The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) is to close six of its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) as part of cost-cutting plans.
The closures, which will provide a saving of £875,000 from 2015/16, follow a decision at the GMWDA’s annual general meeting to close facilities in two phases, with HWRCS in Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and Bolton being the first to go.
A second phase will see the development of a ‘super-site’ which can accept up to 23 types of material at a site in Bolton and the closure of HWRCS in Salford and Bolton.
According to the GMWDA, alternative facilities are available in each local area where the site is to be closed.
Authority chair Neil Swannick said: “We do not want to close any sites but, unfortunately, financial savings of this significance could not be achieved in other areas without affecting the level of service provided to council taxpayers. Residents will have kerbside collections and recycling centres available to them within their district which will allow them to continue recycling.”