What you can recycle
Small electrical and battery items include:
Freeview boxes CD players and radios Remote controls Electronic toys Headphones Hairdryers Hair straighteners/Curling tongs Hair trimmers Electric shavers Electric toothbrushes Kettles Digital alarm clocks Irons Toasters Sandwich makers Electric scales Blenders Power tools Sat Navs Digital cameras Handheld game consoles Tablets and phones Extension leads
If the item you are looking to recycle isn't small enough to fit in a carrier bag, please recycle it at one of our
Household Waste Recycling Centres.
We do not offer secure data removal or confidentiality of data, therefore it is your responsibility to ensure your information is removed before depositing any item for recycling or reuse.
There are also battery recycling tubes available at each collection point. The following household batteries are accepted: 6V, D, 9V, C, AA, AAA, Button. We also accept batteries from electrical and electronic equipment including mobile phone, laptop and power tool batteries. Lithium batteries must have both terminals taped over.
We cannot accept Car Batteries, other Industrial Batteries, or any Battery with a wire connected through this scheme. Where the local collection points are
Find your nearest collection point
Barnard Castle - Barnard Castle Library, Witham Building, 2 Hall Street, Barnard Castle DL12 8JB Barnard Castle - Teesdale Leisure Centre, Strathmore Road, Barnard Castle DL12 8DS Belmont - Age UK County Durham Superstore, Mandale Business Park, Belmont DH1 1TH Bishop Auckland -Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP Bishop Auckland - Woodhouse Close Church Community Centre, Proudfoot Drive, Bishop Auckland DL14 6PD Bishop Auckland - Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex, Woodhouse Lane, Bishop Auckland DL14 6JX Bishop Auckland -Woodhouse Close Library,Woodhouse Lane, Bishop Auckland DL14 6JX Blackhall Colliery -Blackhall Library, 14 Middle St, Blackhall Colliery, Hartlepool TS27 4EA Bowburn - Bowburn Library, 31 Durham Road, Bowburn, Durham DH6 5AT Blackhall - Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, Blackhall Colliery TS27 4LG Brandon - Brandon Library, Lowland Road, Brandon, Durham DH7 8NN Burnhope - Burnhope Community Centre, Langley Avenue, Burnhope DH7 0AG Chester- le-Street - The Brockwell Centre, 2 Craghead Road, Chester- le-Street DH2 2NH Chester-le-Street - Chester-Le-Street Leisure Centre, Burns Green, Chester-le-Street DH3 3QH Chester-le-Street - REfUSE Café, 143b Front Street, Chester-le-Street DH3 3AU (Only open for collections Tuesdays to Saturdays 10.00am to 4.00pm) Chester-le-Street - Chester-le-Street Library, Station Road, Chester-Le-Street, DH3 3BP Chilton - Chilton Library, 1A Durham Road, Chilton, Ferryhill DL17 0EX Cockfield - YMCA Teesdale Community Cafe, Lipscomb Hall, Cockfield DL13 5DL Consett - Business Durham, Consett Business Park, Villa Real, Consett DH8 6BP Consett - Citizens House, Station Road, Consett DH8 5RL Consett - Consett Computers, Inside Morrisons, Front Street, Consett DH8 5RE Consett - Consett Library, Victoria Road, Consett DH8 5AT Consett - Glenroyd House, Medomsley Road, Consett DH8 5HL Consett - MAC Security and Fire Limited, Hownsgill Drive, Consett DH8 9HU Consett - Rendles Furniture, 56-58 Front Street, Consett DH8 5AL Cornforth - The Cornforth Partnership, Cornforth House, 68 High Street, Cornforth, Ferryhill DL17 9HS Cornforth - Cornforth Library,High St, Cornforth, Ferryhill DL17 9HP Coundon - Coundon Library,Eden Centre, Victoria Lane, Coundon, Bishop Auckland DL14 8NP Crook - St Catherine's Community Centre, South Street, Crook DL15 8NE Crook - Crook Library, Civic Centre, North Terrace, Crook DL15 9ES Durham City - Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre, Freeman's Place, Durham DH1 1SW Durham City - Clayport Library, 8 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA Durham City - St John's Church, Crossgate Peth, Neville's Cross, County Durham DH1 4DU Easington Colliery - Easington Colliery Library , Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery, Peterlee SR8 3PN Escomb - Escomb Village Hall, High Escomb, Bishop Auckland DL14 7ST (Only open for collections Wednesday's 9.00am to 10.30am) Esh Winning - Hamsteels Community Centre, Western Avenue, Esh Winning, Durham DH7 9LS Ferryhill - Dean Bank and Ferryhill Literary Institute, Saint Cuthbert's Terrace, Ferryhill DL17 8PP Ferryhill - Ferryhill Leisure Centre, Lambton Road, Ferryhill DL17 8TB Great Lumley - Great Lumley Community Centre, Front Street, Great Lumley, Chester-Le-Street DH3 4JD Haswell - The Lisa Dixon Centre, Burt Close, Haswell, Durham DH6 2DA Lanchester - Lanchester Library, 1 Lee Hill Court, Lanchester, Durham DH7 0QE Meadowfield - Meadowfield Leisure Centre, John Street North, Meadowfield DH7 8RG Newton Aycliffe - Newton Aycliffe Library, Leisure Centre, Beveridge Arcade, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4EH Newton Hall - All Saints Church, Newton Hall, Carr House Drive, Durham DH1 5LT Newton Hall - Newton Hall Library, 11 Alnwick Road, Durham, DH1 5NL Ouston - Ouston Community Centre, Iris Crescent, Ouston, Chester-le-Street DH2 1RJ Pelton - Pelton Community Centre, Front Street, Pelton, Chester-le-Street DH2 1DE Pelton - Pelton Library, The Lavander Centre, Pelton Lane, Chester-le-Street, DH2 1NW Peterlee - Horden Centennial Centre - Seventh Street, Horden, Peterlee SR8 4LX Peterlee - Oakerside Community Centre, Oakerside Drive, Peterlee SR8 1NR Peterlee - Peterlee Library, Leisure Centre, Saint Cuthberts Way, Peterlee SR8 1AF Pity Me - Abbey Leisure Centre, Abbey Road, Pity Me DH1 5DQ Quaking Houses - Quaking Houses Village Hall Association, Second Street, Quaking Houses, Stanley DH9 7HQ (Only open for collections Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00am to 2.00pm) Sacriston - The Fulforth Centre, Front Street, Sacriston DH7 6JT Seaham - Seaham Leisure Centre, The Recreation Ground, Deneside, Seaham SR7 8NP Sedgefield - Sedgefield Library, Front Street, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 3AT Shildon - Shildon Alive, 91-95 Church Street, Shildon, DL4 1DT Shildon - Shildon Town Council - Council Offices, Civic Hall Square, Shildon DL4 1AH Shildon - Shildon Leisure Centre, Middridge Lane, Shildon DL4 2EP Shildon - Shildon Library, 11 Main Street, Shildon, DL4 1AJ Shotton Colliery - Shotton Community Hub, Bridge Road, Shotton Colliery DH6 2PQ South Hetton - The Robin Todd Centre, Front Street, South Hetton DH6 2TH Spennymoor - Durham County Carers, Enterprise House, Enterprise City, Meadowfield Avenue Spennymoor DL16 6JF Spennymoor - Spennymoor Leisure Centre, High Street, Spennymoor,DL16 6DB Spennymoor - Spennymoor Library, 24 Cheapside, Spennymoor, DL16 6DJ Spennymoor - Spennymoor Youth and Community Centre - Rushmoor, Merrington View, Spennymoor DL16 6PP Stanley - Business Durham, Tanfield Lea Business Centre Tanfield Lea, Stanley, DH9 9DB Stanley - Stanley Library, The Louisa Centre, Front Street Stanley, DH9 0TE Tanfield Lea - The Activity Den, Tanfield Lea, Stanley DH9 9LU Thornley- Thornley Library, High Street, Thornley, Durham DH6 3EL Trimdon - Trimdon Library, Church Road, Trimdon TS29 6PY Tudhoe - Tudhoe Community Centre, St David's Close, Tudhoe DL16 6TA Ushaw Moor - Ushaw Moor Community Garden, Rear of Durham Road, Ushaw Moor DH7 7LF (Only Open for collections Saturdays 10.00am to12.00pm) Wheatley Hill - The Greenhills Centre, Stephen's Terrace, Wheatley Hill, DH6 3JS Willington - Willington Library, 46A High St, Willington, Crook DL15 0PG Wingate -Wingate Library, 55 Front Street, Wingate TS28 5AA Witton-le-Wear - Witton-le-Wear Community Centre, School Street, Witton-le-Wear, Bishop Auckland, DL14 0AS Wolsingham - Lifestyle Fitness Wolsingham, Leazes Lane, Wolsingham DL13 3DN Local collection points on a map How to enter the competition
Recycle at your local collection point and enter our free monthly competition to be in with a chance to win a prize courtesy of our partners at AO.com.
To enter our monthly competition,
contact us by email with the name of the item you recycled (e.g. kettle) and the collection point reference number (the container at each collection point has a number e.g. number 1). You will then be entered into that month's free prize draw. Winners will be picked at random and notified by email. apply. Items that are working and in good condition
If you have items that are unwanted but in working order/good condition, these can be donated to your local reuse charity. Visit
Reusing furniture and household items or Recycle for County Durham on Facebook for more information. How to recycle larger electrical items
Larger electrical items such as TVs and laptop computers can be recycled at any of the household waste recycling centres. Visit
Recycling centres (tips) for more information. Why you should recycle
For every item we recycle, we are reducing the need to use raw materials, which helps save energy and precious resources. Metal can be recycled endlessly, without loss of quality. Did you know, recycling just one toaster will create enough steel to make 25 new cans?
Do you have any items that you think could be repaired? Why not visit our touring Repair Café, where there will be repair, reuse and recycling points for small electrical items.
We're working with County Durham Furniture Help Scheme who will have experts on hand to take a look at your broken item to see if it can be repaired. In some instances we may need to send your item away but a lot of the time a simple fix can be done there and then and for free.
There will also be a swap shop running for any clean clothes in good condition as well as lots of information on repair and reuse from our designated team.
Our next repair cafe is at Quaking Houses Village Hall Association, Stanley, DH9 7HQ between 10:00am and 1:00pm, Saturday 3 September.