Waste and recycling centres

Waste and recycling centres → 

Abusive behaviour will not be tolerated, please respect all members of staff.

Open seven days a week from 8am to 7:45pm

  • No trailers are allowed on site.
  • All van shaped vehicles, camper vans, minibuses and pickup vehicles require a free waste permit
  • Please sort your waste before attending site
  • Driving licence is required for proof of Wigan Borough residency
  • Only adults to unload. Please keep children and pets inside the vehicle
  • Limited physical assistance provided by staff*
  • Respect our staff. Abuse will not be tolerated
  • No pedestrian access
  • Keep your distance
  • Residents visiting Slag Lane are advised to approach the site from the Lowton side.

*If you have any heavy or large items to unload, please bring extra assistance with you to the Recycling Centre

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

  • Due to safety concerns queueing outside of the site will be restricted, residents may be asked to leave and return at a later time
  • If you have medical waste this should be placed in your black bin and the excess general waste brought to site.

Apply for a waste recycling permit

Permits can be applied for on the same day you wish to take your waste, as they will be sent to your computer or mobile device within 2 hours of making your order online.

A waste permit allows you ONE visit to the recycling centre. You can request 2 types of permits:

*Garden waste permit is for large gardens or gardens with a large amount of trees that regularly exceeds two green bins’ worth of waste or regular visits to the Recycling Centres. If you have a small amount of garden which exceeds one bins worth then please apply for a standard waste permit and select garden waste from the drop down menu.

To find out more:


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

KirklessMakerfield Way, Higher Ince, WN2 2PR01942 825755

Slag LaneLeigh, WA3 1BZ01942 261633

Chanters Chanters Industrial Estate, Atherton, M46 9BP01942 897949

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.

Abusive behaviour towards members of staff will not be tolerated and may result in being denied access to any of the recycling centres.

Accepted: All van shaped vehicles, camper vans, minibuses and tipper vehicles will require a free waste permit before attending site.

No trailers of any type will be accepted

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

Hire vehicles: Hire your vehicle then order your free waste recycling permit. When attending the recycling centre, please take the hire vehicle documents, waste permit and driving licence with you.

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
    Paving Slabs
    Sanitaryware (ceramic, porcelain, toilet, sink, shower trays, bidets, cisterns etc.)

Hazardous waste


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


  • 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.

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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