We understand that waste management can bring up a lot of questions, and we’re committed to providing clear, easy-to-understand answers. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions we get, but if you can’t find the information you need, give our friendly team a call today.
Our opening times differ across each station, below are the detailed times:
Bury – Mon – Fri 7.00am to 5pm, Sat – 7.30am to 12pm
Oldham – Mon – Fri 7.15am to 5pm, Sat – 8.00am to 11am
Failsworth – Mon – Fri 7.00am to 5.00pm, Sat – Closed
Ramsbottom – Mon – Fri 7.00am to 5.00pm, Sat – Closed.
While we stay open during lunch hours, all sites are closed on Bank Holidays.
What are your transfer licence numbers?
Our Transfer Station licence numbers are:
Bury – 50434 & 53823
Oldham – 53932
Ramsbottom – 100969
Failsworth – BP33 96CF
All are issued by the Environment Agency.
Do you need a permit for a skip?
Skips on the road must have a permit, we obtain this from the local council. We provide lights and cones but the hirer must ensure they are lit and cones remain correctly positioned. The maximum size allowed on the road is an 8 cubic yard skip.
Do you need to book to bring in waste?
You do not need to prebook waste being brought in to Bury, Oldham or Failsworth transfer stations. Just turn up during our opening times to tip. We ask that you telephone in advance for hazardous waste to provide addresses and contact details for administration. Please note Oldham and Failsworth are not licensed for hazardous waste or tyres.
How full can you fill a skip?
Skips and RoRos must be no more than level full. Clay, soil, brick, concrete and tarmac can render the skip too heavy for the legal weight limit on the road. It is your responsibility to ensure the skip is not overweight and excess is removed at your expense. You will be charged for a lost journey.
Who is responsible for a hired skip?
Skips are left at the hirer’s risk. Damage to driveways, footpaths, water mains, telephone and electric cables will be the responsibility of the hirer. Damage to skips either by fire or overloading, and skips stolen will be charged for. Non-payment of services will result in your waste being returned and tipped on the hirer’s site.
Do you collect and / or dispose of asbestos?
Yes, however we do not take the asbestos off the building, we just supply the container for transportation and disposal. All breakages must be avoided when removing cement bonded asbestos to prevent asbestos becoming airborne. All asbestos does need to be double bagged and it does have to be in a lidded skip.
Do you provide destruction notices?
Destruction notices can be issued. The goods are destroyed by shredding and granulation. The small sized light waste is then loaded and sent as SRF (Waste For Energy), i.e. burning.
How do you transport hazardous waste?
All hazardous waste must be covered at all times, (asbestos must be double bagged) and accompanied by a consignment note, which we can provide.
What do you need when disposing of asbestos at your Bury Transfer Station?
You will need a mask, disposable overall, gloves and consignment note. Transport must be in a lidded container or sealed van with asbestos marker plates. Other site rules are a hard hat, reflective vest and steel toe capped boots. Strictly no smoking on site.
Who regulates the waste industry?
The Environment Agency regulates the waste industry.
Our service area is Greater Manchester, however the further afield we haul waste the higher the price for haulage.
Yes, we accept all types of tyres, super singles, other wagon tyres, earth mover tyres and car tyres. Tyres are shredded by Wheeldon’s, those with rims are crushed to remove the rim before shredding.
WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, basically it includes anything that plugs in. These must be recycled and not damaged during transportation and removal. It includes fridges, TVs, computers, printers, cookers, hair dryers, drills etc.
Where can I get a premises code?
Premises codes are no longer obtained for consignment notes. Part of the address can be used in the boxes as means of identification.
What information do you need for a consignment code?
For hazardous waste we need the site’s name, address, post code, reason for disposal, contact name and telephone number. If another person or company is transporting/removing the waste, then we need their name, address and waste carrier registration number too.
Can you mix general and hazardous waste?
Hazardous waste must not be mixed with general waste because this contaminates the load and prevents recycling.
How often do you empty bins?
Wheelie bins are emptied on a weekly or minimum fortnightly basis, on the same day each week. Payment is 3 months in advance.
Can I put hazardous waste in the skip I hire?
Skips must not contain toxic waste, drums or other liquids, tyres, asbestos, solvents, oil, paints, pressure vessels without previous written permission from Wheeldons. We are licensed for these items but they must be booked in and loaded separately.
How much will I pay to bring waste into your station?
Industrial or domestic waste can be brought into our transfer station and the price is calculated by your weight on the weighbridge.
Pre-treatment Law (2007) means all waste must go through some form of treatment to increase recycling. It is illegal for mixed waste to go directly to landfill. This law was designed to protect the environment, which we fully comply with.
Who maintains hired equipment?
We have on-site mechanics for servicing and repairing our wagons, skips and compactor units.
Do you handle confidential waste?
Yes, an industrial shredder will dispose of all your confidential waste needs. Your confidential waste charge is related to weight. There is also a destruction service for goods not fit or unsuitable for retail. All the waste received from you is constantly supervised to ensure you have peace of mind Your information remains completely private.
How often do you review drivers licences?
We check them every six months as a minimum to ensure they are fully eligible to drive.