We offer a comprehensive range of services: from waste audits and feasibility studies to implementation strategies to physically managing your materials and recycling your waste. You will find us flexible, supportive and above all, driven.

We have a proven track record of helping the voluntary and community sector, businesses and the public sector to reduce their waste management costs and improve their environmental standing.

With over a decade’s experience of running large multi-million pound contracts for Manchester City Council and small tailored services for local charities we know we can help you reduce your costs and improve your efficiency.

Case Studies

New Smithfield Wholesale Market Case Study
Cloudwater Brewery Case Study


Over the years we have specialised in recycling waste from the food & drink sector, retail and leisure industry and the public sector, and are experts in dealing with "hard-to-recycle" waste. We have a proven track record of recycling all types of plastics (from plastic film to hard plastics); food waste – be that fruit & veg waste, tea bags, brewery waste; wood in the form of pallets and construction waste; polystrene; green waste and trees (e.g. Christmas trees) and obviously paper and cardboard.

And if we can't recycle it for you, we are sure to know someone who can.

We have WAMITAB qualified staff and are CHAS approved ensuring the highest of professional standards and since our creation we have composted and recycled over 100,000 tonnes of materials.



We have a small fleet of lorries and trucks with a range of skips, containers and qualified drivers to move our materials around. Later on in 2018, once we have completed all the appropriate qualifications and put in place robust procedures, we plan to offer this service to others.

We are therefore keen to recruit Class 2 HGV drivers in 2018 and so if you would be interested in working with us please contact Ian on 0161 2312139.

Case Studies

Lorries & Haulage
Skips and Containers
Waste Audits


Fairfield’s compost is the greenest and most cost-effective choice for soil treatment, soil improvement, sustainable land management and landscaping applications in Greater Manchester.

Fairfield provides:
-a locally-produced, high quality, peat-free compost
-product consistency (Quality Protocol for Compost)
-a product and service which can help meet your sustainability targets
-data, & a team keen to have their photos taken for promotional purposes!

Bought by domestic and commercial customers alike, Fairfield's compost is suitable for a wide variety of uses such as landscaping, erosion control, allotments, organic farming and all-round soil conditioning.

We charge £25 per tonne (plus VAT) for our compost along with a delivery charge, but offer significant discounts on large quantities. A typical delivery charge within the M60 would be £25 + VAT per delivery.


General Enquiries

We'd love you to get in touch and talk compost or materials management.

Our Office

  • Address: Fairfield Recycling, The Cabin, Adj 22, New Smithfield Market, Whitworth Street East, Manchester, M11 2WJ
  • Phone: 0161 231 2139
  • Email: ian@fairfieldrecycling.org.uk

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Friday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday - By Appointment
  • Sunday - By Appointment


We have a fantastic team of professional and helpful staff. We employ 25 local people with Ian Trippier, our Business Development Manager and Eric Lowry, our Operations Manager happy to discuss any aspect of our business with you.

Alongside the Fairfield Recycling team, we have a board of directors, made up of four senior staff and representatives of our parent charity Fairfield Environment Trust. This creates a dynamic balance of practical day-to-day knowledge of our business activity and governance oversight. The Fairfield Recycling board are ultimately responsible to the 7 Trustees of Fairfield Environment Trust and the Charity Commission.
Fairfield Recycling (Registered as Fairfield Environmental Services Company No 07865231) is one of a number of not-for-profit social enterprises who are delivering the charitable objectives of our parent charity: Fairfield Environment Trust. Our partner organisations are Bridge 5 Mill and The Kindling Trust.

Fairfield Recycling has two key purposes. Our primary purpose is to help make Greater Manchester a zero-waste city: by reducing the materials we consume and the waste we produce, re-using materials and maximising recycling. Secondly, Fairfield Recycling raises funds for the charitable work of Fairfield Environment Trust.

Fairfield Recycling (originally called Fairfield Materials Management) was formed in 2003, creating the UK’s first sustainable waste management system on a wholesale market. We were established with support from the European Union, WRAP and a loan from the Adventure Capital Fund (now known as the Social Investment Business).

For the last ten years Fairfield Recycling has operated without grants or other financial support, relying purely on the income we generated. Winning competitive tenders and working in partnership, we are now Greater Manchester’s largest and most successful recycling social enterprise.
We are working hard to change society's relationship with waste.

We would describe ourselves as a zero waste organisation, guided by the waste hierarchy and very excited about the opportunities a circular economy promises.

Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No rubbish is sent to landfills or incinerators, eventually eliminating all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to human, animal or plant health.

To achieve this we adhere to the waste hierarchy (see diagram above).

A good example of this is our partner organisation Bridge 5 Mill, just a few miles away. They refurbished a dilapidated old mill using reclaimed and re-purposed items and recycled construction materials.


Now is an exciting time to take on a role at Manchester’s Fairfield Environmental Services - the trading arm of Fairfield Environment Trust - providing sustainable waste management for businesses, local authorities and the third sector in Greater Manchester.

Having recently won a new contract that has generated significant growth, FES is seeking three full-time staff members for new roles, as part of a restructuring undertaken to reflect rapid business growth and to replace Fairfield’s retiring founder staff member.

These unique job opportunities will place you at the heart of a dynamic and youthful team in one of Greater Manchester’s most successful social enterprises. Working closely with the Board of Directors, you will be part of a management team working to ensure the smooth, effective and efficient running of FES. As well as bringing experience in the specified fields, you’ll enjoy varied working, and have the ability and practical skills to ‘muck-in’ on site when necessary!

As the trading arm of FET, one of Greater Manchester’s most impactful environmental charities, FES is part of a family of environmental organisations operating in partnership across a range of sectors including building management (Bridge 5 Mill), and food and farming (The Kindling Trust), working together to bring real change to Greater Manchester. As you grow and develop FES, you will be responsible for generating significant income for the Trust, and you will have the opportunity to shape and grow both the business and our charitable work over the next decade.

The post is based at New Smithfield Market in East Manchester and easily accessible by public transport.

Return the application form and other relevant information to info@fairfieldrecycling.org.uk.

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Sunday 25th February.

Interviews will take place on: Monday 5th March & Tuesday 6th March.

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