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Thornley HWRC (tip)

Thornley household waste recycling centre operates every day except Friday.

Opening hours

We are currently operating on Winter opening hours (October to March), as follows:

DayOpening Times
Monday10.00am - 4.00pm
Tuesday10.00am - 4.00pm
Wednesday10.00am - 4.00pm
Thursday10.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday9.00am - 3.30pm
Sunday9.00am - 3.30pm

N.B. All recycling centres are closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, other Bank Holidays operate using weekend opening hours.

Before you set off - what you need to know

  • Give 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.


Please follow government guidance when visiting our sites and be aware that there may be long wait times. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

There is a limit on the number of cars on each site, which means that you may have to queue outside the site before you're allowed to enter. You may be turned away if the queues are too long and asked to return another time when it is safe to do so.

Please make sure you wash your hands before and after visit and keep 2m apart.

We offer assistance with heavy items to the elderly and disabled at all sites. Ask a member of staff on site for assistance.

What you can dispose of at a recycling centre

Recycling centres are for household waste only. Staff on site may ask you about the type and quantity of waste you are disposing of, if they believe it may be business or landlord waste.

The following items can be recycled at this site:

  • soil and rubble
  • wood and plasterboard
  • garden waste
  • scrap metal
  • gas bottles
  • waste oil and car batteries
  • tyres (maximum of 5 tyres)
  • household batteries
  • TV's and monitors
  • fridges and electrical appliances
  • fluorescent light tubes
  • paper and cardboard ( only wrapping paper and card without foil and glitter can be recycled)
  • cans and glass
  • plastics and cartons
  • textiles and shoes
  • cooking oil
  • general waste and carpets (accepted on site, but not separated for recycling)

Business and landlord waste

Commercial and trade waste is not accepted at this recycling centre.

If you are a business or landlord, Stainton Grove HWRC (tip) is the only recycling centre in County Durham where you can legally get rid of your trade waste. 

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

Find us

Thornley Crossings Industrial Estate, Salters Lane, Shotton Colliery  DH6 2QA

Contact us
Customer Services
03000 26 0000
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