Community Recycling Centres

All of our community recycling centres are open.

Stockton Heath opening times

During spring/summer (April to September)

  • Weekdays: 10am - 4pm
  • Weekends and bank holidays: 8am - 6pm

During autumn/winter (October to March)

  • Weekdays: 10am - 4pm
  • Weekends and bank holidays: 8am - 4pm

Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Gatewarth opening times

8am - 6pm throughout the year.

Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Woolston opening times

  • Weekdays: 10am - 4pm
  • Weekends and bank holidays: 8am - 6pm

Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.


CRC checklist

Please only visit our CRCs if you have an essential need to dispose of household waste. There are restrictions and traffic management in place on site, so we’d ask you to only travel to the recycling centre if you are unable to store your household waste at home.

  • Access by car only, strictly no pedestrians. Vans, vehicle trailers or commercial type vehicles will require a recycling permit, please see vans, trailers and large vehicles below 
  • Only one person is permitted per car, unless you are a blue badge holder – in which case you can have another person in your car with you
  • Please be aware that our staff are not be able to help with unloading or lifting items, so only take to the tip what you can safely dispose of yourself
  • We're accepting all types of household waste/recyclables
  • We are operating a one-in, one-out system to ensure people can dispose of their waste safely, so expect queues
  • To help prevent people travelling to the CRC from outside Warrington, we will need you to provide evidence of your address, so please take a recent utility bill, council tax bill or proof of address to display in your car windscreen
  • Please keep your distance from others when on site, and be considerate and patient with one another
  • If you are abusive or intimidating, you will be removed from the CRC
  • There will be comprehensive traffic management in place on site. Queues are expected and residents may be asked to leave and return later

Even with these measures in place, we anticipate that queuing times will be higher than usual. Please bear this in mind when considering your visit.

Vans, trailers and large vehicles

Vehicles more than 3.5 tonnes, and trailers bigger than 3 metres in length or 1.5 metres in width, aren't allowed at all.

If you do want to use a van, or other commercial-type vehicle, or a vehicle pulling a trailer, you will need a recycling centre permit.

Permits are free and are available for our Gatewarth site. They require 48 hours notice to process and are issued on an appointment basis for an agreed date between specific hours of operation.

How to apply

Call us on 01925 442527 between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You’ll need to tell us:

  • How many times you plan to visit – you can only visit up to three times in a 12 month period
  • What date you want to visit
  • What items you need to get rid of, and how much – you’ll only be allowed to tip the items detailed on your permit
  • The make, model and registration number of the vehicle you’ll be using

Make sure you bring your permit number with you, plus proof of your address such as your driving licence or a recent utility bill.

Help keep our sites safe

Anyone in self-isolation or with any COVID-19 symptoms must not visit any of the community recycling centres under any circumstances.

If households have had COVID-19 symptoms, waste should be left for at least 72 hours before disposal and personal waste should be safely double bagged. Please place this in your normal bin collection if you can.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to book a slot to visit the site?

No, we will not be operating a booking system.

However, if you have a van, or other commercial-type vehicle, or a vehicle pulling a trailer, you will need a recycling centre permit. Permits take 48 hours to process and you will be given a date and time to visit the Gatewarth site to dispose of your waste. 


Will the site be busy?

We expect sites to be busy, so if your waste can wait, we’d advise postponing your visit for now.


How many cars will be allowed on site?

There will be restrictions in place and only a small number of cars will be allowed on site at any one time. Please follow staff instructions and we will be operating a one in, one out system when the site gets busy.


What can I bring to the site?

We are accepting the full range of household waste and recyclable materials, although we would be grateful if you only come to dispose of household waste that can’t be safely stored at home. This is to ensure that queues at the site are kept as short as possible and that household waste that cannot be safely stored at home can be taken for disposal.


Can I walk onto the site?

We’re only accepting cars – no pedestrians.


Will anyone be able to help me unload my waste?

No. Don’t bring large or heavy items – staff won’t be able to help you unload your car. Please only take what items you can manage to dispose of yourself.


Is the permit scheme operational on site?

Yes - permits are available for vans, or other commercial-type vehicles, or a vehicle pulling a trailer, which can be used at our Gatewarth site.


Can I come to site in a van or bring a large trailer?

Vans, large trailers and commercial vehicles are only allowed at our Gatewarth site and you must apply for a permit.

We are keeping this process under review and hope to be able to start to provide access for these types of vehicles at other sites in the near future.


I have a small trailer (less than two metres), can I bring that to the site?

No - small trailers (those less than two metres) that do not usually need a permit will not be allowed on site.


How many people can be in the car?

One person per car to visit the site. If you need someone else to drive the car (for example blue badge holders) or need help with your waste, one person from your household can accompany you. However only one person will be allowed out of the car to dispose of the waste.


Can I bring my children with me?

Do not bring children to site unless you really have to. If you do bring children they will not be allowed to leave the car. Please also consider possible queuing times.


Are there any traffic restrictions at the site or on the surrounding roads?

There will be queues and there may be restrictions on the highways and roads leading up to the site. There will be traffic marshals and we ask people to adhere to any advice they may give.

Bin collections and waste

Bin collections are running as usual, you can check the date of your next collection on our website.

You can help keep the collection services efficiently by collapsing your waste and packaging before placing it in the bins, so please squash boxes, cartons and plastic bottles. This will reduce the need for separate bags of waste.