Coronavirus: Waste services

Household Waste Recycling Centres

(Updated 19 October)

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. 

Inert waste and asbestos

Construction and demolition waste, also known as inert waste, and plaster, plasterboard is not accepted at this time. We are accepting correctly wrapped asbestos (this is not part of the inert waste scheme). We are constantly reviewing site operations and will accept inert waste when it becomes safe to do so.

Permit schemes

All our permit schemes are currently suspended at our recycling centres. This includes:

  • Inert waste permit (required for all types of vehicles). 
  • Recyclable waste permit
  • General waste permit
  • Charity permits 
  • Pedestrian permits

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
  • Garstang – Friday ONLY – 9am–5pm

The reuse shops at Preston and Garstang recycling centres are closed until further notice.

Garstang CRRC will re-open one day per week, on Fridays ONLY, from Friday 25 September 2020. All of the instructions for use of our other recycling centres will apply at Garstang. This includes the need for those visiting in vans or with a trailer to make an appointment (available to book for Fridays from Saturday 26 September).

Due to the way our appointment system is configured to work across our wider network appointments for vans and trailers at Garstang will be available to book on the appointment system on Saturday, Sunday and Monday's for visits the following Friday. On any other day the appointment system will state that there are no appointments available.

Please be aware that Garstang CRRC does not accept general (non-recyclable) rubbish. View the types of waste that is accepted at Garstang.

The re-use shop at Garstang will remain closed until further notice and items donated for re-use will not currently be accepted.

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, or soil. 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 inert waste will not be operating. 

Due to the need to social distance on sites we have had to reconfigure our operations and on many sites inert waste skips have had to be removed to accommodate queuing traffic or provide holding areas. We cannot have documents changing hands as we did previously and as a result inert waste is one of the wastes (along with plaster/plasterboard) that we don't feel we can accommodate safely whilst we have the need to distance customers from each other and staff.

We are now accepting correctly wrapped asbestos (this is not part of the inert waste scheme).

We are constantly reviewing site operations and will accept inert waste when it becomes safe to do so.

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.