Household waste recycling centres (tips, dumps)

Service information

Important changes

Residents only use

From Friday, February 1 2019 proof that you live in the borough will need to be shown to the site staff before you are allowed to dispose of waste. Proof of residency includes one of the following:

  • your current Council tax bill
  • your driving licence
  • your current mortgage, bank or credit card statement

Permit to dispose of construction and DIY inert waste

From Friday, February 1 2019 a resident’s permit will be required to dispose of construction and DIY inert waste. A permit can be applied for from Thursday, January 3 2019. Find out more on the disposal of construction and DIY inert waste.

Opening times

Sites are open everyday (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) at the following times:

  • 8am - 7pm 1 April - 30 September
  • 8am - 5pm 1 October - 31 March
  • Blackburn and Darwen sites are closed one day a week:

    • Darwen: Tuesday
    • Blackburn: Wednesday​


There are recycling centres (tips) in both Blackburn and Darwen.

George Street West Blackburn - BB2 1PQ

Spring Vale Road Darwen - BB3 2ES

Before you visit

Please separate out your rubbish for recycling before you visit the site - this saves money on burying recyclable items and helps protect our environment.

With your help we are recycling about 70% of all refuse taken to these sites.

Van or trailer permits

If you use a van to move rubbish, you will need a permit to enter the HWRC.

Find out more about permits and how to apply

Battery recycling

Some high street stores will now take back used batteries to recycle. Please ask store staff if you cannot see a collection container in the store.​​​​

Contact details

Mail Blackburn - George Street West. BB2 1PQ Darwen - Spring Vale Road. BB3 2ES
Phone Number(s) Blackburn - 01254 698025 Darwen - 01254 760414
Fax Number(s)  
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