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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.

You can find your nearest tip by clicking on the My Durham tab at the top of this page, enter your house name or number and your postcode.

HWRCs on a map

Find our HWRCs on a map.

Click on the 'i' button and then on the place you want more information about.

HWRC opening hours

See the opening times for our Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Summer opening times are April to September. Winter opening times are October to March.  All HWRCs are closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

If you've got a large load, we advise you to get there at least 30 minutes before closing time so that you have time to unload. 

Sites open every day

  • Summer: 9.00am - 6.00pm
  • Winter: 9.00am - 3.30pm
HWRCAddress
Annfield PlainMorrison Busty Industrial Estate, Annfield Plain  DH9 7XW
HeighingtonHeighington Lane, Newton Aycliffe  DL5 6AP
Middleton-in-TeesdaleHighways Depot off B6277, Middleton-in-Teesdale  DL12 0NG
Potterhouse LanePotterhouse Lane, Pity Me, Durham  DH1 5RL
RomanwayRomanway Industrial Estate, Tindale Crescent, Bishop Auckland  DL14 9AW
SeahamStrangford Road, Seaham  SR7 8QE
TudhoeTudhoe Industrial Estate, Spennymoor  DL16 6TL

Sites open every day except Friday

  • Summer: Mon - Thurs 10.00am - 4.00pm, weekends and bank holidays 9.00am - 6.00pm
  • Winter: Mon to Thurs 10.00am - 4.00pm, weekends and bank holidays 9.00am - 3.30pm
HWRCAddress
CoxhoeCoxhoe Quarry  DH6 4RT
HordenB1283 Sunderland Road, Peterlee  SR8 3SX
ThornleyThornley Crossings Industrial Estate, Salters Lane, Shotton Colliery  DH6 2QA

Sites open Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays only

  • Summer: 9.00am- 6.00pm
  • Winter: 9.00am - 3.30pm
HWRCAddress
Hett HillsB6313 Chester-le-Street to Craghead, Chester-le-Street  DH2 3JX
Stainton GroveBarnard Castle  DL12 8UH

Frosterley recycling site trial

A mobile recycling centre at Frosterley will operate extended dates for a trial period on certain Saturdays between December 2014 and July 2015. Find out more about Frosterley recycling site trial including dates and opening times.

What can you dispose of at a HWRC?

HWRCs are for household waste only. Download Household Waste Recycling Centre information (PDF, 204kb) to see a full list of what can be disposed of at each site.

Do you need a permit?

Yes, there are some instances where you will need a permit.

Vehicles that need a permit to enter the HWRC

Only certain types of vehicles can enter a HWRC. Find out if your vehicle is ok and, if not, how to apply for a household waste permit through our waste permit scheme.

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.

Business and landlord waste

By law all waste from businesses and landlords cannot be disposed of at a HWRC.