Waste permits are currently taking 48 hours to process. Please allow for this time if you intend to pick up your permit/s from one of our customer access points.
There are no changes to bin collections in County Durham during the Bank Holiday week (w/c 29 May). Please place your rubbish, recycling (bin/box) or garden waste bins out at the kerbside for collection as normal, by 7.00am, on your usual collection day.
Any household waste that puts health or the environment at risk must be disposed of at a specially licensed Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) / tip. Hazardous waste includes chemicals like bleach, gloss or lead based paint or sprays and asbestos.
Apply for a waste permit. The permit is only valid for the date you arrange it for. The details of the waste on your permit must match what you bring.
You can only apply for one permit at a time. You can choose to collect it or have it posted out to you but you must give at least 48 hours notice.
You will need a household hazardous waste permit to dispose of chemicals, gloss and lead based paint and sprays or asbestos. You don't need a hazardous waste permit for electrical goods and batteries, these can be disposed of at any HWRC.
Hazardous waste permits can be used from Monday to Sunday (7 days a week). Our Household Waste Recycling Centre page lists their opening times.
Only certain types of vehicles can enter a HWRC. Download Who needs a waste permit (PDF, 67kb) which provides more information on whether your vehicle can enter the site.
Ensure your waste is safely packaged and doesn't exceed the limits by following the guidelines below.