Recycling centre access policy

The council operates an access policy at all its recycling centres. The access policy helps to reduce congestion, increase safety and prevent trade waste being deposited illegally.

Access policy changes

The council's access policy is still in place with the following amendments:

  • All of our permit schemes are currently suspended but anyone delivering waste in a van or using a trailer needs to book an appointment in advance of their visit
  • Standard domestic pick-ups do not need an appointment
  • Single axle trailers are included in the access policy and require an appointment
  • Pedestrian access is temporarily prohibited

The recycling centres will accept household rubbish delivered by:

  • A car with or without a single axle trailer (up to 3m long)
  • A van or trade vehicle (with no more than 4 wheels) with a permit
  • A twin axle trailer (up to 3m long) with a permit
  • A pedestrian with a permit

A van is:

  • Any vehicle without side rear windows
  • Any flat-back vehicle excluding standard domestic pick-ups

The length of a trailer refers to the area used to carry the waste, not the rear lights or the towing mechanism.

The recycling centres will not accept household rubbish delivered by:

  • Any vehicle with more than four wheels
  • Any tipper vehicle
  • Any trailer more than 3 metres long
  • Any vehicle carrying trade waste

It is illegal to deposit trade waste at our recycling centres. Waste generated in connection with any trade or business activity will not be accepted. 

Please Note: The three recycling centres operated by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Blackpool Borough Council may operate different access policies.

Book appointment for a van or trailer