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.

The recycling centres will accept household rubbish delivered by:

  • A car (the car can be towing a single axle trailer up to 3m long)
  • A van** (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 

**For the purposes of the permit scheme a van is:

  • Any vehicle without side rear windows
  • Any flat-back vehicle
  • Any pickup vehicle

If you visit a recycling centre with a van towing a trailer (double or single axle) and there is waste in both the van and the trailer, you will need two permits. 

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 will not be allowed to deposit rubbish at a Lancashire County Council recycling centre.

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