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Recycling centres (tips)

Your local household waste recycling centre (HWRC) or tip, is the place to recycle and dispose of household waste.


Our Household Waste Recycling Centres are now open.

Please follow government guidance when visiting our sites and be aware that we are expecting extremely long wait times. 

Opening hours

The operation of the sites will be reviewed on a daily basis and the service will only continue to be provided if this is considered safe, both for the public, and for site operatives. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for changes to the opening times listed below.


Days openOpening hours
Annfield PlainEvery dayMonday - Saturday, 2.00pm - 8.00pm
Sunday, 9.00am - 8.00pm
CoxhoeEvery dayMonday - Saturday, 2.00pm - 8.00pm
Sunday, 9.00am - 8.00pm
HeighingtonEvery day9.00am - 6.00pm
Hett HillsEvery day9.00am - 6.00pm
HordenEvery day except Friday10.00am - 4.00pm weekdays
9.00am - 6.00pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays
Middleton-in-TeesdaleEvery day9.00am - 6.00pm
Potterhouse Lane (Pity Me)Every day9.00am - 6.00pm
RomanwayEvery day9.00am - 6.00pm
SeahamEvery day9.00am - 6.00pm
Stainton Grove (Barnard Castle) - HWRC only*Every day9.00am - 6.00pm
ThornleyEvery dayMonday - Saturday, 2.00pm - 8.00pm
Sunday, 9.00am - 8.00pm
TudhoeEvery day9.00am - 6.00pm

*Stainton Grove's trade waste facility and re-use shop remain closed.

Waste permits

Large vehicles and trailers still need a waste permit. If you already have a permit, this is still valid.

If you are dropping off chemicals (for example bleach), gloss or lead based paints, or asbestos, you need a hazardous waste permit. Please see our household hazardous waste page for information on how to request this and also which sites accept these items (not all sites do).

Changes in place to keep you safe

    There will be limit on the number of cars on each site at any time. This means that you may have to queue outside the site before you're allowed to enter. We will be monitoring this queue and working with the police to ensure that traffic levels remain safe. You may even be turned away if the queues are too long and asked to return another time when it is safe to do so.

    We're expecting queues to be longest between 9.00am and 11.00am, so you may want to visit on an afternoon.

      We're not able to give assistance on site at this time. If you're bringing a heavy item to the tip, which takes two people to lift it into your vehicle at home, those two people will be required on site to lift it out.

      Please ensure that you:

      • wash hands before and after your visit
      • keep 2m apart

      Find your nearest tip

      Use our postcode lookup below to find your nearest tip.

      Recycling centres 

      What you can dispose of at a recycling centre

      Recycling centres are for household waste only. Staff on site may ask you about the type and quantity of waste you are disposing of, if they believe it may be business or landlord waste.

      Download Icon for pdf Household Waste Recycling Centre information (PDF, 317.9kb)  to see a full list of what can be disposed of at each site. If you want to get rid of trade or commercial waste, please see Commercial and trade waste services we offer.

      Please note: only wrapping paper and card without foil and glitter can be recycled at HWRCs.

      Do you need a permit?

      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 garden and household waste permit.

      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.

      Cat litter, human and animal poo: you do not need a permit for this, but it must be double bagged, sealed and separate from other rubbish for health and safety reasons, or we can't accept it. You must tell staff if you have this waste and they will direct you where to put it.

      Business and landlord waste

      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.

      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.

      Personal data

      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.

      Contact us
      Customer Services
      03000 26 0000
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