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Every year an estimated 2 million tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is discarded in the UK, residents of the borough can dispose of their WEEE at our Kirkless, Slag Lane and Chanters Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) where it will be recycled into new things.

WEEE includes most products that have a plug or need a battery. There are seven broad categories of WEEE that apply to households:

  • Large household appliances e.g. fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines and dishwashers
  • Small household appliances e.g. vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters and clocks
  • IT and telecommunications equipment – e.g. computers, printers, telephones and pocket calculators
  • Consumer equipment e.g. radios, televisions, hi-fi equipment, camcorders ad musical instruments
  • Lighting equipment e.g. straight and compact fluorescent tubes and high intensity discharge lamps
  • Electrical and electronic tools – e.g. drills, saws and sewing machines, electric lawnmowers
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment e.g. electric trains, games consoles and running machines

Larger household appliances account for over 40% of WEEE but there are large volumes of other equipment such as TV’s, vacuum cleaners, computers, kettles and electrical tools.

DID YOU KNOW: over two million TV’s are discarded each year?

Such items contain a wide variety of valuable materials. An average TV for example contains 6% metal and 50% glass, whereas a cooker is 89% metal and 6% glass. Other recyclable materials include plastics, ceramics and precious metals.

Paul Barton, Director for Environment at Wigan Council, said: “We collect approximately 1450 tonnes of small electricals and household appliances each year which we recycle. We would encourage residents to have a bit of a spring clean and bring in all of their old electrical items for recycling or for correct disposal as we aim to recycle more, recycle right as part of The Deal. We have already seen an increase in our recycling rates but we still need to do more.”

To further reduce queues residents can also help by pre-sorting their recycling at home before they get on site.

Visit your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre:

Kirkless, Makerfield Way, Higher Ince, WN2 2PR

Slag Lane, Leigh, WA3 1BZ

Chanters Industrial Estate, Atherton, M46 9FF

Please check the wide range of items that can be recycled before attending site, log on to  for more information.

Opening hours, inc Bank Holidays:

Summer – everyday, 8am to 7:45pm (from last Sunday in March)

Winter – everyday, 9am to 5:45pm (from last Sunday in October)

Cars with or without a single axle trailer are accepted. Vans, pick-ups under 3.5 tonnes and twin-axle trailers require a permit. If using a hire vehicles. Please take hire documents and waste permit with you when visiting the centre. All sites have a 2m height restriction and 5mph speed limit.

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