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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.

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 Icon for pdf Household Waste Recycling Centre information (PDF, 129.2kb)  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

 Like our Recycle for County Durham on Facebook page to get handy tips and information on reducing waste, reusing, recycling and composting.

 

 

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