Council services during the Covid 19 crisis: green bin collections stop

Manchester City Council has pledged to keep residents informed of how the battle against Covid 19 will affect services

In their latest announcement there have said there will be no green bin collections until further notice.

Food food waste can be put in the grey bin which will be collected as normal.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Council staff are going above and beyond to ensure vital services for our residents can continue and we can support residents as we work together through this period.

“It’s vitally important that we all play our part and follow the advice from Public Health. Washing our hands regularly, distancing ourselves from others and supporting vulnerable people during this crisis will be essential in limiting the spread of the disease.

“It makes me proud that at times such as this Manchester people show their true mettle. Our city will be a different place for a little while, but we will carry on and we will get through this together.”

Find a set of FAQs here.

What Council services are affected?

The Customer Service Centre in the Town Hall Extension is now closed to walk-in visitors until further notice.

A list of email contacts for Council services can be found here. This includes contacts for support around benefits, Universal Credit, licensing, council tax and school admissions.  The call centre is currently experiencing unprecedented demand so email enquiries are being prioritised and the most urgent are being dealt with as quickly as possible. The public is asked to only phone the Council if absolutely necessary.

Support and advice for people at risk of homelessness is available here. If you or someone you know does not have somewhere to stay immediately, please call 0161 234 4692 or email

Business owners can find support advice here.

Leisure Centres and Events

All Council-run leisure centres closed Friday 20 March to limit the potential spread of the virus. The NHS has  information online, including free exercise tutorials that can be done at home, along with tips and advice about staying active. And follow @GmMoving on social media for more advice and inspiration.


The following libraries will remain open to the public, maintaining provision in the north, central and south areas of the city. They will close by 5pm each day.

– Higher Blackley (The Avenue)

– Newton Heath Library

– Gorton Library

– Longsight Library

– Central Library

– Chorlton Library

– Didsbury Library

– Withington Library

– Wythenshawe Forum

Closures are currently in place at the libraries listed below. The closed libraries are currently under review to consider how we can reopen them safely to increase library provision across the city as soon as possible for local residents.

– Barlow Moor Library

– Burnage library

– Miles Platting Community Library

– Moss Side Powerhouse Library

– Northenden Library

– New Moston Community Library

– North City Library

– Beswick Library

– Abraham Moss 5pm Friday 20 March

– Arcadia (Levenshulme) 10pm Friday 20 March

– Brooklands Library closed from 5pm Friday 20 March

– Fallowfield Library (AKA The Place on Platt Lane) will close on Saturday 21 March

Anyone who has an outstanding book return will not be fined and will have a three-month extension before the book will need to be returned.

Further information about the city’s libraries services will be updated here.

You can also access Manchester Library resources online, including e-books, audiobooks, online news resources, language courses and digital magazines.


Council-run retail markets in Gorton, Longsight and Wythenshawe will closed on Saturday 21 March. The Sunday Car Boot market will closed from Sunday 22 March.


Council-run parks will remain open to allow residents to get fresh air and remain active. Hand washing facilities will be available. People using parks are urged to heed public health advice and practice correct social distancing.

Information about social distancing can be found from Public Health England.


The registrars will remain open but is offering a reduced service. Residents are asked not to attend the registrars unless absolutely necessary.  Find out more about the service

If you’re feeling anxious

It’s understandable that a lot of our residents will be feeling anxious at the moment. This is to be expected but it’s important to take note of advice and support each other during this time.

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