Waste and recycling centres

Christmas opening →

All household waste recycling centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Normal opening times will be in place on all other days. All three sites are exceptionally busy between Christmas and New Year between 10am and 3pm.

If you use a car to take items to the recycling centre, no permit is required.  If you have to use a trailer or van to transport your items you may need to apply for a free permit in advance. One permit per month is available for each vehicle.

Please note that trade waste is not permitted at the recycling centres. This includes waste from traders, landlords or property developers.

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 07714830260

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)
  • 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.

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 arron@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 Waste and Recyling 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 Waste and Recyling with the location of the bank.
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