Recycling centres (tips)
Your local household waste recycling centre (HWRC) or tip, is the place to recycle and dispose of household waste.
Find your nearest tip by using our My Durham search at the top of this page. Enter your house name or number and your postcode, and go to the My Area button.
- Recycling centres on a map
- Recycling centre opening times
- What can you dispose of at a HWRC?
- Do you need a permit?
Recycling centres are for household waste only. Please be aware that staff on site may ask you about the type and quantity of the waste you are disposing of, if they believe it may be trade waste. Downloadto see a full list of what can be disposed of at each site.
Please note: only wrapping paper and card without foil and glitter can be recycled at HWRCs.
Yes, there are some instances where you will need a permit.
Vehicles that need a permit to enter the recycling centre
Only certain types of vehicles can enter a recycling centre. Find out if your vehicle is ok and, if not, how to apply for a household waste permit through our waste permit scheme.
Disabled/elderly or infirm residents
Assistance is available upon request at all recycling centres to help you dispose of your waste. Upon arrival please remain in your vehicle and speak to a site operative to advise them that you need assistance.
Household hazardous waste
Chemicals and hazardous materials like paint, asbestos and bleach must be disposed of carefully. Find out more about household hazardous waste and how to apply for a hazardous waste permit.
HWRCs do not offer secure data removal or confidentiality of data, therefore it is your responsibility to ensure your data is removed before depositing any item for recycling or reuse. Items include electronic and mobile devices as well as paper documents.
It is against the law for waste from businesses and landlords to be disposed of at a recycling centre. The staff on site regularly monitor the type and quantity of residents' waste and anyone believed to be disposing of trade waste will be asked to provide further information.
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