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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.

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.

What can you dispose of at a recycling centre?

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. 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.

Reuse shop at Stainton Grove

Stainton Grove has a reuse shop where the following items will be accepted:

  • beds (no mattresses)
  • carpets/rugs
  • white goods
  • electrical cookers
  • toys
  • soft toys with CE label
  • tools
  • DVDs/CDs
  • books
  • radios/music players
  • bric-a-brac
  • bicycles
  • garden equipment
  • clothes, bags, shoes and bedding
  • small electrical appliances (except mobile phones, computer towers or laptops)

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 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.

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.

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.

Find out more about how you can dispose of your waste on our Commercial or trade waste collection and Waste from landlords  pages.

Tips and information on reducing waste, resusing, recycling and composting 

 Like our Recycle for County Durham on Facebook page to get handy tips and information on reducing waste, reusing, recycling and composting.


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