Visit the Brick ReWorks shop on Market Street in Wigan to see some of our upcycled furniture. Have a go at upcycling or repurposing items that otherwise would be thrown away in our creative community space.

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Community recycling sessions are on offer throughout the year across the Wigan borough. Learn what you can and can’t put in your bins in Wigan – call Alice to book on to a session phone or text 07377989250

Recycling Tips

Leave the black bags at home – Pre sort recycling before taking to your local HWRC. In Wigan black bin bags get split and sorted by hand at the recycling sites which takes lots of time and energy. Save time on your visit by pre sorting your waste at home.

Too many carrier bags under the sink at home? If you don’t want to use them again (and save 10p a time) you could donate strong bags to the Brick food community, or take them back to the supermarket – Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Tesco all have carrier bag recycling points.

Batteries? Take batteries out of old items before going to the recycling site. Batteries can be disposed of at battery recycling points all over the borough – we’ve got one here at the Brickworks.

Got a question about what can and can’t be recycled? This webpage has a great A-Z of recycling

Do you need to throw it away? Could you donate instead?

Unwanted furniture? Did you know we can collect bulky items? All upholstered furniture, eg sofa must have a fire label attached, otherwise we can’t legally sell it or give it to someone in need.

Furniture packages are given to families in need across Wigan borough. Donated furniture , available for low cost in our Brickworks showroom, with furniture packages also given out to people in need across Wigan. Furniture is also upcycled and repaired by our trainees and volunteers and then made available for sale – while raising money for our projects this also gives key employability skills to the people we work with. You could also contact BHF, The Storehouse, Age Concern etc

Unwanted bikes? Check out Gearing Up @ The Brickworks to donate bikes, or get one serviced so it’s usable

Unwanted clothes? Donate to The Brickshop @ Gidlow Lane (clean clothes, bedding and fabrics)

Unwanted bric a brac? Donate to The Brickshop @ Gidlow Lane

Unwanted electricals? WEEE point in the Brickworks and The Brick ReWorks, and at Lidl in Standish. Currys PC World also offer a take back scheme (no purchase necessary)

Surplus food? The Brick Food Community takes donations of tinned and packaged food and gives out much needed food to people in need across Wigan.

The Brick Project offers a huge range of services to people who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis. This includes Crisis Intervention, Hospital to Home, Asset Coaching and Wigan’s largest Foodbank. As its name suggests, it provides a safe, solid building block for people in crisis to begin rebuilding their lives.

The Brick Shop is a charity shop selling donated goods, often to people on low incomes. The shop gives clothes free of charge to people referred by Wigan Council. The shop is one of the main hubs within its community.


The Brick Works offers training to increase the employment opportunities for people who are unemployed for a variety of reasons. This may include homelessness or recently housed people referred.


The Brick Giving aims to put an end to poverty and homelessness in Wigan and Leigh. Our #BrickbyBrick campaign is working to raise £175,000 to purchase The Brick Works and make sure no one in our community is left behind.


The Brick Re-Use has been set up to help educate people in the Wigan Borough about recycling and re-use. We also turn unwanted goods into lovingly restored furniture for families in need.