Waste and recycling centres

Summer opening hours of recycling centres

The summer opening hours will take affect from 26th March 2017.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

If you are recycling soil/hardcore/rubble, only 6 x 25kg bags per month can be deposited (monitoring system in place).

  • Paper, cards (no glitter)
  • Cardboard, telephone directories
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Foil, cans and aerosols
  • Plastic bottles, pots and tubs
  • Mixed textiles, clothes and duvets
  • Shoes
  • Books and media
  • Carpets
  • Mattresses
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Eco bulbs and traditional bulbs
  • Household batteries
  • Soil, hardcore and rubble - Only 6 x 25kg bags per month can be deposited. Rubble also includes: 
    Bricks/Breeze Blocks
    Concrete
    Gravel
    Paving Slabs
    Sanitaryware (ceramic, porcelain, toilet, sink, shower trays, bidets, cisterns etc.)
    Slates
    Stone
    Tarmac
    Tiles
  • Wood and timber
  • Garden waste (no food waste)
  • 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
  • Hard plastics
  • Cooking oil
  • Plasterboard (monitoring system in place)
  • Used engine oil and car batteries
  • Tyres (maximum of 4 x car tyres)
  • Print cartridges
  • Scrap metals (ferrous and non-ferrous)

Trade waste is not permitted at the recycling centres. This includes waste from traders, landlords or property developers.

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.

If you decide to take items to the recycling centre and need to use a trailer or van, you may need to apply for a free permit in advance. One permit per month is available for each vehicle.

Local recycling points

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