Waste and recycling centres

Waste and recycling centres → Open for essential use only

The recycling centres will be open everyday for cars and small vans ONLY from 8am - 7.45pm. No permit is required.

  • Only one person per vehicle - no assistance can be provided to unload your vehicle
  • Proof of address must be shown
  • No transit vans, vehicle trailers or commercial vehicles of any type will be accepted.

If any households have had COVID-19 symptoms then the waste should be double bagged and left for 72 hours before being brought to site.

Due to the current situation, there are rules in place at each recycling centre that you must follow:

  • All residents visiting the site will need to observe the social distancing measures now in place
  • Only one person per vehicle
  • You must be able to unload the vehicle on your own
  • Social distancing will be enforced on the sites which means, unfortunately, that no assistance for unloading can be provided
  • Only cars and small vans will be allowed
  • No transit-type vans, vehicle trailers or commercial vehicles of any type will be accepted
  • The permit system will not apply
  • Traffic management will be in place at all sites and due to safety concerns queueing outside of the site will be restricted, residents may be asked to leave and return at a later time
  • You will require a proof of address e.g. driving licence, council tax, gas, electricity or water bill
  • If any households have had COVID-19 symptoms then the waste should be left for 72 hours before being brought to site. Waste should be doubled bagged
  • If you have medical waste this should be placed in your black bin and the excess waste brought to site
  • Residents visiting Slag Lane are advised to approach the site from the Lowton side as there will be a queuing lane in operation.

Locations

Wigan Borough has three waste and recycling centres in the following locations:

Kirkless

Kirkless, Makerfield Way, Higher Ince, WN2 2PR

Opening hours (inc. Bank Holidays):

Summer - everyday, 8am to 7:45pm (from last Sunday in March)
Winter - everyday, 9am to 5:45pm (from last Sunday in October)

Site closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Restrictions: 2 metre height restriction, 2 sections of speed bumps in use at entrance and exit, 5 mph speed limit.

Accepted: Cars with or without a single axle trailer. Vans, pick-ups under 3.5 tonnes and twin-axle trailers require a permit (maximum trailer length 4 metres long - length is measured from hitch to rear of trailer).

Hire vehicles: If using a hire vehicle, please take hire vehicle documents and waste permit with you when visiting the recycling centre.

Telephone number: 01942 825755

Slag Lane

Slag Lane, Leigh, WA3 1BZ

Opening hours (inc. Bank Holidays):

Summer - everyday, 8am to 7:45pm (from last Sunday in March)
Winter - everyday, 9am to 5:45pm (from last Sunday in October)

Site closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Restrictions: 2 metre height restriction, 5 mph speed limit.

Accepted: Cars with or with out a single-axle trailer. Vans, pick-ups under 3.5 tonnes and twin-axle trailers require a permit (maximum trailer length 3 metres long - length is measured from hitch to rear of trailer).

Hire vehicles: If using a hire vehicle, please take hire vehicle documents and waste permit with you when visiting the recycling centre.

Note: You may experience some delays whilst on site as regular essential works are carried out on a daily basis.

Telephone number: 01942 261633 or 07714 830260

Chanters Industrial Estate

Chanters Industrial Estate, Atherton, M46 9FF

Opening hours (inc. Bank Holidays):

Summer - everyday, 8am to 7:45pm (from last Sunday in March)
Winter - everyday, 9am to 5:45pm (from last Sunday in October)

Site closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Restrictions: 2 metre height restriction, 5 mph speed limit.

Accepted: Cars with or with out a single-axle trailer. Vans, pick-ups under 3.5 tonnes and twin-axle trailers require a permit (maximum trailer length 3 metres long - length is measured from hitch to rear of trailer).

Hire vehicles: If using a hire vehicle, please take hire vehicle documents and waste permit with you when visiting the recycling centre.

Note: You may experience some delays whilst on site as regular essential works are carried out on a daily basis.

Telephone number: 01942 897949

Items that can be recycled at the centres

To ensure your items are recycled correctly, please separate your waste before you visit a recycling centre.

Paper, Glass, Plastic

  • Paper
  • Card (no glitter)
  • Cardboard
  • Telephone directories
  • Books
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, pots and tubs
  • Hard plastics
  • Media (CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray)

Foil, Cans, Metal

  • Foil
  • Cans
  • Aerosols
  • Scrap metal (ferrous and non-ferrous)

Appliances, Bulbs, Batteries

  • Small electrical appliances (kettles, toasters etc.)
  • Large domestic appliances (washing machines, dryers etc.)
  • Fridges and freezers (any domestic fridge/freezer up to maximum size of American-style upright fridge) Please remove all items from fridge/freezers beforehand.
  • Televisions and computer monitors
  • Mobile phones
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Eco bulbs and traditional bulbs
  • Household batteries

Building materials, Garden

  • Plasterboard (monitoring system in place)
  • Wood and timber
  • Garden waste (no food waste - please place in your green bin)
  • Soil, hardcore and rubble (monitoring system in place). Rubble also includes:
    Bricks/Breeze Blocks
    Concrete
    Gravel
    Paving Slabs
    Sanitaryware (ceramic, porcelain, toilet, sink, shower trays, bidets, cisterns etc.)
    Slates
    Stone
    Tarmac
    Tiles
    Crockery

Hazardous waste

Car

  • Car batteries
  • Used engine oil
  • Tyres (maximum of 4 x car tyres)

Other

  • Mixed textiles, clothes and duvets
  • Mattresses
  • Carpets
  • Shoes
  • Cooking oil
  • Print cartridges

Please note: Petrol and Diesel are not accepted at any of the recycling centres.

Access restrictions

  • 5 mph speed limit at all sites
  • Tipping machines cannot be used
  • Pedestrians cannot carry waste onto sites
  • Access to sites will be removed for people using abusive or intimidating behaviour
  • Access to sites will be removed for people misusing the waste recycling permits

Local recycling points 

Full or damaged recycling points

If you find a recycling point that is full or damaged, you should report it to the relevant organisation. See contact details below:

  • The glass recycling banks are serviced by Glass Recycling (UK), call 01226 727298 or email bob@glassrecycle.co.uk
  • Clothing/shoe banks are serviced by different charities and the contact details should be displayed on the bank itself. If there are no contact details provided, you can contact the waste and recycling team with the location of the bank and the type of recycling it's used for
  • Can recycling banks are serviced by Wigan Council, you can contact the waste and recycling team with the location of the bank.
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