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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.

Use our postcode lookup below to find your nearest tip.

Recycling centre opening times

Opening day and times at our recycling centres vary. See which sites are open on what days and when.

Days openRecycling centre (tip)Opening times (October to March)Opening times (April to September)
Every day9.00am to 3.30pm9.00am to 6.00pm
Every day except Friday

Monday to Thursday, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, 9.00am - 3.30pm

Monday to Thursday, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, 9.00am to 6.00pm

Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays only*

9.00am to 3.30pm 

9.00am to 6.00pm
Alternate Saturdays9.00am to 12.00 noon - see Frosterley for open dates.9.00am to 12.00 noon

*Over Christmas Hett Hills is open more often - see Hett Hills for more information. 

Please note that all sites are closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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.

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