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.
Sites open Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays only
Summer: 9.00am- 6.00pm*
Winter: 9.00am - 3.30pm
B6313 Chester-le-Street to Craghead, Chester-le-Street DH2 3JX
*Hett Hills will be open from Friday 14 April to Friday 21 April to help with the Easter period. The site will then return to its standard weekend and bank holiday opening on Saturday 22 April 2017.
Barnard Castle DL12 8UH
Frosterley recycling site trial
A mobile recycling centre at Frosterley will operate extended dates, on alternate Saturdays until 26 August 2017 (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.
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.
HWRCs do not offer secure data removal, therefore it is your responsibility to ensure your data is removed before depositing any item for recycling or reuse.
Business and landlord waste
By law all waste from businesses and landlords cannot be disposed of at a recycling centre.