff.
However, the centre at Chester Road, Stretford, will remain closed until further notice.
At last week’s Greater Manchester COVID-19 Emergency Committee, the nine councils that make up the Greater Manchester Waste Authority agreed to reopen some recycling centres.
The decision was taken in accordance with government guidelines and is based on staffing, accessibility, and the agreement of traffic management plans with local authorities.
Reopening is being carefully planned and managed, with the involvement of the Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
Among the criteria being taken into account are staffing arrangements at waste disposal facilities operated by SUEZ, with more staff deployed to handle the increased volume of waste and recycling picked up during household bin collections.
The centre will accept bagged general waste only and will be open to residents who show proof of address, such as a utility bill.
The number of cars allowed on to the site will be limited, with one person allowed out of their vehicle to dispose of their waste.
A traffic control system will also be introduced based on odd and even number plates.
It will work on a four week rota to limit the amount of traffic visiting the centres and limit the potential for staff and the public to be exposed to the virus.
Information about how to manage and dispose of waste, and the latest updates on household waste recycling centres, can be found at www.recycleforgreatermanchester.com.