Coronavirus: Waste services

Household Waste Recycling Centres

(Updated 10 July 2020)

Fifteen of our sixteen recycling centres around the county are open.

Guidance for visiting the recycling centres:

Essential visits only

Recycling centres are being provided for where it is essential that rubbish is removed from the home. Do not visit a recycling centre if you are self isolating or showing any symptoms of COVID 19.

Bring one type of waste only

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.

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.

Vans, hire vans and trailers

Vans, hire vans and trailers (including single axle trailers) must have an appointment. Only cars will be allowed access to the recycling centres without an appointment.

Book appointment for a van or trailer

Further information

We have provided further information below. If you have questions in relation to doorstep collections, please visit your district/borough council website. 

Our recycling centres are open as follows:

  • Altham - 7 days a week - 9am-5pm
  • Barnoldswick - Thursday to Monday - 9am-5pm
  • Burnley - 7 days a week - 9am-5pm
  • Burscough - Thursday to Monday - 9am-5pm
  • Carnforth - Thursday to Monday 9-5pm
  • Chorley - 7 days a week - 9am-5pm
  • Clitheroe - Friday to Tuesday - 9am-5pm
  • Farington - 7 days a week - 9am-5pm
  • Fleetwood - 7 days a week - 9am-5pm
  • Haslingden - Thursday to Monday 9-5pm
  • Lancaster - 7 days a week - 9am-5pm
  • Longridge - Wednesday to Sunday 9-5pm
  • Lytham - 7 days a week - 9am-5pm
  • Preston - 7 days a week - 9am -5pm
  • Skelmersdale - 7 days a week - 9am–5pm

The Garstang Community Recycling and Reuse Centre, which operates in a different way to the other sites, with a focus on selling recycled items, alongside a limited waste and recycling service, will remain closed for now.

The Reuse Shop at Preston Recycling Centre will also remain closed.


Social distancing requirements are such that visitor capacity is extremely limited. To reduce the potential for congestion whilst limiting the number of people on site at any given time, vans, and vehicles towing a trailer, must make an appointment to visit. You do not need a permit.

All trailers must have the same registration plate as the vehicle towing it.

Hire vans

All vans visiting a household waste recycling centre must book an appointment and provide the vehicle registration number of the vehicle to be used.

If you intend to visit using a hire van, please speak to your hire company to obtain the vehicle registration number of the vehicle before booking an appointment.

Standard domestic pickups can use a recycling centre without an appointment. A standard domestic pickup is one which is used primarily for personal use and has not been modified to have a greater carrying capacity. Any other pickup should make an appointment.

Traditional camper vans, with windows around the vehicle, can also use a recycling centre without appointment. However, larger vehicles such as motor homes must make an appointment to visit.

You can visit a recycling centre on a motorbike or scooter (not mobility scooters) as long as your waste can be transported safely.

We are not accepting pedestrians on our recycling centres at this time.

Only bring one type of waste on each visit. You will not be able to walk freely around the recycling centre as you could previously and wherever possible we are trying to ensure customers only need to use one skip. If you bring more than one waste type you will be on site, and have to wait, for longer.

Depending on the type of waste you have brought you will be directed to the relevant tipping bay once it is free. Please remain in your car until you are parked in your allocated tipping bay.

Staff will not be able to help you with your rubbish. You must handle all of the rubbish you bring yourself. If you bring large or bulky items you must bring someone with you to help you lift them. If you don't you will be asked to take the items away with you.

We recommend that people with mobility issues, or those that cannot take their waste up steps themselves, visit one of our split-level facilities, which are:

  • Carnforth
  • Lancaster
  • Preston
  • Farington
  • Chorley
  • Altham
  • Burnley

We will not currently accept construction and demolition waste, also known as inert waste, and plaster, plasterboard, soil or asbestos. These aren't classed as household waste and would need staff intervention which cannot be provided due to social distancing requirements. The permit system allowing people to bring limited amounts of this waste will not be operating. 

Asbestos wrapping materials will not be provided until we start to accept asbestos again.

Please be kind to our recycling centre staff. Lancashire County Council operates a zero tolerance policy for aggressive, abusive or threatening behaviour. Action will be taken against anyone who is abusive or aggressive which may include permanent exclusion from all of our recycling centres. 

Please do not leave any waste outside the recycling centres, outside closed charity shops or elsewhere – leaving waste outside recycling centres, or anywhere else, is  fly-tipping and is a criminal offence for which you may be prosecuted.

Fly-tipping is punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates' Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.


If you are self-isolating or feeling ill, put any potentially infected items like used tissues or cleaning cloths into separate plastic bags and double-bag them. These bags should then be put aside for at least 72 hours (3 days) before you put them out into your kerbside waste bin.

Don't put masks, gloves or other personal protective equipment (PPE) in the recycling. They cannot be recycled. Throw them in the bin instead.

Continue to wash your hands regularly, maintaining good hygiene when handling your rubbish and recycling and keep your distance when the workers are doing their collections

Remember to wash your hands and clean the handles of your bins and boxes before and after you put them out for collection.

The crew will have touched all of the bins on your street and won't be able to change their gloves between each bin or box. So keep yourself, and them, safe by following this simple guidance.