Greater Manchester Recycling centres could be shut

A quarter of Greater Manchester's recycling sites could close, the body in charge of waste disposal has warned.

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) is considering cutting six of its 25 sites.

GMWDA said it needed to cut £1m from its budget and had started a consultation process over how people use their sites.

The authority said it wanted to establish who was using a particular site and how far they had travelled.

It also wants people to say how they could make better use of its sites.

Authority chairman Neil Swannick said: "I don't want to close any sites at all but the reality is the district councils who pay a levy to GMWDA are under considerable pressure from the government."

He added: "We've been asked to make savings where we can and to use our money to the best advantage."

It is understood that two sites could be closed - Leicester Road in Salford and Black Horse Street in Blackrod - once a new one has replaced them.

The other four earmarked for closure are: Union Road, Bolton; Drinkwater Park, Prestwich; Peel Lane, Heywood and Chandros Street, Shaw.

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