Waste and recycling centre permit T&Cs

Access policy for recycling centres

Wigan Council and its contractor FCC Environment operate a recycling centre access policy. This policy helps to reduce congestion, increase site safety, and prevent the illegal deposition of trade waste at the centres. On arrival at the recycling centre, the meet and greet attendant will inspect the items you wish to deposit. You will be asked to show your driving licence as proof of Wigan Borough address.

The recycling centres are for Wigan Borough residents only. The usage of the recycling centres is monitored, and suspected abuse will be investigated, and a permit may be withdrawn as a result. FCC Environment reserve the right to refuse access to anyone not complying with the access policy or attempting to deposit trade waste.

Trade waste is not permitted at any of the recycling centres, this includes waste from traders, landlords or property developers. Depositing trade waste at a Wigan Borough recycling centre may amount to the commission of a criminal offence under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Please load your vehicle safely and try to separate your waste before visiting one of the recycling centres. This will help us to re-use, recycle and compost as much of the waste as possible at the recycling centres because these treatments are almost always cheaper and better for the environment.

The health and safety of site users is our top priority. Please ensure all children and animals stay within the vehicle whilst on site.

All van shaped vehicles, camper vans, minibuses and tipper vehicle require a free waste permit.

Please note: Trailers are not permitted on any of the recycling centres.

Access restrictions 

  • Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes WILL NOT be allowed at any of the recycling centres
  • Vehicles WILL NOT be allowed to use a tipping mechanism at any of the recycling centres, they must be manually unloaded
  • Any trailers whether single or twin axled are NOT ALLOWED to use any of the recycling centres
  • Anyone deemed to be using abusive or intimidating behaviour WILL NOT be allowed to use any of the recycling centres
  • Pedestrians WILL NOT be allowed to carry waste onto any of the recycling centres.
  • Bicycles and motorbikes not accepted.

To obtain a single use waste permit you must login or register for MyAccount and select 'bins and waste'. The recycling centres are for Wigan Borough residents only to deposit waste or recycle materials from their own property. The amount brought to site should be reasonable but depends on the size of vehicle used. There is no limit, however, excessive usage will be investigated, and permit applications may be refused.

Permit monitoring

The permit system is monitored. We will review the number of visits made by individual residents and/or vehicles to the recycling centre and we may contact you if it appears that the number of visits you or your vehicle make might suggest activity more like that of a trader than a householder.


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