"Let's talk rubbish" say staff Wigan Borough's recycling centres

12 Jan 2018 11:04

Do you ever wonder what happens to the contents of the black bags you take to the Kirkless, Slag Lane and Chanters Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s)?
For a year now, the onsite team there have been intercepting and splitting black bags as part of a drive to recycle as much as possible in the area.
But, since the festive season came to an end, the team have been ‘talking rubbish’ as more and more of our food waste is finding its way into the bags we are taking to the tip and that is not only making it hard for the team to pull out recyclable materials but in some cases it is contaminating the recyclable materials making them unfit to be made into something new. We also spend a lot of time going through black bags.
“Since starting the bag splitting trials in January 2017, Wigan Council has been able to recycle an additional 222,105 kg of material that might have otherwise gone to waste” said says Tony Waterworth, FCC Environments’ Site Business Manager “so in 2018 we are asking residents to put food waste into their green bins  and take out any items that can be recycled from black bags they take to the tip so we can focus our energy on providing help and advice and  recycling as much as we can which reduces landfill costs and is good for our environment
Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Thank you to residents for recycling more, recycling right as part of The Deal. We have already seen an increase in our recycling rates but we still need to do more to reach our targets.
“Recycling food and garden waste in the green bin is really important as it saves that waste from going to landfill and it has an important role to play in helping grow our future food.
“Crucially, recycling correctly using all three recycling bins will save space in your black bin. The black bin should be a last resort for items that cannot be recycled.”
Residents are reminded that our Household Waste Recycling Centres can be exceptionally busy, particularly in peak hours between 10am and 3pm, so are advised to visit outside of these hours to avoid queues.
To further reduce queues residents can also help by pre-sorting their recycling at home before they get on site.
Visit your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre:
Kirkless, Makerfield Way, Higher Ince, WN2 2PR Slag Lane, Leigh, WA3 1BZ Chanters Industrial Estate, Atherton, M46 9FF
Please check the wide range of items that can be recycled before attending site, log on to for more information.
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)
Cars with or without a single axle trailer are accepted. Vans, pick-ups under 3.5 tonnes and twin-axle trailers require a permit. If using a hire vehicles. Please take hire documents and waste permit with you when visiting the centre. All sites have a 2m height restriction and 5mph speed limit.
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