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.
If you are visiting a Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip) with a van, pickup, minibus or you are towing a trailer you will need a waste permit. You can apply for up to three permits at one time.
A single waste permit is required per visit, which you hand to a member of staff when you arrive. There are three types of permit.
Mixed waste permit - If you apply for three in one go they must be used within one 28 day period.
Garden waste permit - If you are disposing of garden waste only (including leaves, pruning, grass cuttings, branches, trees) you can pre book when you would like to visit the sites when you apply. If you apply for three each one will be valid for 28 days from the date you request.
Household hazardous waste permit - This permit can only be used at specially licensed recycling sites. Find out more about what you need a Household hazardous waste permits permit for, which sites accept this waste and how to apply.
Only certain types of vehicles can enter a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC). Download Who needs a waste permit? (PDF, 68kb) which provides more information on whether your vehicle can enter the site.
Our permit scheme was introduced to prevent commercial and trade waste from being illegally taken to our HWRCs.