Wigan Recycling Centre Rules 

18 March, 2022

Wigan Recycling Centre Rules 

Recycling rules are a lot like navigating public transport with a hangover – confusing, frustrating, and a little bit overwhelming. But we’re here to change that! We’ve laid out what you can and can’t recycle, as well as some general bin rules that may have been lost in translation. With this handy guide, you’ll be a Wigan recycling centre genius in no time!

According to Wigan Council:

Here’s what you CAN put into your recycling bins:

Blue bin / white sack: 

  • Office paper 
  • Junk mail 
  • Catalogues, brochures, directories 
  • Newspapers and magazines 
  • Envelopes 
  • Greeting cards (without glitter) 
  • Cardboard 
  • Kitchen and loo roll tubes

Brown bin: 

  • Cans, tins, empty aerosols 
  • Glass bottles and jars 
  • Plastic bottles 
  • Yogurt pots
  • Household plastic pots and tubes 
  • Aluminium foil 

Green bin / green caddy: 

Here’s what CANNOT go into your recycling bins: 

Blue bin/white sack: 

  • Nappies 
  • Sanitary products 
  • Food 
  • Plastic bags, wrappers, and trays 
  • Polystyrene 
  • Hardback and paperback books 
  • Crisp packets 
  • Wallpaper 
  • Greeting cards with glitter 

Brown bin: 

  • Plastic bags, wrapping, and film 
  • Coat hangers 
  • Plant pots 
  • Furniture and toys 
  • Food 
  • Nappies  
  • Sanitary products 
  • Foil type food sachets 
  • Coffee pods 
  • Electrical items 
  • Hosepipes, wires 
  • Wine and beverage glasses 
  • Windowpane glass 

Green bin/green caddy: 

  • Cardboard 
  • Branches larger than 15cm in diameter 
  • Soil 
  • Rubber 
  • Food packaging 
  • Liquid oils and fat 
  • Liquid dairy products like milk, cream, or yogurt 
  • Plastic bags 

Here are a few extra pointers to keep in mind when sorting out your waste for Wigan Recycling Centre

When disposing of your food waste, it can go directly into your green bins, so you don’t have to worry about always having compostable liners on hand. Your council should also supply you with a small, silver kitchen caddy to make disposing of food waste clean and easy. 

For more of Wigan Council’s recycling details, check out their website.     

We hope this helps uncomplicate Wigan recycling centre rules and makes it easier to sort through your waste. We know recycling isn’t the answer to the waste crisis, but it’s a step in the right direction. Happy recycling!

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*This information is up to date as of the 29th of August 2023.