"Sorting saves time and will help us to recycle more this summer" say the team at Wigan Borough's Household Waste Recycling Sites

29 Jun 2017 13:23

Whilst some people plan a trip to the “tip” with military precision saving everything for just one visit and squeezing as much into the car as they can and others opt for ‘little and often’ popping in with a few items of recycling en-route to the shops, spare a thought for the men and women who are on site to help you.

The site operatives who work at the Kirkless, Slag Lane and Chanters Household Waste Recycling Centres are not only there to keep members of the public safe but also to make sure as much of the material the public brings in is recycled, and on a busy day that is no mean feat.

So FCC Environment, who look after the recycling centres for Wigan Council, is asking the residents of Wigan Borough to work with them this year to help increase the recycling rate across the borough by sorting as much as they can at home to make recycling easier and to minimise the amount of time each visit to site takes.

We are asking the public to pre-sort materials at home so when they arrive on site it is as easy as possible to unload the different items into the right containers and to get on their way swiftly.

Items broadly break down into the following materials:

  • Small electrical items such as kettles or toasters, electric toothbrushes or shavers
  • Larger electrical items such as tv's, fridges, microwaves, washing machines and computing equipment
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Carpets
  • Falling apart furniture, from inside your home or from the garden
  • Grass cuttings, we'll even take your weeds and plant clippings
  • Mattresses
  • Cooking Oil
  • Telephone directories/old catalogues
  • Scrap metal including old saucepans
  • Paint tins
  • Batteries & light bulbs

“We work hard to get the public through the site as quickly and safely as we can” said Site Business Manager Tony Waterworth of FCC Environment “but it is often the case that people arrive on site and spend a little while separating items in the boot to be able to place them into the right container. With a little pre-planning, residents will be on their way much quicker and we will be able to recover as much for recycling as we can.”

Cllr Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for the environment, said: “By residents sorting their recycling materials at home it can make trips to the recycling centres much quicker. By recycling more, and recycling right, residents are doing their bit to help us not only hit our recycling targets but they’re more importantly doing their bit for the environment. Don’t forget items such as clothing can also be donated to a local charity shop and reused.”

Visit your local Waste and Recycling Centre:

Kirkless, Makerfield Way, Higher Ince, WN2 2PRSlag Lane, Leigh, WA3 1BZChanters 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, everyday 8:00am to 7:45pm

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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