Waste and Recycling

West Lancashire bin collections during the Coronavirus pandemic

As all council staff work towards maintaining and supporting our essential services during the Coronavirus pandemic, some services have been altered.

As an essential service, our waste collection teams continue to collect during the pandemic. However, the way we work has had to change in order to adhere to government guidance on social distancing.  These temporary changes have been put into place to protect Council staff and the residents of West Lancashire. We are sorry for any inconvenience that might be caused and thank you for your patience as we work together to keep West Lancs safe.  

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Grey, blue and green bins will be emptied as usual.
  • Brown garden waste bins will be collected as usual if you have a current subscription
  • We are currently unable to launch the new garden waste subscriptions as our staff work to support essential services. We are working to return this service as soon as we are able
  • In order to maintain social distancing guidance within our teams, additional vehicles have been brought in to work alongside our usual collection vehicles. This means that it’s taking our teams a little longer than usual to complete the rounds. We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

What you can do to help:

  • Present your bins at 7am at the kerbside, unless authorised for assisted collections, to ensure that your bin is collected. We can’t come back for missed collections.
  • Waste less and recycle more using your blue bin to recycle plastics, metal and glass, and your green bin to recycle paper and cardboard.
  • Make compost out of your grass cutting or leaves if your garden waste bin is already full or you don’t have a subscription.
  • Keep hold of any bulky rubbish for now. Fly-tipping is illegal at any time. But especially right now, it diverts our essential workers from what they should be doing.
  • Wait until the next bin collection if your bin is only half-full.
  • If being at home with the children is creating more waste, why not include them in finding out what can be recycled and helping to sort it into the recycling bin. Find out more about what should go in each bin.
  • Give your refuse workers a wave if you see them out and about and make sure to keep your distance from them. They’re helping to keep all of West Lancashire safe and tidy, so let’s show them how much we all appreciate them.
  • Check on our website or follow our social media for any updates on bin collections:

The actions you are taking by staying at home and helping us to help you will save lives.  Thank you.


Household Waste Recycling Centres

Following the latest Government advice Lancashire County Council will be reopening recycling centres (external link) across Lancashire, by appointment only. This is for essential visits only.

The following recycling centres in West Lancashire will be re-opening on a limited basis.

  • Burscough - Thursday to Monday - 9am–5pm
  • Skelmersdale- 7 days a week - 9am–5pm

Lancashire County Council guidance for visiting the recycling centres:

  1. Essential visits only.Recycling centres are being provided for where it is essential that rubbish is removed from the home. Please do not book an appointment if your rubbish can be stored safely at home or disposed of through your normal bin collection. DO NOT visit a recycling centre if you are self isolating or showing any symptoms of COVID 19.
  2. You MUST pre-book an appointment. Visits will be by appointment only, subject to availability. You can use the online booking system or call our waste helpline to book a slot.
  3. Only bring one type of waste to dispose of.You will not be able to walk around the recycling centres using different containers.  Construction and demolition waste, also known as inert waste, and plaster, plasterboard or asbestos will not be accepted at this time.
  4. Cars only - no vans or trailers. Only cars will be allowed into the recycling centres, vans and trailers will not be permitted at this time. Your vehicle registration will be checked on arrival to ensure you have a valid appointment.
  5. Large and bulky items. You must be able to lift and dispose of the waste yourself or with someone accompanying you to the centre. Our staff will not be able to help you with large or bulky items due to social distancing. Please be kind to our staff, abusive or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated.

To book an appointment please visit Lancashire County Council Book an Appointment (external link)

For more information please visit Lancashire County Council Coronavirus: Waste services (external link)


Large/bulky item Collections

From Tuesday 21st April 2020 we reopened the Bulky Household Waste Collection Service. This is due to the amazing work of our staff who are working tirelessly to maintain our essential services.

This is a situation which may be subject to change in the coming weeks as we direct all of the Council's resources towards our essential services.