Waste and recycling centres

Advance Notice

The winter opening hours will take effect from the last Sunday in October.

Kirkless, Makerfield Way, Higher Ince, WN2 2PR

Opening hours (includes Bank Holidays):

Summer everyday 8am to 7:45pm (from the last Sunday in March)

Winter everyday 9am to 5:45pm (from the last Sunday in October)

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

Restrictions: 2 metre height restriction, 2 sections of speed bumps in use at the 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 - please note the length is measured from the hitch to the rear of trailer).

Hire vehicles: If you are using a hire vehicle please ensure you take your hire vehicle documents with you when you visit the recycling centre.

Slag Lane, Leigh, WA3 1BZ, and Chanters Industrial Estate, Atherton, M46 9FF

Opening hours (includes Bank Holidays):

Summer everyday 8am to 7:45pm (from the last Sunday in March)

Winter everyday 9am to 5:45pm (from the last Sunday in October)

Sites closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Restrictions: 2 metre height restriction, 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 3 metres long for Chanters and for Slag Lane - please note the length is measured from the hitch to the rear of trailer).

Hire vehicles: If you are using a hire vehicle please ensure you take your hire vehicle documents with you when you visit the recycling centre.

Items that can be recycled at the centres

  • Paper, cardboard, telephone directories, and cards (no glitter)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Foil, cans and aerosols
  • Plastic bottles, pots and tubs
  • Mixed textiles, clothes and duvets
  • Shoes
  • Books and media
  • Scrap metals (ferrous and non-ferrous)
  • Hard plastics
  • Small electrical appliances (kettles, toasters etc.)
  • Large domestic appliances (washing machines, tumble dryers etc.)
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Televisions and computer monitors
  • Fluorescent tubes, eco bulbs and traditional incandescent bulbs
  • Household batteries
  • Soil, hardcore and rubble - small amounts - maximum of 6 x 25kg rubble bags (or equivalent to 150kgs) per month (monitoring system in place)
  • Wood and timber
  • Cooking oil
  • Plasterboard (monitoring system in place)
  • Garden waste (no food waste)
  • Used engine oil, tyres and car batteries
  • Paint
  • Gas bottles
  • Carpets
  • Mattresses
  • Print cartridges
  • Mobile phones
  • Asbestos (only accepted at Kirkless Household Waste and Recycling Centre. An appointment must be arranged beforehand - please call 01942 825755).

Trade waste is not accepted at these sites.

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.

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