Residents encouraged to ‘recycle more, recycle right’ at their local centre

15 Sep 2017 13:47

If you have been down to the Kirkless, Slag Lane and Chanters Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) recently you might have wondered why the team there have been intercepting and splitting black bags.

It’s all part of Wigan Council’s drive to recycle as much as possible in the area and since starting the bag splitting trials in January, Wigan Council and its partners FCC Environment  have been able to recycle an additional 222,105.13kg of material that might have otherwise gone to waste.

This has helped to take the council’s overall recycling rate at the household recycling sites to 63.28% , an improvement of 8 % on last year.

The overall recycling rate for the borough is still under target at 43% and needs to reach 50% by 2020, which the new three weekly collections will contribute to, so it’s important residents recycle more and do it right.

Materials the team is on the lookout for include:

  • electric items such as hairdryers, electric food whisks
  • textiles including clothes, bedding, towels
  • missed metals including saucepans and bike parts
  • brass including ornaments
  • cardboard from delivery boxes and Amazon parcels
  • wire and copper from household DIY
  • steel and aluminium, not just from food cans which can be recycled at home
  • paper including wrapping paper, printer paper, newsletter
  • hard plastics from drainpipes to old toys
  • wood from indoors and outdoors
  • plugs and sockets from household DIY chores
  • books, video, dvd and cd’s
  • old paint tin
  • batteries

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment, said: “We need to recycle as much as we can so officers will rummage in the bags to ensure everything that can be recycled is recycled. Once a bag has been deposited in the general waste tip that’s it. Especially with the new collections coming in residents need to be recycling more and recycling right. There is lots of advice and support available if people are struggling.”

"The public has shown some concern about whether we are checking up on them” says Tony Waterworth, FCC Environments’ Site Business Manager “but as soon as we explain that it’s all about recycling more, they understand and we always have a chat as we rummage in the bags.

So next time you take a trip to the tip, take part in the Black Bag Bonanza and let us help you recycle as much as we can.

Visit your local 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.

For more information about recycling and the new collections visit

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