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 and allows you a maximum of 18 visits over the year. The permit is easy to apply for, free of charge and you can apply online.

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. More information about how to dispose of household waste with a vehicles 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 is 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.

More information about the scheme.

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.

Waste disposal site locations

Altrincham

For household waste and recycling only. No business or trade waste allowed.

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)

More information about the Woodhouse Lane recycling centre.

Stretford

For household waste and recycling only. No business or trade waste allowed.

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)

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.