Where to take your waste & recycling

Where to take your waste & recycling

Here you will find details of where you can take your waste and recycling, you can check household waste recovery centre opening times and apply for a waste permit.

Local recycling points

Recycling points are small collection points where you can recycle things like glass bottles, jars, shoes and clothes. There are more than 170 locations across Northumberland, often in car parks or near shops and pubs.

Find your local recycling points - they're closer than you think.

Use our interactive map to show local recycling point locations in Northumberland

Or, if you prefer, you may still access our pdf lists of recycling banks on the links below:
  • Please note that there are no glass recycling banks in Heddon-on-the-wall at present. We apologise for the inconvenience and are actively seeking a new site. 
  • The glass banks that were removed from 'White Elephant, Ashington' have been relocated to the Fox Cover Tavern, Freeman Way, North Seaton Industrial Estate, NE63 0YB.
  • The glass banks that were removed from the old pit entrance, Ellington during November 2016 was due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologise for the inconvenience and are actively seeking a new site, which is proving to be difficult.
Please check the map or the lists below to find alternative sites closeby.  We aplogise for any inconvenience caused. Report a full public bottle bank by:

Household waste recovery centres

There are 12 centres across the county where you can take your household waste.

Information about the 12 Household Waste Recovery Centres (HWRC's)
  • All 12 HWRC's will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • For all other details about opening days, please click on your local site name below for details.
Find your local recycling point using the link below or click on your local household waste recovery centre name:

Allendale
Address: Shilburn Road, NE47 9LG, view location map
Phone: 0345 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers

Opening times:

  • 1 April to 31 October - 8am to 7.30pmOpen 4 days a week-  Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • 1 November to 31 March - 8am to 6pm- Open 4 days a week-  Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Open on bank holidays (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed)

NB- please click here for information about the recent changes to site opening days at this site since Tuesday 4 October 2016

 

Alnwick
Address: Plot B, Lionheart Enterprise Park, Alnwick, NE66 2HT, view location map
Phone: 0345 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers

Opening times:

Open seven days a week (including bank holidays), except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed.
  • 1 April to 31 October - 8am to 7.30pm
  • 1 November to 31 March - 8am to 6pm

 

Bebside
Address: Hathery Lane, Bebside, NE24 4HN, view location map
Phone: 0345 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers 

Opening times:

Open seven days a week (including bank holidays), except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed.
  • 1 April to 31 October - 8am to 7.30pm
  • 1 November to 31 March - 8am to 6pm

 

Berwick
Address: Ramparts Business Park, Berwick, TD15 1UN, view location map
Phone: 0345 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers 

Opening times:

Open seven days a week (including bank holidays), except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed.
  • 1 April to 31 October - 8am to 7.30pm
  • 1 November to 31 March - 8am to 6pm

 

Haltwhistle
Address: Town Foot, Haltwhistle, NE49 0ET, view location map
Phone: 0345 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers 

Opening times:

  • 1 April to 31 October - 8am to 7.30pm - Open 4 days a week-  Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • 1 November to 31 March - 8am to 6pm- Open 4 days a week-  Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Open on bank holidays (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed)

NB- please click here for information about the recent changes to site opening days at this site since Tuesday 4 October 2016

 

Hexham
Address: French Garden Industrial Estate, Hexham, NE46 4DL, view location map
Phone: 0345 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers 

Opening times:

Open seven days a week (including bank holidays), except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed.
  • 1 April to 31 October - 8am to 7.30pm
  • 1 November to 31 March - 8am to 6pm

 

Kirkley West Thorn
Address: near Ponteland - please turn off the A696 at The Waggon Inn, where signposted to the household waste recovery centre. Please use postcode NE20 0DH for locating by sat nav. View location map
Phone: 0345 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers

Opening times:

  • 1 April to 31 October - 8am to 7.30pm - Open 4 days a week-  Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • 1 November to 31 March - 8am to 6pm- Open 4 days a week-  Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Open on bank holidays (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed)

NB- please click here for information about the recent changes to site opening days at this site since Tuesday 4 October 2016

Morpeth
Address: Morpeth, NE61 3AB, view location map
Phone: 0345 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers 

Opening times:

Open seven days a week (including bank holidays), except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed.
  • 1 April - 31st October- 8am - 7:30pm
  • 1 November - 31st March- 8am - 6pm

 

North Seaton
Address: North Seaton Industrial Estate, Ashington, NE63 0YB, view location map
Phone: 0345 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers

Opening times:

Open seven days a week (including bank holidays), except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed.
  • 1 April to 31 October - 8am to 7.30pm
  • 1 November to 31 March - 8am to 6pm

 

North Sunderland
Address: near Seahouses, NE68 7UP, view location map
Phone: 0845 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers

Opening times:

  • 1 April to 31 October - 8am to 7.30pm - Open 4 days a week-  Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • 1 November to 31 March - 8am to 6pm- Open 4 days a week-  Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Open on bank holidays (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed)

NB- please click here for information about the recent changes to site opening days at this site since Tuesday 4 October 2016
Prudhoe
Address: Broomhouse Road, West Wylam, NE42 5ED, view location map
Phone: 0345 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers

Opening times:

Open seven days a week (including bank holidays), except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed.
  • 1 April to 31 October - 8am to 7.30pm
  • 1 November to 31 March - 8am to 6pm

 

Wooler
Address: Brewery Lane, NE71 6QG, view location map
Phone: 0345 600 6400 or one of our local phone numbers

Opening times:

  • 1 April to 31 October - 8am to 7.30pm - Open 4 days a week-  Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • 1 November to 31 March - 8am to 6pm- Open 4 days a week-  Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Open on bank holidays (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it is closed)

NB- please click here for information about the recent changes to site opening days at this site since Tuesday 4 October 2016

 

What can I recycle at my household waste recovery centre?

Here you will find information about what waste we accept at household waste recovery centres.

Recycling Rubbish
Automotive – car batteries, used engine oil, tyres (maximum five tyres in a year) Plastic wrappings
Bric-a-brac (except Berwick) For local resale off-site under licence.  Polystyrene
Cans – (rinsed food and drinks cans) Nappies (please bag and tie at the top)
Cardboard (flatten, remove plastic wrapping) Food waste (please bag and tie at the top)
Cartons (rinsed)  
DIY materials (new rules here) No asbestos permitted – see hazardous waste  
Electrical items  
Garden waste  
Glass bottles and jars  
Light bulbs (at special collection point - do not put in bottle bank)  
Metals  
Paper (clean, un-shredded)  
Plastic bottles (rinse, remove lids)  
Textiles e.g. clothes and shoes (bagged and paired)  
   
 
View full details of what can be recycled at the 12 centres here (PDF).

Hazardous household waste

​Household waste recovery centres accept certain types of hazardous waste including car batteries, fridges, gas cylinders, used engine oil and televisions.

Other types of hazardous household waste, for example, certain garden chemicals, flammable solvents and asbestos, may be eligible for our free collection service.

Household waste permits

From 1 September 2014 the scheme changed - now any one household is allowed a maximum of 12 permits per year.

If you want to use a van, trade-type vehicle or a trailer longer than 1.52 metres (5ft) to take your waste to one of our household waste recovery centres, you will need a household waste permit. 

For health and safety reasons, large vans or lorries will not be permitted access, nor will any vehicle with a trailer more than three metres in length (approximately 9ft 10 inch), or any vehicle with more than four wheels.

If you are disposing of DIY waste, please view our DIY waste new rules below.

Applying for a permit

It is essential to accurately describe the waste that you want to dispose of with the permit. More information is available in our trade type vehicle waste permit leaflet, or click here to view our frequently asked questions.

Electronic permits: Use the link above to apply for an electronic permit, which will be emailed to you within minutes and can be printed or simply displayed on your smartphone for the site attendant to scan.

Postal permits: Permits requested by post are sent to your home address within two workings days, or they can be collected at a nominated customer information centre.

Each permit is:

  • free of charge
  • valid for one visit
  • only valid for your household waste
Permits are not valid for business waste, landlord waste or waste from a property other than your own home - please click here for business waste information.

For information on hiring a skip please try skipandbin.com who have a database of over 1000 licensed skip hire companies from across the UK.

Apply for a household waste permit online here
 

DIY waste - new rules

Rules regarding DIY waste disposal for all types of vehicles.

Annual limit for DIY waste

Residents may dispose of no more than six cubic yards of DIY waste per household in one year. This rule applies to all types of vehicles and trailers and all types of DIY waste including the following; rubble, tiles and slates, laminate flooring, garden sheds, bathroom and kitchen fittings, and window frames. 
Pay as you throw - rubble, plasterboard, soil and ceramic bathroom and kitchen fittings
Since 14 September 2015, residents disposing of rubble, plasterboard and soil at any of the household waste recovery centres have been charged a nominal fee, and from 18 July 2016 that charging now includes ceramic bathroom and kitchen fittings. These are payable by credit, debit or prepaid card only. Cash and cheques are not accepted.