Household waste recycling centres

Coronavirus - Information about waste services

Following the latest Government advice Lancashire County Council will be reopening recycling centres (external link) across Lancashire, by appointment only, from Friday 15 May 2020. 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


What you can take

  • Green garden waste
  • Newspapers, magazines, paper and cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars, cans and plastic bottles
  • Electronic equipment
  • Wood
  • Scrap metal
  • Textiles, clothes and shoes
  • Fridges/freezers
  • Household and car batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Rubble and hardcore (please be aware that you are now required to obtain a free annual inert waste permit (external link) before you go)

For more information: phone 0300 123 6781 or visit Household Waste Recycling Centres (external link) 

Hazardous waste

For information and guidance on the safe disposal of hazardous waste, please visit the county council's hazardous waste page (external link).


If you use a van, certain types of commercial vehicles or a trailer, or if you wish to recycle inert waste you must apply for a free permit before you visit a recycling centre.

There are three types of permits available:

  • Recyclable waste permit
  • General waste permit
  • Inert waste permit

To find out more or to apply for a permit, visit the the county council's waste permit page (external link).