It deals with 1.1 million tonnes of waste produced each year, from approximately 1 million households and population of over 2.27 million in the metropolitan districts of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. Though part of Greater Manchester, the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan administers its own waste disposal operations, however they are represented on the authority for administration purposes.
The waste comes primarily from household waste collections and 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) provided and serviced by the GMWDA. It handles around 4% of the nation’s municipal waste.
The GMWDA was created under the Local Government Act 1985 to carry out the waste management functions and duties of the Greater Manchester County Council after its abolition in 1986. The Authority Membership is composed of councillors from across Greater Manchester. Its headquarters are in Oldham.
The GMWDA also operates the Recycle for Greater Manchester organisation, its initiatives and website.
In 2009 we signed a 25-year Recycling and Waste Management Contract with Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited (VLGM) involving an investment of over £631 million.
This investment has created a network of 43 recycling, composting and waste management facilities across Greater Manchester. These facilities deal with 1.1 million tonnes of waste produced each year, from over 1 million households in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.
See what our goals and vision is for the future of Greater Manchester.
Meet the people who are guiding GMWDA towards zero waste.
Take a closer look at which councillors are members of GMWDA.
Download our latest annual report to see how we are progressing towards our aims.