Wigan’s first up-cycling shop – The Brick ReWorks, 52 Market Street, Wigan, WN1 1HX


Wigan Council and FCC Environment run the three household recycling centres in the borough. They have partnered with The Brick, a Wigan charity which supports people who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt, in order to help residents in Wigan reduce their waste. They have opened an Up-cycling Shop where people can drop in, ask questions about where things go when they get dumped, and get inspiration of how to be creative with things that they might otherwise throw away. Hopefully this will help Wigan along the way to reducing the amount of rubbish being burnt or sent to landfill.

FCC Environments’ Regional Director Kristian Dales said “From now on, at our three recycling facilities in Kirkless, Chanters and Slag Lane, we will be proactively separating out the items that are brought in but that could be re-sold or up-cycled so that they can go on to have a new life and help those less fortunate. These items will be passed on to The Brick so that the can be used again. It’s really simple but we hope it will work to generate less waste and help to support those in need.”

Open from today, Thursday 6th September, residents will be able to pop in and have a look about the kind of items that are typically bought into the recycling centre but could go on to have a whole new life. The shop will stay open for the foreseeable future, at least until the end of the year. Opening hours will be Monday 10-4, Wednesday 10-4 & Friday 10-4, with free upcycling drop ins Monday 1-3, Wednesday 1-3 and Friday 11-1 available each week. Any groups or individuals interested in workshops or holding their own group in the space should contact Alice Coren ([email protected])

Alice Coren from The Brick said “it’s great to be out in the community in this way where residents can really be hands on about what great items that people no longer want but that have a whole new life ahead of them, not everything has to be consigned to the skip if you no longer need it. We are looking forward to inspiring the people of Wigan to think about waste in a whole new way and we look forward to seeing what treasures turn up at the three recycling centres as a result.”

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 towigan.gov.uk/recycling 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.