Tips, dumps & recycling centres: tip opening times and van/trailer permits

Service information

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 come

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

Recycling 'bank' sites

The Council also manages a number of recycling sites on car parks across Blackburn with Darwen. Below you will find a list of these sites and what you can recycle at each site.

Site Paper Cans Shoes Textiles Glass
Little Harwood Community Centre Yes
Rock Lane Tockholes Yes
Asda, Blackburn Yes Yes Yes

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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