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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 My Durham at the top of this page, enter your house name or number and your postcode.

Recycling centres (tips) opening hours

See the opening times for our recycling centres (tips).

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

Please allow yourself enough time to unload your waste before closing time of the site, otherwise you may be refused entry. If you've got a large load we advise you to get there at least 30 minutes before closing. Sorting your waste into material types before visiting the recycling centre may save you time at the site. Please note site staff will open bags to sort the waste.

Sites open every day

  • Summer: 9.00am - 6.00pm
  • Winter: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Recycling centreAddress
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
Recycling centreAddress
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
Recycling centreAddress
Hett Hills

B6313 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, on alternate Saturdays until 21 April 2018 (further dates are subject to review and will be communicated nearer the time). Find out more about Frosterley recycling site including dates and opening times.

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 Household Waste Recycling Centre information (PDF, 129kb) to see a full list of what can be disposed of at each site.

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 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 business and landlord pages:

Commercial or trade waste collection
Waste from landlords

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