Household waste recycling centres


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

George Street West, Blackburn

Spring Vale Road, Darwen

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

Before you visit

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

Residents only use

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 1 February 2019, a resident’s permit will be required to dispose of construction and DIY inert waste. A permit can be applied for from 3 January 2019.

Find out more about 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​.

Van or trailer permits

If you use a van to move rubbish, you will need a permit to enter the household waste recycling centre.

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.​​​​