We do not offer secure data removal or confidentiality of data, therefore it is your responsibility to ensure your information is removed before depositing any item for recycling or reuse.
There are also battery recycling tubes available at each collection point. The following household batteries are accepted: 6V, D, 9V, C, AA, AAA, Button. We also accept batteries from electrical and electronic equipment including mobile phone, laptop and power tool batteries. Lithium batteries must have both terminals taped over.
We cannot accept Car Batteries, other Industrial Batteries, or any Battery with a wire connected through this scheme.
Where the local collection points are
Find your nearest collection point
Annfield Plain - Annfield Plain Library, North Road, Catchgate, Annfield Plain, Stanley DH9 8EZ
Please note, Durham County Council cannot provide accurate opening times for each collection point as the opening hours of many locations change on a week-by-week basis. Please contact each centre individually for advice on opening hours for that week.
How to enter the competition
Recycle at your local collection point and enter our free monthly competition to be in with a chance to win a prize courtesy of our partners at AO.com.
To enter our monthly competition, contact us by email with the name of the item you recycled (e.g. kettle) and the collection point reference number (the container at each collection point has a number e.g. number 1). You will then be entered into that month's free prize draw. Winners will be picked at random and notified by email. Terms and conditions (PDF, 130.1kb) apply.
Larger electrical items such as TVs and laptop computers can be recycled at any of the household waste recycling centres. Visit Recycling centres (tips) for more information.
Why you should recycle
For every item we recycle, we are reducing the need to use raw materials, which helps save energy and precious resources. Metal can be recycled endlessly, without loss of quality. Did you know, recycling just one toaster will create enough steel to make 25 new cans?
Do you have any items that you think could be repaired? Why not visit our touring Repair Café, where there will be repair, reuse and recycling points for small electrical items.
We're working with County Durham Furniture Help Scheme who will have experts on hand to take a look at your broken item to see if it can be repaired. In some instances we may need to send your item away but a lot of the time a simple fix can be done there and then and for free.
There will also be a swap shop running for any clean clothes in good condition as well as lots of information on repair and reuse from our designated team.
The next Repair Cafés will take place at:
The Guild Building to the rear of Shildon Civic Hall, Civic Hall Square, Shildon DL4 1AH Saturday 18 June 10.00am to 1.00pm
Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Rd, Blackhall Colliery, Hartlepool TS27 4LG Friday 15 July 10.30am to 1.30pm